McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown!

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McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
In celebration of the Winter Solstice, why not a fabulous winter white evening gown? If 2020, has taught me anything, it's taught me that life is short and I need to be living it to the fullest instead of waiting for the right occasion. So, when I saw my good friend Kim's version of this dress, I knew I had to dig out this pattern and make my own. 
McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
This is McCall's 8037, view B. My fabric is stretch crepe in solid white from Joann.
McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I cut the size 16, because I was unsure if my fabric would have enough stretch. And the 16 was the right choice!
McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I made my normal adjustments: I lengthened the front bodice and adjusted the back for my sway back.
McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
This is how the bodice looks when it first goes together. The tie goes through the top of the neckline and an opening left between the bodice and skirt. This creates a deep V front opening.
McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I slip stitched the front to close it up enough to make it bra-friendly. My fabric just isn't heavy and opaque enough to go sans bra.
McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I made a 1.5" full seat adjustment and lengthened the skirt by 6 inches.
McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I raised the slit about 2 inches. You can't tell because it's hidden behind the ties. But since my legs are pretty long, I could go a little higher. 
McCall's 8037 - Winter White Evening Gown - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I love this dress so much! As far as eveningwear goes, this is so comfortable. I didn't put on heavy duty Spanx... just a nude t-shirt bra and lightweight shapewear to prevent panty lines. I highly recommend this dress and for you to not be fearful of the plunging neckline. You sew... so sew it up!

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8 comments

  1. This dress is hawwwwttt

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  2. You betta WERK!

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  3. This is absolutely stunning! Love, love, loved this, classy and sexy. Amazing! You look great!

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  4. So Chic! I really love the winter white. Thanks for sharing the fitting details and pics. The dress fits you beautifully.

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  5. This made me gasp, like I took a giant deep breath when I saw it -- it's so stunning! I love that you show the drafting work because so many of us absolutely have to adjust the patterns and seeing how you do it gives me ideas on how I can redraft my patterns to fit me better.

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  6. You are beautiful in your dress! Great job!

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  7. Absolutely stunning! Beautiful dress and you look FAB-U-LOUS. Merry Christmas x

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  8. You look wonderful in it.. Wonderful job..

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