Bad Fabric and Pattern Pairing: McCalls 8084

  • Skill Level*: Novice
  • Sewing Time: half day
  • Pattern Rating*: 6 

This Telio bubble satin crepe from is a bit of a pain to cut as like most satins it is slipper and is best to cut single layer. The fabric sews just find though, I used pins with no issues, but clips would probably be better. It has a bit of stretch. It feels lovely.

This fabric was given to me by as a part of Atlanta Sewing Style’s partnership with McCall’s pattern company. I had requested a crepe fabric and it was substituted with this satin crepe.



McCall’s 8084 is an easy summer pullover dress pattern. This tie front dress is cute and I’ve seen so many turn out great for my fellow sewsistas on IG (see here). However this was a fail for me! I’m going to blame it on the fabric because the ones that I’ve seen and loved have been out of a more structured fabric like a linen or ankara cotton. It could also be the case that this pattern just isn’t for my apple body type.

As far as the construction the dress comes together easily and the instructions are clear. I do think the garment has a great deal of ease. I sewed the large and I feel part of my issue is that the dress is swallowing me.





This pattern is a quick sew that seems to work for many but just doesn’t work for me.

Pattern:  McCalls 8084

Pattern Description: Semi-fitted dress, tie front bodice, dolman sleeves, A: ruffle, B: elastic cuff. Elastic waist, length variations, B: hemline ruffle.

Sizing: XS-XL

Difficulty: Novice

Fabric Used: Telio bubble satin crepe from

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Sort of

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very simple

Did I make in alterations? No

Would I sew it again? I may try it in a heftier fabric.

Would I recommend it to others? Yes, but be cautious with a drapier fabric.