Comfy Knit Dress | McCall’s 7313

Hi sewfriends,

I wasn’t planning to blog about this one but I think that this dress and fabric is worth at least a mini post! I am stuck with indoor pictures for now so I have a few pictures of me in this dress to share.

This dress was made using McCall’s 7313. I really love the Moneta dress but do not enjoy the gathered skirt look. While looking for a knit dress with a circle skirt to avoid the gathers around the waist, I came across this pattern on the McCall’s website. This type of dress is my favorite to wear for work in fall, spring and summer.

The Fabric

This fabric is from LA Finch Fabrics. It is the Annabella Double Brushed Poly Floral Pink and Black. It has to be the softest fabric EVER! I was so chocked when I did the fabric unboxing.  I am amazed at the quality of the fabrics I ordered from them! This fabric has beautiful recovery and is a charm to work with! It is a light weight knit so it will be perfect to transition into spring and summer. For now (still very cold where I live), I wear it with a denim jacket and leggings.

The Pattern Review

Pattern Description: Pullover dresses have neckline variations, close-fitting bodice, elasticized waist, and narrow hem. B, D, F: Stitched hem on sleeves.

Pattern Sizing: Size 8 to 24W . I cut a size 8.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes it does

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are easy to follow. It is a learn to sew pattern. This mean that you have way more instructions than a regular pattern.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love this pattern. Although the bodice is too short and I will have to lengthen the bodice on the next versions.

Fabric Used: Annabella Double Brushed Poly Floral Pink and Black from LA Finch Fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I shortened the sleeves for a better 3/4 length look. I did not Do the elastic casing at the waist due to the bodice being too short. I did a 5/8″ stitch and added clear elastic to “gather” the waist.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will certainly stitch this dress again in many many different fabrics.

Conclusion: I love this pattern and recommend it to anyone looking for a comfortable knit dress.

Here it is! My new favorite knit dress!

I added a fun touch around the hems by using black and blue thread in my twin needle.

Do you have a favorite knit pattern? Please share those pattern names and numbers with me!

Talk to you soon.

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Join the discussion

  1. Carolyn

    I’m making this dress right now and was searching online for reviews. I made a muslin of the bodice and it is so short on me! So I’m glad to hear you had the same problem. Yours looks beautiful! Thank you for the online fabric shop suggestion/-I’ll check them out. I hope my dress turns out as well as yours 😊

    • judithdee

      I hope you love this dress as much as I do! You should definitively try some of their fabric! They are simply Amazing!

  2. Linda Galante

    Great dress! I love the print and the style of the skirt. I’m not a fan of gathered skirts either. They look ridiculous on me. My favorite knit dress pattern is Vogue 9101. It has a full skirt without gathers and the waist is raised just slightly. I’m going to have to try this McCalls though. It looks perfect!

  3. threadie

    Cette robe est vraiment très belle ! J’aime beaucoup le tissu !
    Alors mes patrons favoris en jersey : la Lady Skater Dress même principe que ta robe: avec une jupe cercle, la robe cache-coeur Vogue 8379 dont j’ai éliminé les plis du “bodice”, il y a aussi la robe new look 6469, j’en ai fait 2 versions jusqu’à présent et je compte bien m’en refaire d’autres.
    Sinon, c’est un tee-shirt à la base mais avec une jupe cercle, il se transforme aisément en robe : le Wanted de Vanessa Pouzet (

  4. Elizabeth

    This is so cute Judith, and it looks great with the belt. I’m with you on not being a fan of the gathered skirt look. I love the look, but not the bulk. There’s a Vogue dress that I made ages ago that I really loved. I’m sure it’s oop by now. It’s too big on me also, but I’ve recently thought it’d be worth grading down. It has neckline pleats and this really fun swingy skirt. Ah, I looked it up: it’s Vogue 8663.

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