Monday, February 20, 2023

Romantic Floral Dress - Birthday Dress 2022 B6320 and M8090

Hi There!
It's seems like forever since I last blog anything! I've been so occupied with other things.  I took a break from my usual sewing and blogging to complete a major goal, which I’ll share at a later date. 
Anyway, I'm happy to post a pattern review on my last birthday dress that I finished in September 2022.  A long time ago, right?  There are a few things that encouraged me to write a post.  (1) I was nominated (by two people on Facebook) to post things I've made for a certain number of days.  (2) Lately, I've been thinking a lot about sewing and blogging, and how much I've missed sharing and interacting with fellow sewists.
So today I want to review my birthday dress that I made for 2022.  I designed it using the bodice of Butterick B6320 and the skirt of McCall's M8090.  I really enjoy splicing two or three patterns together to come up with an entirely new design.  The bodice of B6320 is really cute, but for this dress I wanted a fuller skirt.  So I chose the tiers from M8090 to complement the bodice.
Pattern Description:

Butterick B6320 - Misses dress and jumpsuit:  Dress and straight-legged jumpsuit (semi-fitted through hips) have semi-fitted bodice and midriff, raised waist, tie ends, side pockets, armhole bands, and back zipper.  A:  self-lined sleeves B: bias sleeve band. B & C: front pleated pants. Separate pattern pieces for cup sizes.
McCall's M8090 - Misses' loose fitting dress has skirt tiers and sleeve variations.  B:  Lace trim.
I used B6320 view B bodice.  The bias binding on the sleeve is a really nice detail.  For the skirt of the dress I used the three tiers of M8090, no pockets.
Pattern Sizing:

Both patterns come in sizes from 6 to 22.  I used size 16 with modifications.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

The dress bodice looks like B6320 (View B) and the skirt has the gathered tiered look of M8090.  Together the look is different from either pattern.

Were the instructions easy to follow? What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

The instructions of both patterns are easy to follow.  Nothing difficult to understand or follow.   

  • Midriff of the bodice
  • Bias binding on the sleeve
  • Design of the bodice in general
  • Tiered skirt
  • Fullness of the skirt
  • As the dress is, I have no dislikes.  This style/design works for me.

Fabric Used:

I purchased the beautiful floral gauze from Mood Fabrics last summer.  It is still available if anyone cares to purchase  it.  Here is the link for the fabric,  This fabric is lovely.  It's perfect for spring/summer.  The fiber content is 100% viscose.  Easy pressing and handling.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

My design change was to splice the two patterns together to come up with a new design for the dress.

I did do some tweaking of the bodice.  But it wasn't my usual intense slashing to make it fit.  I used the cup D for starters and made my adjustments from there. Other than that, I really didn't make huge adjustments to get a good fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I will probably use B6320 bodice again.  My plan is to make the dress of M8090.  And I recommend both patterns to others if this is a style that you like.


I like how my dress turned out.  Each year I make it a point to make myself a birthday dress.  This addition was more like a summer dress, but it was a perfect choice for last September.  It was a very bright and sunny day. More summer like than fall.  

As for the patterns, both are great choices to begin your spring/summer wardrobe.  

Happy Sewing!  It's good to be back blogging and sharing.


  1. Happy belated birthday, lol! There's nothing like a flowing, floweredy dress to lift your spirits. I got a lift just seeing your photos. Welcome back to blogging ... you were missed.

  2. That is so pretty! great combo of the patterns.

    1. Thank you, Beth. This dress was one of my favorite makes of 2022.

  3. What a pretty dress! Good to see you in the news feed again. :-)

  4. So happy to see you posting again! Dress is perfect, love the fabric!

  5. What a beautiful dress! I've recently gotten back into blogging too I'm one of your past followers looking forward to being an old newbie!lol

  6. I luv the combination of the two patterns,it made for a beautiful dress!

  7. What a beautiful dress. The fit is fantastic! Thanks for posting, I like to read blogs.

  8. Thank you, everyone. I'm so sorry for neglecting my bog for so long. Much has happened, and I hope to post something soon.

  9. What a great idea: making a birthday dress for yourself every year. I love it!

  10. Okay, I'm officially obsessed with the Romantic Floral Dress - Birthday Dress 2022 (B6320). Both of thesewing patterns that you used look so easy-to-follow and I love that it result to a much different dress! Your attention to detail is on point and those floral embellishments are giving me all the feels. Imagine stepping into a room wearing this and getting all the compliments – major confidence booster!



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