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Dress patterns edit: Maxi dress

It’s the beginning of September and autumn is drawing closer, it’s time to start to thinking about adjusting your wardrobe for the new season! We love wearing maxi dresses this time of the year as it perfect for transitioning from summer into fall. A maxi dress is a long, quite often flowy dress, which usually sits just above the ankle or all the way to the floor. It can be worn casually with sandals in summer, with boots and a cardigan for winter and with heels for those special occasions.

We’ve gathered our favourite maxi dresses so you can see which style fits you best!

Don’t forget to share your latest makes with us on social media using the hashtags #simplicitybyme or #mccallsbyme. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been making. There are prizes to be won each month too!


Pattern: Simplicity 1358.

Starting of with a comfortable maxi dress which is specifically designed for knitted fabrics. This super versatile pattern comes with different necklines, lengths and different hem finishes. This dress will be easy to sew and easy to wear!

Pattern: New Look 6448.

This boho chic dress is bang on trend at the moment! It includes lots of gathers and the added lace makes it look like a tiered dress. The pattern includes different sleeve options, added lace trim, different length options and you can make it with or without a contrast neck band.

Pattern: Burda 6639.

A more casual option is this beauty from Burda. It’s made for knits which is perfect for slightly colder weather. You could dress it up with heels or dress it down with boots. The pattern includes two length options and two sleeve options.

Pattern: Simplicity 8030.

This dress is without a doubt a showstopper! It’s an incredibly flowy 1970’s vintage design with a faux wrap front. It can be lined and made in two lengths, with either a bishop or bell sleeve. Complete the look with the added sash.

Pattern: Kwik Sew K4100.

This dress has an empire waist line with detachable straps to make it strapless. A simple design which can be stunning in the right fabric! It’s designed for knitted fabrics and the pattern includes a romper too.

Pattern: McCall’s M7119.

This stylish wrap dress has different sleeve designs and skirt lengths. We particularly love this sleeveless design with the high low hem. It’s perfect for a special occasion as it will look stunning on the dance floor!

Pattern: Butterick B5710.

In white this design makes a stunning wedding dress. But it would look gorgeous in any colour, for any special occasion! This close fitting bias dress is lined, has a front self faced drape and closes with an invisible zipper in the back.

Pattern: McCall’s M7624.

The sleeves of this dress are jaw dropping gorgeous! This dress would work well for ditsy florals, but also for big and bold prints. The pattern includes many other design options to make more everyday casual outfits too.

Pattern: Kwik Sew K4169.

Comfortable and chic! What more could you wish for? This design is for stretch knits only and it can be made in different lengths and you can choose between two different back bodice designs too. The skirt has a centre front and back seam which allows you to play with stripes and other prints.

Pattern: Vogue V1502.

Last but not least; this maxi dress has a party at the back! What a beautiful design by Tracey Reese. It’s elegant and feminine and it would be perfect for sheer fabrics.


Don’t forget to share your latest makes with us on social media using the hashtags #simplicitybyme or #mccallsbyme. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been making. There are prizes to be won each month too!

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