Finishing Techniques For Knit Garments. Plus, Sneak Peek!

McCall's M7244 Plenty by Tracy Reese dress sewing pattern.

Happy Friday! Here’s a sneak peek of a new McCall’s pattern I just love. It’s a Plenty by Tracy Reese dress pattern and it will be available very soon, along with the rest of the new Fall collection for McCall’s. The reason I’m sharing it here is one, it’s really cute and flattering. Two, the torso is lined with power mesh (tricot)—love this idea!

Here’s the original designer dress turned inside out. The fabric is a textured knit jacquard that’s ivory and black on the right side and solid black on the wrong side. See how there’s a neck facing attached to the black power-mesh lining on the bodice?

Detail photo of McCall's M7244 Plenty by Tracy Reese dress sewing pattern.

I have several knit dresses planned for my fall sewing and I want to borrow this finishing idea. I’m gravitating to the thought that a power mesh lining could help smooth things out, like a layer of lightweight Spanx. And finishing the edges with facings makes me happy, because I’m never really pleased with the knit bands I make at the neck and arm hole (they’re lumpy). So I am definitely going to borrow these two finishing techniques for the knit dresses I have planned.

Have you been using facings and power mesh/tricot linings on your knit garments, and I’m just really late to the party? Do tell. I think this concept works better on more stable knits, like ponte and double knits. Speaking of fabric, I went to my local Jo-Ann’s this past weekend to buy some craft supplies and ended up leaving with three cuts of knit fashion fabric, including this gray textured knit. Very pleased with my purchase.

Here are some more photos of this Plenty by Tracy Reese dress, because we know you like these kinds of detail shots. Coming next week: the new fall collections video. Stay tuned!

Detail photo of McCall's M7244 Plenty by Tracy Reese dress sewing pattern.
The bodice and the lining are serged or stitched together as one to the flared skirt.
Detail photo of McCall's M7244 Plenty by Tracy Reese dress sewing pattern.
Want, want, want this textured jacquard knit the designer used.
McCall's M7244 Plenty by Tracy Reese dress sewing pattern.
Gotta love a v-neck for a flattering line. We feature this dress in the soon-to-be-released fall collections video. It’s even cuter worn in real life.

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  1. I’m really liking the sound of this “Power Mesh Lining”.
    and would really appreciate any online links where I can buy it.
    Huge thanks in advance . It sounds like just the job.

    1. Hi Helena! Look for tricot mesh, and get swatches before you buy because mesh varies in thicknesses. Try Spandex House online, maybe Mood Fabrics…

  2. Perfect timing! I have been holding off on a dress that I have cut out. It is a wonderful royal blue ponte from Mood. The pattern calls for lining. My first thought was, ugh maybe I’ll skip that and make a facing at the neck instead. But, I had the same exact thought, a built-in Spanx would not be a bad idea! I have a ready to wear Jones of New York Dress that is a poly knit. There is a separate knit lining, pretty much a slip, only attached at the shoulders. It does make for a smoothing underneath layer! I will now buy a lining for my Butterick B5519 dress and get it made! Well, at least get it back in the line up…

  3. This is a darling dress pattern and I’ve yet to sew anything designed by Tracy Reese. FWIW, I sew mostly with knits. I’ve few wovens in my stash. It’s easier to tweak fit with a knit, and besides there aer so many knits at my local store, which I’m hitting up later today to buy myself a present for hitting a work-related goals. Yah for sewing-related treats for myself!

  4. One question, do you think 2-way stretch power mesh is adequate, or is 4-way the way to go?

    1. Hi Dora! I think 2-way is fine. Nothing too heavy.

  5. This is a great dress! And I love a peek at those insides.

  6. has a good selection of power mesh at great prices. Not affiliated, just a satisfied customer.

  7. What a FANTASTIC idea to line your dress with power mesh! You aren’t late to the party, unless I am too! I love the dress and can’t wait to purchase the pattern and give it a try!

  8. Absolutely love this dress. When is this pattern coming out? Any idea what its code is going to be? Thanks!

  9. I just picked some up at Jo~Ann’s in black and nude, excited to try this!

  10. Where did you get your fabric for the dress

    1. It’s the designer’s own fabric, so you won’t be able to find it in fabrics stores or online. Look for textured knits.

  11. Hi Meg!
    I am just now getting around to sewing this dress and have a question. The inside peek at this designer dress appears as though the front facing was stitched to the lining right sides together then the front & back dress was stitched to the front & back lining right sides together (as normal). However, I am confused with the pattern instructions in step 15 where it looks like the right side front facing is just laid on top of the wrong side front lining and then just stitched at the lower edge. Am I missing something in the pattern instructions?

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