Peek a boo: McCalls 8253


I thought this pattern was cute when it came out in the early spring release, but I’ll admit I was going to skip it due to the cut out. Then I thought…nope y’all getting this body midriff and all. LOL Turns out it shows very little anyway.

  • Skill Level*: 2-3/Begineer-Intermediate
  • Sewing Time: 2-3 hours
  • Pattern Rating*: 4

M8253 is unique in it’s style but also manages to be pretty versatile offering 3 skirt and 3 sleeve options as well as the option to gather the skirt. Additionally there’s the option to color block the bodice.

I opted to make the shorter, sleeveless version (view A), but I didn’t color block. The trickiest part about this dress is the casing for the bodice gather and it wasn’t that difficult. There was a good amount of narrow hemming along the neckline, armholes and bodice bottom, but everything come together quickly as there are only six pattern pieces


I believe this double brushed polyester is from Fabri Mart, but I won’t swear to it. I love DBP because it’s got great stretch and recovery and is a nice weight. It’s so soft and smooth that’s its amazing to wear, though it can be a bit warm.

Animal prints always catch my eye even this black and white version. I guess this is a leopard print and I think it works well for this dress.


None. Though I will go back and take in the bottom bodice a bit at the side seams as I have a bit of a gap there.


A really cute dress that is in line with the cut out theme without showing too much skin.

Pattern:  McCalls 8253

Pattern Description:  Three views for ruched, cut-out knit dresses include functional drawstring at bust and ruching on skirt. Sleeveless, half sleeve and long sleeve options are also included. Pattern comes in above knee and midi length options. View A bodice is contrasted for color blocking or for print mixing.

Sizing: 8-16, 18W-24W, 26W-32W I sewed a 18W

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes

Did I make in alterations? No

Would I sew it again? Yes

Would I recommend it to others? Yes

One response to “Peek a boo: McCalls 8253”

  1. Love this dress on You. You made it yours for sure. . .


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