McCall’s 8085- A Simple Summer Dress

One of the goals that I’ve established for myself during Me Made May was to use up my current fabric and pattern stash this year. So far, I’ve been doing a good job. I made a simple summer dress using a pattern and fabric that I bought last year. I bought both pattern and fabric online in June of 2020 since many stores were closed due to the pandemic. Although these have only been in my stash for a year, I still feel like it’s an accomplishment.

I used McCall’s 8085 to make this dress. This pattern is described as a loose-fitting, pull-over dress. There are options for sleeveless, long or short sleeves. There are also length variations and an option for a hemline ruffle.

I chose View C which is a sleeveless, maxi dress. It has a gathered skirt and elasticized waist. This pattern is labeled as very easy. Agreed, this dress was very easy to put together. It’s perfect for the beginner.

Fabric recommendations for this pattern are moderate stretch knits- cotton knits, jersey interlock and rib knits. I used a double brushed knit that I purchased from I used a yard and a half to make this dress.

It calls for seam binding for the shoulders. I have never used seam binding before but found out it is a narrow strip of fabric used to to cover hems or rough edges or to strengthen seams. I did not have any seam binding so I left this part out and the shoulders seamed to end up o.k.

I really like this pattern and plan to use it again to make the long sleeved version with the hemline ruffle.

Happy Sewing!


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