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30+ Maxi Dress Patterns + Maxi Skirts to Sew

Get your summer wardrobe ready with these free long dress and skirt patterns that are perfect for warmer weather.

By: Kirsten Kwon, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
30 Maxi Dress Patterns  Maxi Skirts to Sew

It's no secret that maxi dresses have been one of this summer's most popular trends.

What's not to love? They're slimming and comfortable, they flatter every body type, and they're easy to dress up or keep casual.

In this collection, you'll find some of the best designs in this collection of 30+ Maxi Dress Patterns + Maxi Skirts to Sew.

Women's maxi dresses are all the rage, and even when summer comes to a close, these pieces can easily carry over into fall with the addition of a cute jacket and boots.

Oh, and one more thing to love about these long dresses for summer—you can actually make them yourself!

Sure, you can find these maxi dresses all over the stores, but at a much higher price. As sewists, we're always looking for the DIY option.

When it comes to dressing for the season, there's nothing more comfortable and cute than long dresses for summer. And a few lightweight skirts, too!

Let this collection of simple plain dresses and skirts for summer inspire you to create special pieces that can live in your wardrobe for years to come!

PLUS! Click to play the video right below to learn how to make a body form in an inexpensive and easy way! Master sewist Mary Beth Temple has all the best tips and tricks for making your own body replica for sewing clothing.

Patterns for Maxi Dresses

If you're new to creating one of these long dresses, learn how to make a maxi dress or how to make a maxi skirt with any of these maxi dress tutorials. If you're planning a vacation, make resort maxi dresses with the patterns below. Or, for a vintage feel, you'll find plenty here.

Maxi dresses are so perfect for warmer weather! Their loose and flowing silhouettes keep you cool while still looking elegant. These DIY maxi dresses are ideal for most sewists and are a fantastic way to get the designer look for less.

  • 1 Hour Maxi Dress Tutorial

    Fast and made for less than $10, this quick and easy tutorial shows you how to create a flowy and comfortable dress.

  • Strapless Ruffled Maxi Dress

    A DIY strapless maxi dress fit for the stars. Style this idea with some lovely jewelry and strappy sandals to create a summery outfit.

  • Strapless Maxi Dress

    Resort maxi dresses like this one are perfect for summer parties. Dress it up with fun accessories or dress it down for a casual look.

  • The SoHo Maxi Dress Tutorial

    An easy DIY maxi dress with funky flair, this free pattern delivers an outfit perfect for summertime parties and outings.

  • Vintage Sheet to Maxi Dress

    Learn how to make a maxi dress that looks straight out of the '60s or '70s by using your favorite vintage fabric.

  • Simple Maxi Dress

    This is the perfect maxi dress pattern for outdoor summer parties, a walk in the park, or a day spent out and about.

  • Effortless Caftan Dress

    Make a dress that's as easy as it is gorgeous with this lovely maxi dress pattern. Perfect for summer, this breezy dress transitions well from day to night.

  • Draped Maxi Dress

    If you’re seeking long dresses for summer parties, learn how to make a maxi dress like this one. Maxi dresses this cute are reserved for goddesses like you.

  • Designer Inspired Caftan Pattern

    Inspired by classic 1970s dress shapes, this caftan sewing pattern is romantic and flowy and looks amazing on all figures.

  • Peasant DIY Maxi Dress

    Channel your inner bohemian goddess for a simple and stunning dress that makes a charming choice for spring and summer. 

  • Boho Scarf Maxi Dress

    Forget going to the fabric store. Raid your closet or thrift store for lightweight scarves to make this bohemian dress! This creative design is a must-make for retro fashion lovers.

  • Kid's Maxi Dress

    Why should grown-ups have all the glam? Make your girls some long dresses for summer that they can play in and wear to social events or wherever their adventures take them.

  • Side Slit DIY Maxi Dress

    This dress is comfy yet very pretty with a side slit and colorful printed fabric. It'll flow with every step, so you'll feel like a goddess!

  • Pretty Girl's DIY Maxi Dress

    With a little wildly-patterned fabric, your little girl will be free to run around during the summer while being stylish in this adorable dress.

  • It's a Cinch Maxi Tutorial

    Made with just two yards of fabric, this easy maxi dress tutorial looks glamorous but is simple to make, and it's sure to be your go-to dress for your next wedding or graduation.

  • Scarves DIY Maxi Dress

    This maxi dress pattern shows you how to use old scarves (or squares of fabric) to create a flowing and beautiful dress that will look great on just about anybody.

  • How To Make Your Own Maxi Dress For Summer

    BONUS! From the designer: "This DIY maxi dress has a beautifully draped front and high neckline. The front drape makes this uber-comfortable silhouette still feminine and can be worn almost anywhere from a beach vacation to dinner dates."

Long Dress Patterns for Summer

If you like dresses with a little more structure or that hit below the knee, then you'll love these long dress patterns and tutorials. Unlike maxi dresses, which are flowy and designed for comfort, these easy sundresses have a more feminine shape, with fitted waists that will show off your curves.

These free dress patterns are ideal for dressier occasions and are guaranteed to show off your beautiful legs. Plus, their fitted structure adds an air of ladylike elegance to your ensemble, which is perfect for vintage clothing lovers.

  • Super Easy Summer Dress

    There's no reason not to learn how to make a maxi dress when it’s this simple. Whip this DIY maxi dress up in no time and wear it out at night for some summer lovin'.

  • Coral Dress

    This free long dress pattern creates one outfit that looks like two! It's super-stylish and flattering for all body types. Not to mention one important factor: it has POCKETS!

  • Knit Peasant Dress Tutorial

    Learn to sew a super-comfy dress like this one. You're going to feel incredibly pretty when you wear this free dress pattern. 

  • The Cabo Dress T-Shirt Refashion

    This dress looks great all on its own, but if you are in need of a DIY bathing suit cover-up, this idea is the perfect solution. 

  • Convertible Dress/Skirt

    Convert this piece to fit your needs—it works as both a simple skirt and a free long dress pattern!

  • A Gathered Dress

    Retro long dresses for summer are so "in" right now. Make a DIY dress from yesteryear that you can dress up or down.

  • Colorblock T-Shirt Dress

    Keep it casual this season by making a long dress for summer that isn't too formal. This one will have you feeling cool, comfy, and cute. Choose two fave colors and sew!

  • T-Shirt Dress Pattern

    The t-shirt dress is the perfect item to make when you only have a couple of hours to spare and are in need of something practical to hang around in the warm summer days.

  • Tropical Wrap Dress Pattern

    BONUS! What's more summery than this? Celebrate the warm, sunny breeze of summer by making a maxi dress pattern that is flattering, fancy, and tropical.

Maxi Skirt Sewing Patterns

Long skirt patterns are just as fun in the summer as dresses, especially because you can pair it with your favorite tee or tank. So, if you love separates and being able to mix and match your wardrobe, then these maxi skirt patterns below are just what you need.

If you're interested in sewing other summer skirts, there are a few fabulous long skirts. We've also provided helpful projects like The Jersey Skirt or The Under Skirt, both found below. These free skirt patterns can easily go from casual to dressy, depending on what you pair them with.

  • 2 Yard Pleated Skirt Tutorial

    Made using two yards of gingham fabric, this DIY skirt tutorial has a classic 1950s silhouette and can easily be dressed up or down.

  • The Domesticated Skirt

    Sew a long skirt that doubles as a reversible apron! How cool is that? When one half gets messy, flip it around and tie it again for a fresh look.

  • DIY Maxi Skirt

    Whether you're looking for a lazy day skirt or you just need to make your own clothes before summer arrives, this DIY maxi skirt pattern will do the trick.

  • The Jersey Skirt

    The easiest, the most comfortable, and the most versatile skirt ever. You sew long skirts so you can look cute all year, right? So try this all-season project!

  • The Under Skirt

    A free skirt pattern that's totally practical for your wardrobe. It's designed to be worn under another skirt for more coverage, but works perfectly well on its own, too.

  • Anthropologie Ruffled Skirt Tutorial

    This long skirt pattern is designer-inspired without the high price tag! Dress this one up for work or date night. Sewing long skirts has never been this fun.

  • Long Patterned Peasant Skirt

    Take a look at this DIY skirt and try not to fall in love with this summer sewing pattern. It's a must-make for any gal.

  • DIY Denim Skirt

    If it’s a casual sewn skirt you’re after, this is your ticket. Sewing long skirts for summer doesn’t have to be on account of formal occasions.

  • Fat Quarter Long Wrap Skirt

    If you enjoy sewing with fat-quarters and want to know the ins and outs of sewing long skirts, this is your project! Give yourself a fun, bright look.

  • 6 Step Skirt

    Take an hour out of your weekend to make a long skirt like this one. It only takes six steps to make a skirt for summer that looks fashionable and fun!

  • Maxi to Peasant Skirt Refashion

    BONUS! Everyone has that one dress hanging in the back of their closet that never gets worn. Transform an unflattering maxi dress into a stylish and lightweight peasant skirt with this refashioning project.

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Very very nice video. Great looking garment with 1 piece of fabric....Excellent and flattering to the young ladies figure. That's a winner!

This was the video for the 1 shoulder dress made without sewing. Not the one with the ruffle and cool music.

I felt the sewing was quite sloppy and put together in a very uncaring mode. The end result was a very tacky looking ill fitting pieces of fabric, I am sorry for feeling this way, the girl was quite lovely,but the dress or skirt top??? was less than flattering on her. It look like it was thrown together,no need to measure accurately,no need to finish edges,no need to press as you go. I would never be able to make this as I am to precise in everything I make, I would not even allow myself to cut such necessary steps as was done in this garment on a Halloween costume. I guess it goes to show you get what you pay for. I personally always prep my fabric,measure everything,press after every seam either open or to the right or left,depending on where the seam/dart is located and a ruffle needs to be neatly sewn on the underlying edge and then finished on the internal seam. I am so sorry, I simply felt the only thing useful was the music, It was a very upbeat clear voiced song and quite lovely, as far as the lesson,the stitching and the end result would never leave my sewing room on a person, not even a pet outfit would be put together so shoddy. And did she not notice how bad the fit was and how it puckered out everywhere when taking the selfie? I am sorry, First time seeing one of your videos from free sewing and the last.

the blue and black leopard 1 shoulder dress was much better,but it was like watching a look at my body video for the first five minutes, a little to much modeling and not enough teaching in the leaopard print,but overall a much better video than the horricf 1yard mess.

I agree, very bad design, no fitting at all and the video would be of no use to beginner, too out of focus to be of any significance

Loved the music. Who is it???? Clever presentation....

Love the music. who is it... Loved the presentation as well. Thanks

Not able to follow the quick, sloppy indications of measurements. Also, cannot read the writing on the ruffle pattern. Words should be written with darker ink. It just looked not very well put together for an instructional video.

I have been looking and looking for house dress patterns from the fifty's and sixty's anyone help me?

To iamcybergran 4198706, my grandmother called them house coats. Not sure if you want "antique" patterns. If you're looking for current patterns, try these: http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/day-to-night-dress-products-15300.php?page_id=1245&search_control=display&list=0 http://butterick.mccall.com/b6601-products-1054.php?page_id=4422&search_control=display&list=search http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m5640-products-8931.php?page_id=101&search_control=display&list=0 http://www.indygojunction.com/patterns/adult_clothing/all_adult_clothing/modern_house_coat/ http://www.indygojunction.com/patterns/adult_clothing/all_adult_clothing/audreys_afternoon_dress/ Best of luck.

I think more lady's should try them, they are so romantic!

Love it All..! thanks for sharing...

I LOVE long skirts - they can be dressed up or down. They also cover my legs so that I can bend and move around without worrying about my hind-end showing! It just makes me feel special!

Yes, I couldn't agree more!

I likelong skirt

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