McCall’s 7538 – Simple Summer Knit Dress


I can see this quickly becoming one of my favorite summer dresses. It is simple, yet I think the stripes and crossover detail give it a lot of interest.


The pattern caught my attention because it offers so many options; sleeves, neckline, skirt shape, dress or top. And that is without factoring in the fabric possibilities.


To make sure my stripes matched on the sides, I cut out each piece individually rather than layering them. I normally do this when cutting horizontal stripes. I purchased the fabric from Stone Mountain and Daughter in Berkeley. I love that store and wish it were closer to where I live though it’s probably better that it is not 😉

Other than setting the sleeves in flat prior to sewing the side seams, I sewed this according to the pattern instructions. No alterations.


There’s not much to say about this dress. The process of sewing it was uneventful. I am very happy with the finished product which is always a great feeling. After working on a wadder for over a week (I tried so hard to save it), this dress was just what I needed to get me feeling good about sewing again.


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27 thoughts on “McCall’s 7538 – Simple Summer Knit Dress

  1. Love the striped fabric for this dress! As always you look elegant. Great fit with this pattern. I have this one and had plans to make a top, still do just so many other projects on the list!

  2. Such a pretty dress and a good one to have in the wardrobe for lots of occasions! You chose the perfect fabric! Hard for me to imagine you having a wadder…

    • Thank you Claire for the vote of confidence. Alas, wadders do appear in my sewing room once in a while. Fortunately they are outnumbered by successes.

  3. I’ve got this pattern but not made it, will definitely do so now because I really love yours. The cross over makes it really stylish and flattering. I would imagine getting that is exactly the right place is crucial.

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