Simple Maxi Dress Pattern and Tutorial

As much as I love the look of a short(er) dress, I rarely wear one to church or for a night out with my husband.

Why, you ask?

Our church keeps the temperature at 62 (no joke) and I'm almost positive all restaurants are right around there as well. Compared to our house, which we keep at 75-78 during warmer months, I'm absolutely freezing when I'm in a place that is 62 degrees. And unless I'm planning to drink a lot of wine, I have a much more enjoyable time when I can focus on the sermon or chatting with my husband instead of frantically rubbing my arms or legs to avoid frostbite. 

And so, this maxi was created out of necessity. I wanted something that was comfortable, simple, and would protect my arm or legs from 62 degrees settings. 


I used our shift dress pattern (it's FREE for you) and simply lengthened it. 

We generally walk to church, so I wanted to make sure it wouldn't be difficult to walk in for ten minutes either; hence the side split. 


I used a chambray/denim lookalike knit that I found at Joann's a few months ago. It was on sale when I purchased it and I haven't been able to find it since then. Any medium weight knit will work great.

Generally our shift dress pattern takes about 1-1.5 yards of fabric, but I used 2 yards for this maxi dress.


1. Download our free shift dress pattern.

Download the pattern and determine your base size. Remember, this pattern fits very true to size.  If you want it to fit like mine does, go up by one size.

2. Determine your length measurement.

Measure from the nap of your neck down to the ground. Add 1 inch for the seam allowance. 

Measure from the center of your collarbone down to the ground. Add 1 inch for seam allowance.

3. Sewing Tutorial

The sleeves, facing, and everything but the hem is the exact same as this shift dress tutorial.

The side split is exactly like this side split hem tutorial. 

It's so simple and it only took a couple hours to sew. And if you're wondering, it did keep me mostly warm at dinner over the weekend. The verdict at church is still to be determined.