Maxi dresses have a long history for the modern woman of being comfortable and also stylish. Often made with stretch fabrics, the long hem of these dresses tickle the ankles while the silhouette is strikingly feminine. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite free maxi dress patterns from easy to intermediate and even hard-to-find patterns like the plus-sized pattern and the easy, no-measure maternity dress. Read on to get inspired — and stylish.
This plus-sized, tunic-inspired maxi dress doesn’t have the cinched in waist so common with these long dresses, thus creating a little more freedom for the body. Thin crepe fabric creates a more expensive final product, particularly when combined with faux gemstones along the deep V-neckline. Darker fabrics will make this maxi dress great for summer evening wear though one may want to line the crepe to prevent see-through peek-a-boos.
Download the free maxi dress pattern from BurdaStyle.
This maternity-inspired maxi dress pattern is not only free, it’s also fast, taking roughly 30 minutes to stitch. A stretched-out tee, trimmed of its hem (plus a few more inches), is sewn to red knit fabric. The designer simply threw the red fabric around her middle to get a measurement, cutting on the fold rather than cutting out and stitching two separate panels. A belt finishes this simple but striking DIY maternity look, which can easily be adapted for non-maternity sewists.
Keeps Me in Stitches shares this free maxi dress pattern.
This free maxi dress pattern for intermediate sewists employs a gathered front which wraps around the waist and extends into ties at the lower back. The simple design would look particularly good with a busy, bright stretch jersey print. For more petite frames, consider shortening the dress to just above the knee but then attaching weights to the hem so that the dress doesn’t swing up too high when walking — a common complaint of stretch jersey.
BurdaStyle offers this free maxi dress pattern, which you can download and print out at home.
A pre-made tank serves as the bodice of this maxi dress, finished with a ruffled hem and banded sash. This sewist used an old bedsheet and elastic thread to complete this easy project. Unlike other tutorials, this free maxi dress pattern teaches how to make the ruffled hem, rather than assuming you’ll already know how to make the finishings.
2nd Story Sewing shares how to make this maxi dress.
A constructed bodice adds interesting detailing to this maxi dress. The geometric pattern is placed together with the care of a heirloom quilt. Horizontal stripes are placed along the ribs, narrowing the waist, while diagonal stripes at the bust make it, uh, bustier. Get inspired by this unique maxi dress pattern by cutting unique shapes from your striped fabric to make your own pieced pattern.
Scared Stitches shares more about how she made this maxi dress.
Image credits (from top): Keeps Me in Stitches, BurdaStyle, Keeps Me in Stitches, BurdaStyle, 2nd Story Sewing and Scared Stitches