McCalls 7160 pattern review - Stripes!!

I love my comfy breeze knit dresses in summer, but wanted to branch out from making another Lady Skater, so I recently bought McCalls 7160.  It has long, short and sleeveless options and an option for a contrast panel on the skirt.

I decided to make the sleeveless version with the contrast panel....
....since I had just ordered 2 yards of this bright striped jersey from Mood.

Cotton jersey, 62"
This fabric is a little lightweight, so I lined it (with power mesh! Because the 4 yards or so of knit tricot lining I had in my stash has vanished).

I cut the size 10, based on my measurements.  I was JUST barely going to get this cut out from 2 yards of fabric, so I taped the two skirt pieces together, pinched out some of the skirt fullness (like a dart or wedge), redrew the line for the pattern pieces (since it was no longer straight) and cut them apart again. There is still plenty of fullness, as you'll see. But I eeked it out of 2 yards.  Alternatively, you could plan ahead and buy enough fabric!

It was a very quick sew.  I sewed the lining to the dress and the neckline and topstitched it, and did narrow hems on the armholes as the directions indicated. The directions were fine, I skimmed them but this is pretty basic.

Full length view...Amazingly, I did NOT shorten this.  I did a 1" hem at the bottom, but usually I have to shorten the hemlines on most skirts.

Too early in the morning for an enthusiastic twirl... but plenty of fullness left even after removing some.
Side view....
Neckline, topstitched the lining attached at the neckline.

I'm wearing it today, and I feel like a piece of hard candy - but in a good way. It's very comfortable and I like the contrast panel with the stripes, even though there is a lot going on, visually. I like this pattern, and I think I'll make up the long sleeved version for fall.  It's easy and good for beginners, recommend!


  1. Excellent work with your beautiful dress! Love the way you placed the stripes!

  2. Hi! This dress awesome!! Your look is amazing!!!


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