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Pattern Roundup: Summer 2016 Maxi Dresses

Jun 23, 2016
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The maxi dress has become a staple of the summer wardrobe. The easy-to-wear garment can be designed in virtually any style, making it hugely popular. To help inspire your summer sewing adventures, here’s a selection of new maxi dress patterns.

Maxi Dress Patterns

McCall’s Summer 2016 collection proves that maxi dresses are trending now. Their showcased patterns are youthful, flowy, and fun – just like summer.

McCall’s 6952

This belted misses’ maxi dress with princess seams and side-front slits has a loose silhouette that is flattering for every figure.

The dress is designed for medium-weight woven and stable knit fabrics. Crepe, crepe de Chine, jersey, and interlock are great fabric options for this design.

McCall’s 7385

The unique design of this dress flatters many body types. The fit-and-flare silhouette, with gathers at the raised waist, partnered with the center-front slit, and invisible back zipper make it a must-have pattern.

This pattern is suited for washed silk, crepe de Chine, crepe, and cotton blends.

McCall’s 7402

This loose-fitting, handkerchief-hem maxi dress (and pull-on jumpsuit) is perfect for days at the beach or relaxing at home by the pool. Everything about this pattern exclaims “summer!”

McCall’s suggests gauze, batik, crepe, and cotton knits for this dress or jumpsuit.


McCall’s 7404

This flowy dress comes with a self-fabric belt to cinch it as tight or as loose as you want. The front and back contrast yokes and sheer overlay make it a stand out.

Suggested fabrics for this design are cotton lawn, gauze, crepe de Chine, and crepe.


New Look’s Summer 2016 
collection is full of gorgeous dresses that are perfect for the warm summer months. They feature fewer maxi dress options than other pattern books, but their offerings are beautiful.

New Look 6282

This design perfectly captures the essence of summer with its easy-fit elastic waist, sheer overlay, two slits in the skirt, and double straps at the shoulders. 

Lightweight fabrics are suggested for making this design: challis, charmeuse, chiffon, cotton lawn, lightweight cotton, crepe de Chine, double georgette, gauze, lightweight linen, silky fabrics, and voile.


Kwik Sew’s Summer 2016
collection is filled with colorful summer dresses that look and feel great.

Kwik Sew 4171

These pullover sleeveless dresses have armholes finished with self-fabric armhole bands, elastic casing with self-fabric tie, and overlapping tulip skirt fronts with shaped hems. The pattern is from Kwik Sew’s KwikStart Learn-to-Sew line, so it’s perfect for beginners.

Both versions are designed for stretch knits. Suggested fabrics include interlock, matte jersey, and cotton jersey. 

Have you made a maxi dress? If so, what was your experience? Which of these designs would you like to wear the most? What is your favorite type of dress to wear?  Answer any of these questions below in the comment section. We love hearing from you! 

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  1. User avater Raaviya May 29th

    Maxi dresses are the perfect casual wear for casual parties as well as other occasions!

  2. grtkids4 July 5th

    Having been a seamstress in a mens' store, I didn't think there was anything more to learn about tailoring garments. Your magazine has proved me wrong. I have learned so many new techniques since subscribing to your magazine. All are truly appreciated. I am retired now, but still use all I have learned and then some. Thank you for providing a magazine with tutorials and videos so us old sewers can learn the new sewing ways.

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