I love tie-front dresses. Every time I see a pattern with that detail, I'm drawn to it. You can see other garments with tie-front details here.
I was inspired by this style of dress from the fabulous designer Johanna Ortiz. She creates a lot of tie-front styles in bold, audacious prints.
McCall's 8084 really fit the bill. Well... kinda sorta. You know I had to make a few modifications to make it more "me".
I cut the pattern out in a size 14. I knew I would need to add about an inch of length and make a one inch FBA.
The FBA gave me a bust dart, which also took out a lot of the extra "under boob" fabric.
The part of this pattern that I never liked was all of the fabric that draped onto the waistline. On a frame like mine, that would just make me look boxy.
My fabric is Mood Exclusive Amorphous Amalgamation Stretch Cotton from Mood Fabrics.com. A fabric this crisp needed some shaping, so that dart really helped.
For the sleeves, I drew the elastic a little tighter. I wanted to created a puffed, balloon sleeve.
I made my normal swayback adjustment on the back bodice. I made a full seat adjustment on the back skirt. And I added side slits because I just simply like them.
I really like this dress. And I hope I get around to make it again in a solid color.