Polka Dot Fun: McCall 7046


I can’t remember when I saw this photo of Gwen Stefani in a fabulous Dolce & Gabanna white and black polka dot fitted dress, but when I saw it I immediately pinned it to my Inspiration Outfit board. Back in March, during one of Fabric Mart’s precut fabric sales, I spotted and grabbed this cream and white scattered polka dot rayon spandex jersey with that dress in mind. Finally just last week the Polka Dot and Stripes Contest on Pattern Review gave me excuse/reason/push I needed to finally check this make off my list.

2018 Polka Dots & Stripes Contest

If you are a Pattern Review member (free or paid) and you like my dress, please vote for me here.

Though I love the D&G dress it is not a practical look for my everyday life. So this dress is more inspired by that look rather than a copycat version. Some of the obvious differences are I used a knit instead of (what looks like) a stretch woven and my fabric has scattered dots where the inspiration version is a grid.  I already knew that McCalls 7046 would give me the overall feel I was looking for because I’ve made it before (here). It is fitted, has a flounce and has a long sleeve view.


After some debate I opted for the short flutter sleeve over a long sleeve because I felt it balanced out the flounces at the hem. Speaking of the flounces I went with the double flounce for a little more umph!  I lengthened the dress by about 2″ before adding the flounce so the dress would fall a little longer and so the seam didn’t hit me mid-derriere.


I have to mention one of my favorite features of this pattern, the ruching! As a apple shaped woman I’ve found ruching is great for distracting from the midsection and I especially love that here it is created by elastic in the seam allowance instead of by gathering (which I hate).


This piece was 5 yds, so I still have about 3 yards left! I have so many ideas for it!

What do you think I should make with those last three yards?


Don’t forget to VOTE!

Pattern Description: Close-fitting, pullover tops and dresses have elasticized, ruched side seams and narrow hem. A: Flutter sleeves (wrong side shows). B: Elasticized short sleeves. C: Sleeveless. D: Long sleeves. C: Tiered flounces. D: Single-layer flounces.

Pattern Sizing: 6-14,14-22 I cut a 18 waist and hip but graded out to a 20 waist-it was too big.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t follow them because I’ve made this twice before but they are clear.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the double flounce and ruched midsection.

Fabric Used: A cream and black scattered polka dot rayon/spandex knit from Fabric Mart

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added 2″ to the hem of the bodice. I ended up taking in about an inch from the armhole to the waist so I should’ve graded from a 16 bust to a 20 waist and hip.

Would you sew it again? Yes

Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Conclusion: A great flirty dress

16 responses to “Polka Dot Fun: McCall 7046”

  1. I’ve been looking to add ONE polka dot item into my closet! Your dress is gorgeous! And yes I am going to vote for you!!! 🙂


    1. Thank you! This is the first polka dot piece in my wardrobe.


  2. I just joined up to vote! Clicked 5 times and then read the message you have to BE A MEMBER FOR 3 MONTHS BEFORE YOU CAN VOTE! Well you have my vote in my heart!!! I hope that counts for something! Thank you for sharing this great pattern and info about your adjustments AND awesome fabric! I’ll be watching for future contests. NEXT time I’ll be ready! 🙂


    1. Awww thank you so much for the heart vote! I appreciate it.


      1. Sorry I couldn’t do more…but I really tried! NEXT time!!! ❤


  3. Love the dots! Now where’s the party, 🎊🎉💃🕺


  4. Love that dress on you! just found your blog and can’t wait to peruse it. I’m a knit girl all the way, so any dresses or outfits made of this are for me.
    And I know what you can do with those extra 3 yards – give them to me! Just kidding. What about a tilly and the buttons agnes tee with ruching ?


    1. I’m so glad you found my little corner of the internet! As you look around you’ll see I sew mostly with knits.
      Thanks for the suggestion! I’m going to go look up that pattern.


  5. Love this polka dot dress so much
    Check out my site . I have a new post for polka dot dress


  6. […] the pattern number, so I usually search for a particular pattern in my stash. In a previous post (Polka Dot Fun) I knew I wanted McCalls 7046 so I went to my McCall drawer, flipped to dresses and flipped to […]


  7. […] sewn both V8825 (here) and M7046 (here and here) and both work great with an lightweight stretchy knit like a double brushed poly […]


  8. […] pre-cut sale. This was from a 5yd cut. I knew it would sew up well as I previously used it for McCalls 7046. Because it’s a rayon it has a bit of a slinky feel and is so comfortable to wear. It has […]


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