McCalls 8040 Bodice and Sleeves with McCalls 7971 Skirt: DIY Green Floral Viscose Crepe Dress

McCalls 8040 bodice and sleeves paired with McCalls 7971 Skirt

Hey Everyone,

I have been searching for the perfect green viscose crepe print for at least a couple of years to make a dress, and finally found this fabric from Rainbow Fabrics (no longer available). It’s still not my perfect green fabric, but it’s close. I would perhaps have liked less white and more green, but viscose crepe happens to be one of my favourite fabrics to sew with, so yeah. I will take it as a win.

McCalls 8040 bodice and sleeves paired with McCalls 7971 Skirt
McCalls 8040 bodice and sleeves paired with McCalls 7971 Skirt

I chose to combine two patterns together to achieve this look: the bodice and sleeves are from McCalls 8040, which I have made before: see here. The skirt is from McCalls 7971. I wanted the slit in the front and as the skirt has princess seams front and back, it meant the seams aligned with the princess seams of the bodice fairly easily. I did make some adjustments to the skirt (see below), and I am pretty pleased with the outcome. I have already worn this dress a couple of times, and it’s very easy to wear.

McCalls 8040 bodice and sleeves paired with McCalls 7971 Skirt
McCalls 8040 bodice and sleeves paired with McCalls 7971 Skirt

Pattern Adjustments

  • See my original post for the adjustments I previously made to the blouse. I simply shortened the blouse at the waist
  • The neckline of the bodice is still finished using the facings, but I overlapped the front edges by about 0.5 inches and sewed non functioning buttons through all layers of fabric to close
  • The skirt is size 22 and I added extra width at the side seams for fit insurance, but I ended up taking a ton of width (like a lot) out of the side and back princess seams at the waist of the skirt and the blouse
  • I did do a 1 inch full tummy adjustment and a 1 inch full bum adjustment
  • The skirt is view C, without the pockets, and I ended up removing a further 1.5 inches of the length
  • I increased the height of the slit by 4 inches
  • I cut the skirt back on the fold
  • I interfaced the side seam on one side and added an invisible zipper
  • The sleeves are the longest length sleeves, shortened by 4.5 inches, and with 4 rows of shirring done 0.25 inches apart about 1.5 inches up from the finished hem. I think the sleeves are my favourite part of the dress 🙂

Very easy to wear, and perfect to wear on warm summery days.

See you soon.

McCalls 8040 bodice and sleeves paired with McCalls 7971 Skirt

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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 sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

8 thoughts on “McCalls 8040 Bodice and Sleeves with McCalls 7971 Skirt: DIY Green Floral Viscose Crepe Dress

  1. This mashup turned out rather nicely 💚 and this green mini floral print is pretty too. I find I’m more of a chartreuse or lime green fan, but this shade works for this print.

  2. Your dress is lovely. Please can I ask did you line it and if so what did you use? I have some viscose crepe to make a different dress and I feel that it needs to be lined. I’m just not sure what to use as the lining.

    1. Hi, no I didn’t line my dress. It’s opaque and no need for it. It’s just finished with facings at the neck. Personally I wouldn’t like to line viscose crepe as I think it would make it too heavy for me. If I had too I would look for a light viscose/ rayon lining maybe.

      1. Hi, thank you for replying. My fabric is not very opaque and I feel that it does need something. Like you, I’m not overly keen on the idea of lining it but thank you for your suggestions. Maybe I should just opt for a slip instead. Food for thought.

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