McCall’s 7186 – Border Print Knit Dress



By now you may know that I’m a sucker for an interesting border print. Border prints and panel prints are my fabric weakness. I can’t resist them. This one was no exception. I bought it last summer at Tissus Mode De L’Orme in Granby, Quebec.


I was attracted to McCall’s 7186 because I liked the neckline and side gathers. In order to keep the front from sagging I overlapped the crossover more than recommended by the instructions. I basted the front pieces in place and then basted the sides. I continued  to do this until I was sure the front would drape in a flattering way rather then droop and create unflattering folds.


The pattern offers a sleeveless version as well as long or short sleeves. I shortened the sleeve by 2″ BUT added a 1″ solid black band. I also shortened the dress by 1.25″.

While reviewing the pictures of this dress I couldn’t help but think that it looks somewhat like a referee uniform. Maybe I should buy a whistle to wear as a necklace.


23 thoughts on “McCall’s 7186 – Border Print Knit Dress

  1. You look gorgeous in this dress! Fabulous fabric find-say that three times fast! Truly a one of kind knock out dress!

  2. This beauty is gorgeous on you! On my body, I would reverse the print putting the floral on top and use the diagonal movement of the black and white stripe to slenderize my lower half.

  3. great use of that tricky border print – I also love border prints and they are difficult to find.

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