McCall’s 7243 – Ponte Knit Dress


This could also be called “The Dress That Did Not Photograph Well.” We just could not get the right lighting. The dress looks a lot “wrinklier” in the pictures than in “real life”. Though they say the camera never lies…

The fabric is a ponte knit from Fabric Mart that has been in my stash for a while. I sewed the dress using the knit stitch on my sewing machine and then going back to serge the seams with my serger using three threads. I like this finish when sewing knits with patterns that require a 5/8″ seam. I sewed the sleeves in flat which changes the order of construction. The side seams and under arm seams are sewn as one seam after the sleeves have been attached. I always do this when sewing knits. I hand-stitched the hem on the sleeves and dress for no other reason than I felt like it. I enjoy hand-stitching hems while watching T.V. or a movie.


The dress was easy to make and the instructions were clear. I sewed my normal size 8 in McCall’s without any alterations. Gotta love when that happens! The pattern also offers the possibility of a top. I can see myself making a color blocked version of it in the future.


I’m pleased with my dress and consider it a great transition piece for Fall.


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10 thoughts on “McCall’s 7243 – Ponte Knit Dress

  1. This is the most beautiful rendition of this pattern that I’ve seen–looking fabulous in it! You’ve encouraged me to put this one in my que for autumn sewing! Thanks!

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