McCall’s 7991 – Knit Dress

I’m always on the lookout for simple knit dress patterns. They are not only great for showcasing interesting prints but they are easy to slip on and go. I feel like I’m ready for nearly anything summer throws my way when I have an assortment of knit dresses in my closet. I have no plans to go anywhere in the near future but I’ve decided to sew as if I do.

This pattern caught my attention because of the wide band along the front AND the skirt. I didn’t have any knit dress that had a skirt with this much volume. I used an ITY knit for this dress and it worked out great.

I added a 1/2 inch to the length of the top. I usually have to add anywhere from a 1/2 inch to 1 inch to the top. I didn’t add any length to the band because I like to cut the band a little shorter than the pattern and stretch it slightly as I attach it to the top. I find this helps the front lay flat.

I added 3 inches to the length of the skirt. This would have been a shorty without the extra length. I like to line my knit dresses with swimsuit lining. I didn’t have enough to line the entire dress so I chose to only line the skirt.

These pictures were taken about 6 weeks ago. It was before my hair started showing its true color. I purchased a good pair of hair cutting scissors so I could at least keep my hair out of my eyes. I sent an email to my hairdresser letting her know that she doesn’t have to worry about losing a customer. I would rather cut the flimsiest/slipperiest fabric than my own hair.

I hope this finds you all doing well.

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16 thoughts on “McCall’s 7991 – Knit Dress

  1. Beautiful summer dress Lucy! I agree that pop on and go is perfect in the summer. I think we all have hair issues at this point, after so many weeks at home. You are not alone!

  2. Great dress. Like the print. It’s a bummer about Joannie not being able to keep our locks shorn. It is such good news that she’ll be back in action soon.

  3. Gorgeous fabric and perfect for this pattern. You always have a great eye for matching fabric with the perfect pattern. Stay well!

  4. Lucy, your dress is gorgeous, and I’m sure your hair looks fine! A few years ago, I went eight months without going to the salon, because of a very bad haircut that needed to grow out, so I am OK with the gray roots for now! I have a question for you if you don’t mind – what dress form do you use and recommend? I am finally getting back to sewing after retiring, moving, and remodeling, and would like to buy one. The last one I had was an adjustable Dritz, I believe, but I had trouble with the adjustment knobs and stand, so I no longer have it. I have a similar body type to you. Thanks, and have a nice day!

    • Thank you Jeanette. My dressform is also a Dritz and is not easy adjust. I don’t use if for fitting. I use it to help with button placement, hemming, getting a feel for how a fabric drapes but nothing that involves fitting. It’s not that precise.

  5. Beautiful dress on you. Checked out pattern online. Your beautiful fabric and fit are so much better. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Great fabric for that style, Lucy: and fantastic for your coloring! Really a lovely dress on you.
    p.s. I colored at home tonight after 10 weeks at home! My husband helped, so I didn’t stain the walls (which is why I stopped coloring at home 25 years ago ;-}

    • Thank you Joan. My Mom stained the bathroom walls when I was a teenager and I’ve been afraid to color my own hair ever since then. I just may have to give it a try with my husband’s help.

  7. I think you should definitely try cutting your own ha I also have a short haircut and it’s relatively easy with short hair. It’s better if you don’t wait too long and just do a bit of a trim to start. Once I did it and it came out okay, I felt immensely empowered because I won’t have to panic if my hairstylist decides to move or quit. I’m also no longer in a panic about hair salons being closed — it’s very liberating!

    BTW — I don’t own hair cutting scissors. I use my 5″ Wusthof sewing scissors and they work great! Their small size makes them easy to maneuver from any angle to reach all parts of my head.

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