Love this but a few niggles

A review of McCalls Dresses M8030

Reviewed by Love, Lucie on 31st May, 2021

This is the McCalls M8030 Josie dress which my mum and I both fancied last year. My mum recently made hers up a few weeks ago using a fine viscose, which I really loved and gave me the impetus to make up my own.


It’s a great dress, I’ve never worn this length before, but I think it works.

It looks lovely from the back too.

I made up a size M for bust 34 – 36. I’m 35.5”.

I was concerned about width on the hip as I’d read that many sewers found it less than generous around the bum, but when checking the finished garment measurements, I thought I’d be fine but grade up if you’re a little more hippy.

I used the long length of view A but with a straight hem like view B and long side slits.

I cut out 2 back yoke and used the burrito method, the pattern used only one yoke.

Now for the niggles.

The collar it quite oversized, I would reduce the height of the collar stand if I was to make it again.

I also find the dress has a tendency to fall to the back, off the shoulders. I think a forward shoulder adjustment would solve this but I’m not sure exactly of how I would do this where the seam descends down the grown on sleeve.

I’m going to add some belt loops on the sides at the waist as I think that would stop me adjusting it so much when I’m wearing it.

There’s more detail and images on my blog post.