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Bohemian Flouncy Sleeved Tie Dress- McCalls 8084

I made another McCall’s 8084. I used a fabric that I purchased from L.A. Finch Fabrics. It’s a designer deadstock rayon woven named Abstract Bohemian. I bought 4 yards of end of bolt fabric and this is the second dress that I made using this fabric. The first dress was McCalls 7969- A Very Bohemian Billowy Sleeved Dress

This is the third dress I made using this pattern. I made the first dress using McCall’s 8084 for my daughter for Valentine’s Day. McCall’s 8084- A Valentine’s Day Dress for my daughter. She loved it and asked me to make her another one in linen. Lovely in Linen Dress- McCalls 8084.

All three dresses were made using View A.

McCall’s 8084 is a pattern for a semi-fitted dress with a tie front bodice. It has dolman sleeves, with an option for a flounce on the sleeve (View A) ruffle or an elastic cuff (view B). It has an elasticized waist and different length variations. View B has a hemline ruffle. The recommended fabrics for this pattern are crepes, challis, stable knits and cotton blends.

I chose View A for my bohemian flouncy sleeved tie dress. I love the flouncy sleeves. It has a shorter length which was perfect for the amount of fabric I had left. I had a little over 2 yards left and this view calls for 2 3/8 yard. Somehow, I was able to make it work and I think it might be because I made some modifications.

When I made my daughter’s dresses, I made the size large throughout the whole dress. For this dress, I made the top a size medium and kept the bottom a size large. I felt that the neckline was a bit low and although making the top part of the dress one size smaller helps a little bit, I went ahead and traced the ties a couple inches higher. I had to also retrace the facing to match the size medium as well as the higher neckline.

Also, when I made my daughter’s valentines dress, I modified the pattern so that there would not be a keyhole opening at the bodice. But for this dress, I went ahead and stuck to the pattern which included the keyhole opening and it looks really cute. I think that making the size medium top and size large made the keyhole a little larger, but luckily the ties hide it.

My favorite part of this dress are the flouncy sleeves. I also like that this dress has pockets. The elasticized waist makes this dress feel comfortable.

The parts that I am not too happy about is that the top is boxy and the sleeve area is a bit big and falls low.

The dress is still cute and I’m looking forward to wearing it one day.

Happy sewing!

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