Good afternoon, friends! Lately, I’ve been haunted. Not by ghosts or goblins, but something altogether prettier: maxi dresses. Everywhere I turn, there’s some cute lady wearing a swishy, flowy dress. After resisting their pull for the last few seasons, suddenly I am gaga over the long dress trend. This summer, my goal is to sew up a few maxi dresses of my own, so I can join the swish parade. Luckily, there are a ton of cute plus-size maxi dress patterns on the market. For every cute ready-to-wear design I find, there seems to be a pattern that corresponds to it pretty well.
In that vein, today we’re playing Make It Yourself. Or, if you prefer a more detailed title: Knock Off That Pretty Maxi Dress That is Way Too Expensive For What It Is.
I absolutely adore the “Coastal Cold Shoulder” dress, from Kiyonna, with its interesting sleeve detail and deep, plunging neckline. It’s both sexy and casual, especially in that tropical palm print above. Unfortunately, it’s also made out of polyester knit and has an asking price over $100. Yikes!
Luckily, Simplicity 1102 is newly on the market and echoes my favorite parts of this dress. Part of their “Amazing Fit” line, the main view of this pattern is a maxi length jersey dress, with a v-neckline, pretty waist pleating, and a similar “cold shoulder” detail. While a similar tropical-print knit was difficult to find, this dress would be stunning made up in a dark floral cotton jersey.
Sizing: Up to 50″ Bust
Next up on my maxi dress obsession list is this cross-front coral maxi dress from Little Mistress. That neckline is just so, so pretty, but once again we have a $100 polyester dress. Why would I ever buy that, when I can make one in a better fabric? I live in Texas, y’all. We can’t wear polyester after February.
This is where Lekala, with their custom sizing and stable of interesting designs, comes to the rescue. Lekala 5584 has a similar cross-over detail, but is actually a prettier overall design, with a banded waist and cross-over back. Made up in a pink rayon challis or coral cotton voile, this would be just as pretty as its RTW counterpart, but much easier to wear.
Sizing: No limit. Lekala patterns are designed to your specific measurements, using some nifty softwear.
Finally, we have my personal favorite design, this 70’s floral maxi dress from Asos Curve. This one really tempted me, y’all. Just look at those flowing sleeves and that lush floral fabric! Doesn’t this demand to be worn to a summer garden wedding? Unfortunately, our old friends–price tag and bad fabric–have returned to play with our hearts. Once again, this is a pricey polyester dress. Curses!
Even for this beautiful dress, though, there is a satisfactory pattern analogue. One of Burda’s newest patterns, the Cross Back Tunic Dress, has similarly elegant design features. The kimono sleeves and slinky fabric are both at play, even! Better still, this dress has a beautiful back detail and a defined waist. With some simple hem elongation, this could be the holy grail of maxi dresses! I’ll let you know, because I’m currently sewing this up in the second fabric above. Sizing: Up to 48″ bust
Do you have the maxi dress bug, my dears? Is there a favorite plus size maxi dress pattern that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comment trail!