mcCalls 8036: DIY Ditsy Floral Midi Wrap Dress

McCalls 8036: DIY ditsy floral midi length wrap dress

Ah Dresses! I have missed you. Missed making and wearing you. It would appear that this is my first dress of the new year, and its a repeat pattern make, made using McCalls 8036 and some ditsy print floral viscose purchased from eBay. Here’s a look at my first version of this dress. I didn’t like this first version and it sadly hasn’t been worn. I didn’t like the colour on me, and there was some issues with the fit that I tackled on this second version.

McCalls 8036 #SashaMcCalls puff sleeve wrap dress in mustard floral polyester print
McCalls 8036: DIY ditsy floral midi length wrap dress

I am much happier with my new version. Adding length to the skirt and doing full seat and abdomen adjustments has really helped with the fit of the skirt. And I decided to do a much needed forward shoulder adjustment and convert the pleats to gathers. For next time I think I need a smidge more room in the bust, but this version is still more than wearable.

McCalls 8036: DIY ditsy floral midi length wrap dress
McCalls 8036: DIY ditsy floral midi length wrap dress

Working from home and being under lockdown for 6 out of the last 12 months has influenced what I have been sewing. Trousers and separates have seemed more practical than frivolous dresses. But, at least in this country, hopefully things are turning around and returning to normality. Thoughts with those who are not in such a privileged position.

McCalls 8036: DIY ditsy floral midi length wrap dress

Fitting Notes for This Version

  • 5/8ths inch forward shoulder adjustment
  • Converted shoulder pleats to gathers
  • 5/8ths inch full abdomen adjustment
  • 5/8ths inch full seat adjustment
  • Lengthened skirt by 3 inches
  • Used fastening from view B – this is a true wrap dress
  • Shortened back darts by 2 inches
  • Topstitched facings into place
  • Added elastic to sleeves instead of bias binding
  • For next time, I need to move the front skirt darts more towards the side seam and maybe add a smidge more to the bust area

Overall, I am very happy with this dress. Just need the weather and place to wear it (even the office would do)! You can’t go wrong with a classic wrap dress. What’s your go to wrap dress pattern?

See you soon!

McCalls 8036: DIY ditsy floral midi length wrap dress

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at

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