34 Maxi Dress Sewing Patterns (8 FREE!)

We handpicked the best maxi dress patterns including 8 free ones! We covered a wide variety of styles from boho to modern.

Contents list:


Boho maxi dresses:


“Kerttu” Sundress with Knotted Front

front and back views of a woman wearing a boho maxi dress with deep knotted v-neck and no sleeves and gathered tiered skirt, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Named Clothing – €15 (approx. $15.50)

  • Sizes: US 0 – 24. Bust: 30” – 52 ¾” (76 – 134 cm).
  • Design: Boho-style sundress. Tie knot detail at front. Elasticated waist. Tiered, gathered skirt. Rounded back neckline. Spaghetti straps. Lined bodice. Adjustable straps.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric with low drape for more structure, such as cotton, cotton lawn, linen, and batiste. For a more drapey version choose a viscose, rayon, or crepe.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 sizes. Illustrated instructions are included.
  • Suitable for beginners? No. I think a beginner would struggle with some aspects of this pattern such as the lined bodice, adjustable straps, and the knot front detail. Some previous garment sewing experience would be an advantage when tackling these steps.

“Roseclair” Wrap Dress with Skirt and Sleeve Options

2 plus size women wearing a v-neck wrap dress with long sleeves and tiered maxi skirts with gathers, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Cashmerette in standard and plus sizing – $16 – $20

  • Sizes: 
    • US 0 – 16. Bust: 33” – 46” (84 – 117 cm).  Three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H) are available.
    • US 12 – 32.  Bust: 40” – 62” (102 – 157.5 cm).  Three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H) are available.
  • Design: Floaty boho style wrap dress.  Two skirt options: Ankle length tiered and gathered skirt; or knee-length full circle skirt. Long bishop or short puff sleeves.  Waist ties.  Bust and back darts.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric, such as linen, rayon, cotton, or double gauze.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 / US copyshop sizes. A paper pattern is also available in both standard and plus sizes. Illustrated instructions are included.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this would be a good pattern for an advanced beginner. If you don’t want to do all the gathering, opt for the full skirt with short puff sleeves.

Long sleeve maxi dresses:


“B6702” Shirt Dress with Princess Seams And Flared Skirt

front and back view of a woman wearing a red flared maxi shirt dress with a collar, long sleeves, buttoned front, and waist belt, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Something Delightful – $4.99

  • Sizes: US 6 – 22. Bust: 30.5” – 48” (75 – 122 cm). Three cup options: A/B, C, and D.
  • Design: Maxi shirt dress. Fitted shirt style bodice with princess seams and stand collar. Flared skirt in two lengths and two styles. Two sleeve lengths and styles: full length with placket and cuff, or a ¾ length.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric with structure, such as cotton, cotton lawn, linen, batiste, denim, For a more drapey version choose a viscose, rayon, or crepe.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 sizes. A paper version is also available here. Instructions are included with both versions.
  • Suitable for beginners? No. I think a beginner would struggle with some of the more advanced techniques involved, such as fitting a collar on a stand, and sewing yokes and sleeve placket cuffs.

“Nomi” Tiered Knit Dress With Long Sleeves

2 women wearing jersey maxi dresses with long sleeves and gathered tiered skirts, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Sew Over It – £13.50 (approx. $16)

  • Sizes: UK 6 – 30. Bust: 31” – 57” (79 – 145 cm).
  • Design: Knit maxi dress. Round neckline. Neckband. Long sleeves. Tiered, gathered skirt. Optional twisted front bodice.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight knit fabric like viscose, rayon, bamboo, Tencel or light cotton jersey, or lightweight French terry.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 sizes. Instructions are included.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this would be a good pattern for a confident beginner with some sewing experience. The style of the dress is simple so it would be a great pattern to practice and advance your skills in sewing with stretchy knit fabrics.

“Rosa” Maxi Dress with Deep V-Neckline

woman wearing a long sleeve, v-neck maxi dress with a gathered skirt. It was made using a free sewing pattern.

Download now from Sew Magazine – FREE

  • Sizes: UK 8 – 20. Bust: 30.5” – 43” (78 – 108 cm).
  • Design: Dressy, velvet maxi dress. Deep V-neckline. Long sleeves. Wide, ruched waistband. Rouleau button loops. Gathered skirt.
  • Fabric: Stretch velvet is recommended.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter sizes. Written instructions are included.
  • Suitable for beginners? No. I think a beginner would struggle to sew this pattern as the instructions are vague without any illustrations. Stretch velvet can be slippery and difficult to sew, and sewing rouleau loops can be fiddly. I think an intermediate sewist with some previous garment sewing experience would better suit this pattern.

Maxi dresses with different sleeves:


“Amelia” Maxi Tea Dress with V-Neckline

woman wearing a floral maxi dress with a v-neck, shirred waist, and short flutter sleeves made using a free sewing pattern

Download now from Craft World – FREE

  • Sizes: UK 8 – 20. Bust: 33” – 45” (84 – 114 cm).
  • Design: V-neck maxi dress. Floaty sleeves. Shirred waist panel. Shoulder yoke. Concealed zip closure. Back darts. Two sleeve lengths.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric with drape, such as cotton lawn, viscose, rayon, crepe, or silk.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter sizes. Instructions are included.
  • Suitable for beginners? No. I think this pattern would better suit an intermediate sewist with some previous garment sewing experience. The dress includes shirring and a concealed zipper which can be difficult to sew.  The instructions are illustrated but sparse, assuming some prior sewing knowledge.

“Emma” Maxi Kaftan Dress

front and back view of a woman wearing a cream linen kaftan dress that's midi length and has a v-neck and short sleeves made using a free sewing pattern

Download now from Fabrics Store – FREE

  • Sizes: US 0 – 30. Bust: 33” – 56” (81 – 142 cm).
  • Design: Kaftan style maxi dress. Grown on sleeves. V neck. Inverted pleat in the front and back. Detachable belt. Deep side slits.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric with some structure, such as cotton, linen, batiste, and denim. For a more drapey version choose a viscose, rayon, or crepe. Linen is recommended by the designer.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter sizes. Instructions are available on this blog post.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this would be a great pattern for a beginner wanting to advance their skills in garment sewing. There are no fastenings and the sleeves are grown on, meaning you won’t need to set in sleeves. Use a stable fabric to make the sewing process easier.

“Florence” Maxi Shirt Dress With Collar Options

2 women wearing a maxi shirt dress in a flowy fabric with gathered skirt and buttoned collared front, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Sew Over It – £13.50 (approx. $16)

  • Sizes: UK 8 – 20. Bust: 33” – 45” (84 – 114 cm).
  • Design: Maxi shirt dress with mandarin collar. Three quarter length sleeves. Elasticated waist. A line full skirt. Button up bodice. 
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabrics with some drape, such as cotton lawn, silk, viscose, cotton gauze, rayon, or crepe.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 sizes. Instructions are included.
  • Suitable for beginners? No. I think a beginner would struggle with some aspects of this pattern such as fitting a collar, sewing buttonholes, and setting in sleeves. Some previous garment sewing experience would be an advantage for making this dress.

“M7971” Maxi Dress With Side Slit And Sleeve Variations

woman wearing a long dress with a leg slit and short flutter sleeves, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Something Delightful – $4.99

  • Sizes: US 6 – 22. Bust: 30.5” – 44” (78 – 112 cm).
  • Design: Maxi dress. Fitted bodice. Paneled skirt. Waist and bust darts. Optional side slit. Three sleeve options with ruffle detail. Cut-out back detail. Hook and eye closure.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric with structure, such as cotton, stable crepe, and challis. Stable knits may also be used.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter sizes. A paper version is also available here. Instructions are included with all versions.
  • Suitable for beginners? No. I think a complete beginner would struggle with some parts of this pattern, such as the paneled skirt and the lined bodice with cut-out detail.  Some previous garment sewing experience would definitely be helpful.

“B6823” Maxi Dress With Flounce Detail and Sleeve Variations

front and back view of a woman wearing a pastel blue maxi dress with short sleeves and flounces, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Something Delightful – $13.97

  • Sizes: US 6 – 24. Bust: 30.5” – 46” (78 – 117 cm).
  • Design: Formal style maxi dress. Fitted bodice with yoke detail on the front and back. Option for flutter sleeves or long sleeves. Hook and eye closure. Waist darts. Optional flounce detail on the hem and front of the skirt.
  • Fabric: Lightweight woven fabric with drape like challis, rayon, viscose, georgette, or chiffon.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter sizes. A paper version is also available here. Instructions are included with both versions.
  • Suitable for beginners? No. I think this pattern would better suit an intermediate to advanced sewist. Techniques such as sewing yoke and attaching flounces and ruffles can be difficult and therefore some previous garment sewing experience would be useful.

“Charlie” V-Neck Caftan Dress

plus size woman wearing a blue patterned kaftan dress with a v-neck and short sleeves, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Closet Core – $16-20

  • Sizes: 
    • US 0 – 20. Bust: 31” – 46” (79 – 117 cm).
    • US 14 – 32. Bust: 42” – 60” (107 – 152.5 cm).
  • Design: Relaxed, pull-on kaftan style dress. Deep V-neck and dolman sleeves. Three style and length options. Optional waist ties.  Optional pleat or gathering detail at the waist. Side slits.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric, such as linen, chambray, tencel, linen, silk, chiffon, rayon challis, crepe de chine, batiste, and voile.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 / US copyshop sizes. There’s also a paper version available for sizes 0 – 20. Illustrated instructions are included. Additional helpful resources are available here
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this pattern is suitable for an advanced beginner as there are no tricky fastenings or sleeves to insert. Choosing a simpler view can make the process easier.

Sleeveless maxi dresses:


Wide Strap Maxi Dress with Square Neckline

woman wearing a square neck maxi dress with thick straps and a gathered front bodice made using a free sewing pattern

Download now from Peppermint Mag – FREE

  • Sizes: A – J. Bust: 30” – 51.5” (76 – 131 cm).
  • Design: Full-length maxi dress. Square neckline with wide straps. Elasticated back. In-seam pockets. Side slits. Neckline finished with facings.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric with some structure, such as cotton, linen, batiste, or denim, For a more drapey version choose a viscose, rayon, or crepe.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter sizes. Instructions are included.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. The design of the dress is simple with no tricky fastenings or sleeves to insert. This would be a great pattern for a beginner wanting to advance their sewing skills and learn how to sew a facing, an elastic casing, in-seam pockets and do gathering. Use a stable fabric such as a cotton or linen to make the sewing process easier.

“Aiko” Ombre Maxi Dress

front and back views of a woman wearing a blue sleeveless maxi dress with color blocking made using a free sewing pattern

Download now from Fabrics Store – FREE

  • Sizes: US 0 – 30. Bust: 33” – 56” (81 – 142 cm).
  • Design: Two-tone maxi dress. A-line silhouette. Round neckline. Facing finish. Sleeveless. Two front pockets.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric like cotton, cotton lawn, linen, batiste, denim, viscose, rayon, or crepe.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter sizes. Instructions are included in a separate blog post here.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. The design of the dress is simple with no tricky fastenings to insert. This would be a great pattern for a beginner to sew with a little added interest in the pockets and ombre fabric design.

“M7775” Maxi Dress with Neckline Variations

woman wearing a long v-style halterneck dress, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Something Delightful – $4.99

  • Sizes: US 6 – 22. Bust: 30.5” – 44” (78 – 112 cm).
  • Design: Formal maxi dress with neckline variations: Pull-on halter style with pleats. Crossover detail with zip closure. Option for side or front slit. Center front and back seam.  
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric with drape, such as cotton lawn, cotton voile, crepe, crepe de chine, viscose, or rayon.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter sizes. A paper version is also available here. Instructions are included with both versions.
  • Suitable for beginners? No. I think a beginner would struggle with certain aspects of this pattern. The crossover neckline and pleats are difficult to sew and require precision, as does inserting an invisible zipper. I think this pattern would better suit an intermediate to advanced sewist.

“Holyoak” Maxi Dress with Faux Buttoned Front

front and back view of a woman wearing a pink maxi dress with a fitted square bodice and buttoned front, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Cashmerette in standard and plus sizes – $16

  • Sizes: 
    • US 0 – 16. Bust: 33” – 46” (84 – 117 cm). 3 cup sizes: C/D, E/F, and G/H.
    • US 12 – 32. Bust: 40” – 62” (101.5 – 157.5 cm). 3 cup sizes: C/D, E/F, and G/H.
  • Design: Button-down maxi dress. Faux button placket for eliminating gaping. Bra-frienfly wide straps. Angled neckline. Princess seams. Elasticated back waist. Pockets.   
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric like cotton, cotton lawn, linen, batiste, denim, viscose, rayon, or crepe.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 / US copyshop sizes. Instructions are included.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think a confident beginner with some previous garment sewing experience could have a go at this pattern. A complete beginner could struggle with parts of the pattern such as the faux button placket and in-seam pockets.

“Verano” Tank Dress with Scoop Neckline and Gathered Skirt (+Video)

woman wearing long dress with gathered tiered skirt and sleeveless bodice, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Christine Haynes – $18 – $20 

  • Sizes: XS – 4XL. Bust: 32” – 57” (81 – 145 cm).
  • Design: Simple sundress with eight different views. Scoop neck with wide straps, optional buttoned front. Bust darts. Simple or multi-tiered gathered skirt. Optional front patch pockets or in-seam pockets.  
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric with drape, such as linen, cotton, cotton lawn, silk, or rayon.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 / US copyshop sizes. A paper version is also available here.
  • Instructions included? Yes, illustrated and photo instructions are available with the pattern. There’s also a paid video workshop for this pattern.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. Suitable for an advanced beginner as the style is simple and it comes with detailed instructions. Choose a simpler view and a stable fabric to make the sewing process easier.

“Nikko” Fitted Maxi Dress with Turtleneck 

2 women wearing fitted jersey maxi dresses with turtlenecks and a slit on the legs, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from True Bias – $16-20

  • Sizes: US 0 – 18. Bust: 32” – 44.5” (81.5 – 113 cm). 
  • Design: Fitted bodycon style knit dress. High turtleneck. Side splits. Sleeveless or long-sleeve options.
  • Fabric needed: Medium-weight knit fabric with approximately 75% stretch. For example, rib knit, sweater knit, bamboo knit, or stretch velvet.
  • Amount of fabric needed: 2 – 4 yards (1.9 – 3.7 meters) x 45″ wide (114cm) fabric.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 sizes. A paper version is also available. Illustrated instructions are included with both versions.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. The skill level is labeled “advanced beginner”. I think the “advanced” is more to do with the type of stretchy fabric you would need to work with. The design itself looks simple, so if you’re feeling confident, go for it!

Maxi wrap dresses:


“M7406” Maxi Wrap Dress with Sleeve Variations

woman wearing long wrap dress with deep v-neck and no sleeves and a high-low hem option, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Something Delightful – $4.99

  • Sizes: US 6 – 22. Bust: 30.5” – 44” (78 – 112 cm).
  • Design: Maxi wrap dress. Three sleeve options: sleeveless, short flutter sleeves, or long bishop sleeves. Tie belt. French darts. High low hem. Includes different length options.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric with structure and drape, like cotton blends, cotton lawn, chambray, crepe, or crepe de chine. Stable knits can also be used.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter sizes. A paper version is also available here. Instructions are included with both versions.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. This pattern is designed with beginners in mind. Wrap dresses are easy to sew and fit, so they are great for confident beginners. This dress can be made without sleeves making the process easier and a stable fabric such as a cotton can also be used to make the process easier. 

“BUR6344” Maxi Wrap Dress with Twisted Straps

woman wearing a green v-neck maxi jersey dress with a wrap skirt and no sleeves, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Simplicity – $15.37

  • Sizes: US 8 – 18. Bust: 31.5” – 40” (80 – 102 cm).
  • Design: Maxi knit wrap dress. Low V-neckline. Princess seams. Twisted spaghetti straps. Waist belt. Optional gathered tier finish. Optional side slit.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight knit fabric with drape, such as viscose, rayon, bamboo, or Tencel jersey.
  • Format: Paper pattern with printed instruction booklet.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this pattern would suit a confident beginner with some experience in sewing knit fabrics. A complete beginner may struggle with sewing the spaghetti straps and the princess seams in a stretch fabric.

“Highlands” Wrap Dress with Elastic Waist

2 women wearing long maxi wrap dresses with a long slit, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Allie Olson – $18 – $22

  • Sizes: US 0 – 18 (B cup) and 12 – 30 (D cup).  Bust: 32” – 57.5” (81 – 146 cm). 
  • Design: Wrap dress with faced V-neckline and elasticated back waistline. Waist ties. Bust darts. Two length and sleeve options: Midi and maxi length, and short sleeve or faced sleeveless option.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabrics with lots of drape, like rayon/linen blends, rayon challis, Tencel, crepe de chine, and georgette.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 / US copyshop sizes. A paper version is also available at an additional cost. Instructions are included with both versions.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this would be a great pattern for a confident beginner wanting to improve their skills. A stable fabric can be used to make the sewing process easier.

“Mirri” Modest V-Neck Faux Wrap Dress with Length Variations (+Video)

2 women, 1 plus size, wearing faux wrap dresses that are ankle length and have short sleeves, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Wardrobe by Me – €12 (approx. $12)

  • Sizes: US 0 – 24.  Bust: 30.5” – 52” (76 – 128 cm).  
  • Design: Figure-hugging, faux wrap dress with pleated front. Cap sleeves. Shawl collar with a modest V-neckline. Can be made as a top, or a knee, mid-calf, or maxi-length dress.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight knit fabrics with some drape, like cotton, silk, viscose, or rayon jersey. At least 20-30% horizontal stretch is required.  
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 / US copyshop sizes. 
  • Instructions included? Yes, detailed instructions are included with the pattern. There’s also a free video sew-along video on YouTube.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this pattern would suit an advanced beginner as there aren’t too many difficult techniques involved. 

Backless maxi dresses:


Backless Maxi Dress with Spaghetti Straps

front and back views of a woman wearing a flowy red maxi beach dress with thin straps and a very deep scoop neck at the front and back

Read tutorial now from Collective Gen – FREE

  • Sizes: Instructions for cutting the dress to your size are included in the blog post.
  • Design: Full-length maxi dress. Very low back with gathering. Gathering on the front neckline. Thin drawstring spaghetti straps.   
  • Fabric: Silk is suggested by the designer. Other lightweight woven or knit fabrics with drape can also be used, such as viscose, rayon, cotton lawn, cotton gauze, bamboo / cotton / viscose jerseys, etc.
  • Format: Instructional blog post tutorial. No downloadable pattern is available.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this pattern would suit a confident beginner with some prior sewing experience. The dress is very simple with minimal fitting involved. However, the blog post instructions are a little vague and the suggested silk fabric can be very difficult to sew. Use a more stable fabric like viscose or rayon to make the sewing process easier.

“Naomi” Backless Strappy Dress

front and back view of a woman wearing a red maxi dress with a leg split and a strappy back design, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Made for Mermaids – $9

  • Sizes: Bust: 30” – 51” (76 – 129.5 cm).
  • Design: Dramatic backless dress. Crossover strap detail. Adjustable spaghetti straps. V-neckline. Pleated skirt. Dipped hem. Elasticated waistline.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight knit fabric with drape, such as viscose, rayon, bamboo, or Tencel jersey.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 sizes. 
  • Instructions: Instructions are included within the download and they include a video tutorial. There’s also an additional blog post covering different pattern hacks here.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this pattern would be perfect for a beginner wanting to try sewing with knit fabrics. Some experience might be an advantage when sewing the thin straps but the pattern comes with clear instructions and a video tutorial to help along the way.

Jersey maxi dresses:


“Halle” Knit Maxi Dress with Faux-Wrap Bodice

woman wearing green patterned maxi dress with faux wrap v-neck bodice and elbow length sleeves. It was made using a free sewing pattern.

Download now from Craft World – FREE

  • Sizes: XS – 2XL  Exact bust measurements aren’t included.
  • Design: Fitted, jersey maxi dress. Faux wrap bodice. Deep V-neckline. Long set-in sleeves with slightly dropped shoulders. Waistband.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight knit fabric with some structure. For example cotton-blend jersey, French terry, and interlock.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter sizes.
  • Instructions: There are no instructions included with the download. A copy of Love Sewing Magazine’s issue 90 is required for full instructions, which can be purchased here.
  • Suitable for beginners? No. Since there are no instructions included with this pattern a beginner would likely struggle with putting this dress together. An advanced sewist with plenty of garment sewing experience could have a go at sewing this pattern using knowledge gained from sewing similar dresses.

“S8595” & “S8590” Knit Maxi Dress with Sleeve and Length Variations

2 women wearing casual jersey maxi dresses with no or short sleeves, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Simplicity in standard and plus sizes – $14.67

  • Sizes: 
    • XS – XL. Bust: 30.5” – 46” (78 – 117 cm).
    • XL – 5XL. Bust: 44” – 62” (112 – 157.5 cm).
  • Design: Simple t-shirt maxi dress. Options for short sleeves, sleeveless or cold shoulder cut-outs. Crew neckline. Side slits.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight knit fabric with drape, such as cotton-blend, viscose, rayon, bamboo or Tencel jersey.
  • Format: Paper pattern with printed instruction booklet.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this would be a good pattern for a beginner wanting to advance their skills in sewing with knit fabrics since the dress is simple with no fastenings. Use a stable cotton blend jersey to make the process easier.

“Anneli” Scoop Neck Double Front Dress

front and back view of a woman wearing a grey jersey maxi dress with no sleeves, a front slit, and elastic waist, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Named Clothing – €13 (approx. $13)

  • Sizes: US 0 – 18. Bust: 30” – 45.5” (76 – 116 cm).
  • Design: Straight cut, ankle length jersey dress.  Tank-style scoop neck bodice with neckband. Sleeveless and short sleeve views. Double front wrap style skirt. Waist tie.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight knit fabric with some drape, like viscose, bamboo, cotton, linen, or Tencel jersey. 
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 sizes. Instructions are included.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this would be a great pattern for an advanced beginner to try as the design is simple.

“Zoe” Knit Camisole with V-neck and Optional Center Seams

front and back views of a woman wearing a jersey v-neck dress with a wide a-line maxi skirt, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from True Bias in standard and plus sizes – $14 

  • Sizes: 
    • US 0 – 18.  Bust: 32” – 44.5” ( 82 – 113 cm).
    • US 14 32. Bust: 41.5” – 61.5” (105 – 156 cm).
  • Design: V-neck fitted knit camisole. Low rounded back. Thin straps. Optional center front and back seams for a closer fit. Arm and neck band finish. Three length options. An expansion pack for high, scoop, or square necklines can also be downloaded for free (with previous purchase) here.
  • Fabric: Medium-weight knit fabric with at least 25% stretch, such as cotton blend jersey, rib knit, or interlock.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter and A0 / US copyshop sizes. Instructions are included.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think an advanced or confident beginner could sew this pattern. Using a stable knit would make the sewing process easier. The straps are reasonably wide and therefore easier to attach than a spaghetti style. True Bias instructions are comprehensive and easy to follow.

Strapless maxi dresses:


Strapless Maxi Dress with Flounce

woman wearing a strapless summer maxi dress with a flounce at the top. It was made using a free sewing pattern.

Read tutorial now on Gathered- FREE

  • Sizes: Instructions for how to draft the pattern for your size are included in the blog post.
  • Design: Strapless maxi dress with front flounce at the neckline. Front slit.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric with some drape, like cotton voile, cotton lawn, linen, viscose, rayon, silk, or crepe.
  • Format: This isn’t a downloadable pattern. Instructions for how to draft your own pattern are included in the blog post.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. This dress is a super simple style with minimal fitting involved and features mostly straight seams. This would be a great pattern for a beginner wanting to advance their skills.

“Eloise” Off-Shoulder Maxi Dress

plus size woman wearing an off-shoulder maxi dress with puffy short sleeves, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Rebecca Page – $10.15

  • Sizes: 2XS – 5XL. Bust: 31” – 54” (79 – 137 cm).
  • Design: Strapless off-shoulder maxi dress. Options for loose, elasticated, or shirred sleeves. Options for elastic casing or shirring at the neck and waist. Four lengths are included: top, mid-thigh, midi, and maxi. Shirring on the neckline and waist.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven or knit fabric. For example, cotton blends, cotton lawn, linen, viscose, rayon, crepe; or viscose, rayon, bamboo or Tencel knits.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter sizes. Instructions are included. There’s also a bundle available here which includes a kids’ version of the dress.
  • Instructions: Instructions are included with the download. An additional sew-along is available here.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this would be a great pattern for a beginner to sew as there’s minimal sewing and fitting involved. The shirring may be tricky for a complete beginner, but it’s not a difficult technique to learn.

Halter neck maxi dresses:


“M7405” Pullover Maxi Dress with Gathered Neckline

woman wearing halterneck maxi dress with gathered neckline and skirt slit, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Something Delightful – $4.99

  • Sizes: US 4 – 26. Bust: 29.5” – 48” (75 – 122 cm).
  • Design: Floaty maxi dress. Gathered halter neckline. Back neck slit. Option for ‘handkerchief’ hemline.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric like cotton, cotton lawn, linen, viscose, rayon or crepe. 
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter sizes. A paper version is also available here. Instructions are included with both versions.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. This pattern is designed for beginners and it would be a great one for a beginner to try as there are no fastenings and minimal fitting involved. A good pattern for practicing garment-making skills.

“N6372” Halter Neck Maxi Dress with Keyhole Neckline

woman wearing red halterneck string maxi dress, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Simplicity – $3.99

  • Sizes: US 6 – 18. Bust: 30.5” – 40” (78 – 102 cm).
  • Design: Floaty maxi dress. Keyhole or halter neckline with tie. Open back. Back slit.
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven fabric with drape, such as cotton lawn, linen, viscose, rayon, crepe, voile, or georgette.
  • Format: Paper pattern with printed instruction booklet.
  • Suitable for beginners? No. I think this pattern would better suit an intermediate sewist with previous garment sewing experience. Handling the keyhole neckline could be fiddly and difficult for a complete beginner.

“Emma” Maxi Dress with High Halter Neckline

front and back view of a woman wearing a high-neck wide maxi dress with no sleeves and gathered tiers, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Rebecca Page – $14.50

  • Sizes: 
    • 1 – 10. Bust: 31” – 54” (79 – 137 cm).
    • 6C – 15C. Bust: 44” – 76” (112 – 193 cm).
  • Design: High-neck sleeveless maxi dress. Halter neckline with wide, fitted neckband. Keyhole back opening. Loose, flared skirt. Optional belt to make the waist fitted. Fully lined. 
  • Fabric: Light to medium-weight woven or knit fabric. For example, cotton blends, cotton lawn, linen, viscose, rayon or crepe, viscose, rayon, bamboo or Tencel knits.
  • Format: PDF digital download in A4 / US letter sizes. Instructions are included. There’s also a bundle available here which includes a kids’ version of the dress.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this pattern would suit a confident or adventurous beginner. The style of the dress is simple with minimal fitting and a simple fastening. Adding the lining and attaching the neckband could be difficult for a complete beginner with no previous garment sewing experience.

70s style maxi dress:


“S8013” Vintage Faux Wrap Maxi Dress with Sleeve Variations

woman wearing a silky blue vintage maxi dress with a deep b-neck, volumous long sleeves, paneled skirt, and bow sash, and sewing pattern line drawings

Buy now from Simplicity – $13.97

  • Sizes: US 6 – 22. Bust: 30.5” – 44” (78 – 112 cm).
  • Design: Vintage 70s maxi dress. Deep V-neckline. Faux wrap bodice. Back darts. Gathered waistline. Oversized tie belt. Options for bishop or bell sleeves. Invisible zipper closure.
  • Fabric: Lightweight woven fabric with drape, such as charmeuse, chiffon, silk, satin, viscose, rayon, crepe, voile, or georgette.
  • Format: Paper pattern with printed instruction booklet.
  • Suitable for beginners? No. Vintage patterns are known for having vague instructions and there’s a lot of fitting and technical sewing involved in this dress, such as inserting an invisible zipper and sewing the bishop sleeves. I think an intermediate or advanced sewist would better suit this pattern.

Quick Q&A’s:

How many yards of fabric do I need for a maxi dress? 

Depending on the size you wish to sew, a maxi dress can usually be sewn from approximately 3 – 3.5 yards of fabric.

What fabric should I use for a maxi dress?

  • Cotton blends: suitable for dresses requiring some structure such as button through sun dresses.
  • Viscose/rayon: great for maxi dresses requiring drape and movement such as dresses with ruffles or flounces.
  • Crepe: lightweight or heavyweight crepes can both be used depending on the desired look and feel of the dress. Heavyweight crepe will provide good drape with some structure, lightweight crepe will give a floatier feel.
  • Stretch velvet: good for dresses that need a fitted, figure-hugging look and feel.
  • Georgette: suitable for dresses that need drape and movement but may need lining as can be sheer.
  • Viscose/rayon jersey: a lovely drapey knit fabric good for dresses that need movement. This type of jersey will hang nicely over the body.
  • Cotton jersey: has more structure. Good for dresses with side splits and details such as cold-shoulder or cut out.

What is the average length of a maxi dress? 

The average length of a maxi dress is 55” – 62” (140 – 160 cm).

Easy maxi dress for beginners? 

A really easy maxi dress to sew is a strapless style, elasticated at the bust or shoulders (to give an off-the-shoulder look) and waist. This type of dress is essentially a tube of fabric with added elastic, making it easy to fit and easy to sew! Two great easy maxi dress patterns for beginners are the strapless maxi dress with flounce from Gathered here and the Eloise dress by Rebecca Page here.



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This article was written by Sally Gauntlett, and edited by Nisan Aktürk. It was initially published on 15 December 2022 and has since been updated.

Sally Gauntlett (author)
Sally started sewing as a child. In 2008, she started a handmade business selling personalized gifts and homeware. She then became a sewing content creator, sharing her makes on Youtube and Instagram. Read more…