Lovely in Linen Dress- McCalls 8084

I made McCalls 8084 for my daughter in a red and black bubble crepe fabric for Valentine’s day. It turned out great and she loved it. She liked it so much that she asked for another one in a linen fabric.

McCalls’s 8084 is described as a semi-fitted dress with a tie front bodice and dolman sleeves. The tie front has a little keyhole opening at the bodice. There is an option for a ruffled sleeve or elastic cuff sleeve. It has an elasticized waist and length variations. There is also an option to do a hemline ruffle.

For my daughter’s Valentine’s day dress, I made the ruffled sleeve and the shorter length skirt. The recommended fabrics for this pattern are crepes, challis, stable knits and cotton blends. Linen is not a recommended fabric but I feel that it paired up pretty well.

For my daughter’s linen dress, I did not make the ruffled sleeves. I intended to but we didn’t buy enough fabric for the ruffles and when we went back to Joann to buy more, we ended up buying a slightly different shade of the fabric. Luckily, I had cut whatever fabric was left over from the dress to make slightly longer sleeves just in case the ruffles didn’t work out. I re-attached them and it turned out well. I still like the ruffled sleeves better but the regular sleeves have a more simple look.

Well, hello….

For my daughter’s valentines dress, I modified the pattern so that there would not be a keyhole opening at the bodice. For the linen dress, I went ahead and stuck to the pattern which included the keyhole opening and it looks really cute.

The Valentines day dress

Can’t wait to see how she looks in her new linen dress!

Happy Sewing!


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