McCall’s 7016 – Shawl Collar Knit Dress


While in Granby, QC this past summer I paid a couple of visits to my favorite fabric store, Tissus Mode de l’Orme. I’ve always returned home with a suitcase full of amazing fabrics from this store. This past summer was no different. As soon as I saw this lightweight textured knit with 4-way stretch I knew it had to be a dress. I’ve had McCall’s 7016 in my stash for a while. I figured the lightweight fabric would lend itself well to the flounce.


The crossover front was perfect for this lightweight knit. I plan on making the version without a flounce as well in a beefier knit at some point.


Other reviewers have commented about the collar being too wide. I’m adding my voice to that observation. I meant to make that change and forgot about it. I like the look of the wide collar in the front but it winds up being too wide for the neck and back. It would sit much better if it was a little narrower.


I added 1″ to the front and back. I’m 5’7″ and was worried the dress would be too short. I’m happy with the finished length.


I can’t resist a good twirl when there’s a flounce involved.




32 thoughts on “McCall’s 7016 – Shawl Collar Knit Dress

  1. You look wonderful. I agree about the collar in the back. What would be the best way to narrow the collar. Just gradually make smaller toward the back?

  2. A very classy dress Lucy! I think it would look great with black boots too. I have the pattern and I hope to make it soon. You have inspired me with your lovely version. Thank you for the tip about the back of the collar. I agree with you, the wide collar in front is a distinctive feature.

  3. Lucy, I love the flounce with this pattern. I think you chose the perfect pattern for this! I can see how the back collar could be narrower but I think they are more of an issue for the wearer and not as noticeable to those viewing the dress!

  4. I love this dress on you. Perfect example of knowing what works on you. The fabric is beautiful. Plus having the dress move as you walk is so feminine, always makes me feel good.

  5. Love the dress and your fabric selection. Collars are often too tall on me-am 5′ 2″ and don’t have a swan-like neck so trimming them down is necessary. The twirly skirt is fun-great job!

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