McCall’s 6886 – Sweater Knit Dress


During the Holidays I went through my fabric stash in an attempt to do some organizing. I came across this sweater knit that I purchased three years ago and thought of McCall’s 6886 right away. The issue was that I only had 1.5 yards of this fabric. In order to achieve a length that would be wearable, I had to cut a band to add to the bottom of the dress. I like the way that turned out.


This is a VERY popular pattern. There are currently 136 reviews on It also made the Best Patterns of 2015 list on their website.


The pattern calls for simply turning the neckline under and stitching. I normally choose to add binding instead but in this case I followed the instructions. I used my coverstitch machine to topstitch the neckline in place. I also lined the dress with tricot. It was either that or wear it with a slip.


This is one of the most versatile patterns I’ve come across in a few years. I have more fabric lined up for variations of this dress. It is a great pattern to use as base for other designs.

We’ve had some much needed rain here on the Central Coast of California. As you can see in the pictures, things are looking a little greener around here.


Other dresses I’ve sewn with McCall’s 6886:

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22 thoughts on “McCall’s 6886 – Sweater Knit Dress

  1. Oh My… this dress is wonderful, and your accessories are perfect! I’m going to check out this pattern. Love seeing photos of the area too!

  2. It’s amazing that all of those dresses are the same pattern. They all have a different feel from the fabrics you used. I like the band at the bottom of the dress. And the styling is great!

  3. I don’t know that I could love this outfit more. I love the fabric. I love the hem. I love the styling. Like, really, really love the styling. Woo hee.

  4. This pattern certainly deserves all of the praise it has received. And all of your versions are great. I really like the band. Isn’t it funny how sometimes, out of necessity, a change makes such a difference? Also, those tights are great with it.

  5. The dress and the photos are beautiful! As usual, Lucy, you look fabulous. I will have to look into this pattern. You have made some lovely dresses with this!

  6. Very stylish and versatile dress, I think the band at the bottom adds nice detail and finishing. And, just want to comment, the pics in this post are fabulous! Maybe it’s the nice green bloom after the much-needed rains! LOL! Seriously, the poses are very editorial, looks like they could be in a fashion spread. Kudos to you and your photographer!

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