Maxi Season: McCall’s 8035


Who doesn’t love a maxi dress? They can go from casual to chic easily by changing accessories and shoes.


This pattern was quite popular when it came out and why wouldn’t it be? It offers a wrap bodice, a choice of a petal or gathered sleeves, and a knee or ankle length skirt. I personally, love a wrap bodice, even a faux one. Add a side slit and the dramatic sleeves and what’s not to like? Now view A with the mini peplum looks a bit frumpy to me, but view B is also cute.

While I love a good maxi I am hot natured and sleeves can feel stifling in warm weather. So I had to hurry up a sew this dresses before the temps here in the south get too hot and I’m glad I did because I love the sleeves.

Some reviews I read complained that the skirt was actually straight and I do agree that the illustrations for views A&B are misleading as the skirt appears fuller or more a-line, though the maxi looks straight on the model.


This grenadine gauze cotton fabric from Joann, they sell it but not this color any more, though there is a nice coral. It’s nice and floaty perfect for a maxi dress. I purchased it around the same time as the pattern and both of them have been bagged up waiting to be sewn for probably two years.

Though I could say I wished I’d sewn it sooner I’m just happy I finally got around to it. I love the color and the fabric is perfect for this dress.


When cutting out the skirt pieces I snipped the notch for the slits on both sides of my dress so while I was sewing it up I decided to keep both slits!


A cute maxi

Pattern:  McCalls 8035

Pattern Description: Wrap front bodice, elastic raised waist, tulip and elastic hem puff sleeves. B: hemline ruffle. C: ankle length, side slit.

Sizing: XS-M, L-XL I cut an XL

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

Did I make in alterations? I had a split on both sides

Would I sew it again? Yes, I may make another of View C or View B, but with the view A sleeves

Would I recommend it to others? Yes

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