Summer Maxi Vibes: McCalls 8215

Hi everyone! I hope all is well with you. I am so very excited to share this project with you today. Y’all, I am so excited about this maxi dress project because of the most important thing, “It Has Pockets!!” When McCalls put out their summer pattern, and I saw the maxi dress with pockets, I knew it would be my first summer sewing project, especially since I already had the perfect fabric in my stash. Let’s get into this project shall we?

Fabric Used

For this project, I used the Geometric Double Brushed Knit Turquoise from Melanated Fabrics . This fabric is so soft and comfortable to wear. I love the unique eye catching design. This knit fabric is a light-mid weight knit that features a 4 way stretch and beautiful geometric design that I knew would make my maxi dress stand out. You can also use this fabric for t-shirts, cute tops, dresses, and even trendy knit pants and /or leggings.

Pattern Used/ Size Cut

I used McCalls 8215 dress pattern. It is a Misses’ & women’s fit & flare knit dresses with bodice & skirt length options. It has three view, and view C comes with a sash. What I love is that you can mix and match the bodices with whichever skirt you want to create. I made view C. Though I cut size 12 for the bodice and 14 for the skirt, this pattern goes all the way up to size 32W.

Final Thoughts

I absolutely love this pattern. However for those whom have not been working with McCalls patterns for as long as I have, do know that when cutting you may have to cut two sizes smaller than the recommended size on the back of the envelope. The envelope told me to cut a 14 for top, but due to my experience with the “Big Four,” I know that it is always wise to look at the sizing on the pattern paper, not the envelope. Other than sizing, I had not issues with this pattern. I love the finishes for the neckline and the armholes of the dress, it gives the dress a nice clean and professional look. The instructions were very understandable, and I always love that they include definitions of sewing terms used in the instructions for beginners or people who may not be familiar with those terms.

I did not do the topstitching on the neckline and armhole because I did not want visible stitching lines on this dress. I wanted to keep it clean on the exterior.
I absolutely love this photo. My daughter did a great job capturing this shot.

Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog, I truly appreciate it. I hope that this blog was informative and that you learned something that will help you in your next sewing project. Comment below and let me know your thoughts or questions. Also, please make sure to subscribe to my blog.

Published by FaithStJules

I was born in Jamaica and raised in the South. I guess you can call me a Southern Islander. I am a wife, mom, and sewist/DIYer. I rarely purchase clothing anymore, because I like the ability to pick my own fabric and personalize my clothing to fit my shape, personality, and style. My style is comfy chic, because no matter what I wear, it has to be chic, but comfortable. Sewing has not just been about creating garments, but it has been a source of healing for me.

12 thoughts on “Summer Maxi Vibes: McCalls 8215

  1. Beautiful fabric, beautiful dress showcased on a beautiful lady. Now I need this pattern.. lol
    I am a sucker for maxi dresses. I too have to cut 12 on top and 14 at the bottom for knit fabric.

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  2. Absolutely LOVE this dress and want to run right out and make it, too! Am I correct in seeing that the pattern, view C with the sash, calls for more than 7 yards of fabric???!!!

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  3. When I read your blog, I immediately knew that I wanted to make this dress. Thanks for the size cutting tips as I know I may need to adjust for a successful sewing project. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.

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