McCalls 8008: DIY Viscose Lawn Printed Blouse

Mccalls 8008

Hey Everyone,

I’m back sharing a blouse I made using McCalls 8008. This is a bit of a sleeper pattern: it comes with a pattern for overalls/ dungarees/ rompers, but I haven’t seen that many versions of either in the sewing community. I made the blouse and I really like it. But then it’s got ruffles, so what did you expect, lol.

Mccalls 8008
Mccalls 8008

The fabric is a gorgeous ex designer viscose lawn that I purchased from Simply Fabrics Brixton. At the time of writing there were 2 metres left of this fabric on the website. It’s called Mona. I know you perhaps can’t tell, but it has small lame fil coupe accents woven into the fabric. Subtle but glamorous.

Mccalls 8008
Mccalls 8008

Pattern Alterations

  • This is view A in a size 18. I did grade out at the hem but this was unnecessary. As drafted I found the length of this blouse to be quite long on me. Removing the extra length (maybe 2 or 3 inches?) meant it wasn’t hitting me at my widest point and fitted better.
  • I did a 0.5 inch FBA.
  • I removed 3 inches from the length of the sleeves.
  • I omitted the sleeve tucks and cuffs and instead gathered the sleeve openings to a band.
  • I had to add a centre back seam to the collar pieces due to fabric limitations.
  • I used the double yoke burrito method for a clean and stable finish inside.
  • For next time I would probably extend that front placket to be full length.

I think this is a cute blouse with lots of hacking potential. See you soon.

Mccalls 8008

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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

4 thoughts on “McCalls 8008: DIY Viscose Lawn Printed Blouse

  1. Great fabric! Almost looks like the old crewel patterns that we used to make for pillows. Good jo. really like the [pattern on you. Keep on posting . I enjoy seeing what you create!

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