Madeleine, this gorgeous Grecian maxi dress sewing pattern is elegant AND comfy. The unique, but simple to sew, circular neckband flows over the gathered bust and drapes into the skirt.
Slight shaping at the waist, and a hip skimming silhouette are extremely flattering for all body types, including expectant mama bears! Your fabric choices will take this pattern from swimsuit cover up to sun dress to an evening out.
Skill Level – Perfect for advanced beginner sewistas.
Sizes – Pattern includes ladies’ sizes XXS to 5XL! See the size chart in the gallery above.
Options – Two strap options: straight band or crisscross.
Fabrics – Best results and fit will be achieved with a light to medium-weight knit with at least 20-30% stretch.
*Do not use a woven fabric.
A fabric with 4-way stretch (stretches in all directions) will be more drapey than a 2-way stretch (only stretches in one direction). It will also swing and swish around your legs more. Great examples are jersey, rayon, viscose, bamboo, ITY jersey, silk satin with elastine, and silk jersey with elastine.
The stretch recovery of your fabric is just as important as the stretch percentage. This will ensure your dress maintains its shape and fit for as long as possible and not become baggy. To test the stretch recovery (elasticity), simply check that when you stretch your piece of fabric it returns to its original size.
OPTIONAL Interlining – This is a layer of fabric that goes between the outer and inner neckband pieces. You can’t see it from the outside or inside of the finished garment and it is completely hidden.
If your fabric has a lot of stretch and is heavy, we recommend attaching interlining onto the back of one of the neckband pieces. This will become the outer neckband. Our favorite fabric for this is Coutil as it gives the structure whilst also being breathable.
Alternatively, you could use a medium-weight woven with a little give. It needs to be able to ease slightly as you breathe and move in the garment, whilst also holding the neckband firm against your skin. Twill, gabardine drill or other similar weight fabrics are a great substitute. Approximately a fat quarter will be sufficient for all sizes.
If you use a fabric with a print or nap such as velvet, remember to cut all pieces in the same direction and to allow extra fabric for this.
See the fabric requirements in the gallery above for yardage. A serger/ overlocker is optional but NOT required.
Format – This trim-free pattern is a downloadable PDF and comes in A4 or US letter printable sizes. An A0 format (pattern pieces only) is also included should you wish to have your pattern printed professionally. PDF Layers allow you to select and print only the size/s you want.
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