McCall’s 7243 – Ponte Knit Dress


This could also be called “The Dress That Did Not Photograph Well.” We just could not get the right lighting. The dress looks a lot “wrinklier” in the pictures than in “real life”. Though they say the camera never lies…

The fabric is a ponte knit from Fabric Mart that has been in my stash for a while. I sewed the dress using the knit stitch on my sewing machine and then going back to serge the seams with my serger using three threads. I like this finish when sewing knits with patterns that require a 5/8″ seam. I sewed the sleeves in flat which changes the order of construction. The side seams and under arm seams are sewn as one seam after the sleeves have been attached. I always do this when sewing knits. I hand-stitched the hem on the sleeves and dress for no other reason than I felt like it. I enjoy hand-stitching hems while watching T.V. or a movie.


The dress was easy to make and the instructions were clear. I sewed my normal size 8 in McCall’s without any alterations. Gotta love when that happens! The pattern also offers the possibility of a top. I can see myself making a color blocked version of it in the future.


I’m pleased with my dress and consider it a great transition piece for Fall.


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