SEW THE LOOK – MAXI

There’s no getting away from the fact the ‘maxi’ has been very popular in clothing for quite some time now. Looking towards Spring and Summer 2021, I have to say I don’t think it’s going anywhere!

Florence Dress from Sew Over It, Portbellow Trouser from Nina Lee and Mave Skirt from True Bias

I also think it’s the secret to feeling! I’m loving this trend so much! As we come out of lockdown – the thought of having to get properly dressed for possibly the first time in a while is a little scary! Let’s be honest, we don’t all feel comfortable showing the amount of leg that summer sometimes seems to demand. If you’re feeling a little that way, maxi can be an excellent option for the warmer months. Styles are long enough to cover up but often floaty and swishy enough to keep you cool on those hot days (if we ever get any!). Maxi clothing can look so stylish. Put together, it can be worn day to night. The maxi look is a great way to cover up from the sun too to avoid too much exposure so it’s perfect for summer holidays too (what are those again)!!

Here, I share some of my favourite maxi patterns for this next season – or actually the season we should be in now if only the weather would co-operate. I also look at a few ideas of how you can incorporate this trend into your wardrobe – whatever your personal style might be.

The Maxi Dress…

I’m a massive lover of the maxi dress! But being quite petite at only 5ft 3in, I tend to find that ready-to-wear maxi dresses can swamp me. The beauty of being able to sew is that, we can adapt the length or pattern style to better suit our own body shapes. 

Three of my favourite maxi dresses for summer inlcude the Wilder Gown by Friday Pattern Company, the full length McCalls 7969 (which is on my Make Nine by the way) and the Southport Dress by True Bias. Oh, and I also love the Sew Over It Florence Dress too (pictured above) – there are just so many lovely patterns to choose from at the moment.

Wilder Gown from Friday Pattern Co, McCall’s 7969 and Southport Dress from True Bias
Floaty Floral Viscose and Stripy Viscose Linen from Minerva Crafts

If you’re a little on the short side like myself, adding elastic to the waist of the Wilder Gown is a great way to bring it in a little. If you’re uncomfortable with the blousy style, likewise, you could add waist ties or a belt if you prefer.  I’ve made a midi version with elastic. But I plan on making a full-length version for summer, again with the elastic hack in a floaty floral viscose. I’ll be styling mine with Saltwater sandals but you could wear with a pair of trainers. This dress would be so amazing worn with a pair of heels too.

I’d love to make up a Southport in a floaty and oh so cool stripey viscose linen.  Wouldn’t that be amazing on a hot day with a pair of sandals or flip flops!

The Maxi Skirt…

You can’t beat the ease and comfort of a maxi skirt! Throw it on with a T shirt or jersey vest for a staple – it’s a super comfy outfit that can be worn on repeat throughout summer.  The maxi skirt is so quick and easy to sew up. If you don’t have a pattern – you could have a go at drafting your own draft. Essentially it’s a rectangle of fabric, and an easy to sew elasticated waist channel.

View B of The Holyoke from Cashmerette is a breezy full-length skirt. It has roomy pockets and an easy fit, thanks to an elasticised back waist, faux button placket, and princess seams. Whether made up in a floaty rayon challis or sumptuous linen, this skirt will keep you looking cool all summer long. Likewise, New Look’s 6516 and the Mave skirt from True Bias would look great in a crinkle crepe, a cool double gauze or again in a bright bold floral viscose or rayon styled with a cotton jersey vest, a silk cami or just a simple T shirt.

Holyoke Skirt from Cashmerette, Pattern 6516 from New Look and Mave Skirt from True Bias
Fabrics from from Minerva Crafts

The Maxi Trousers…

Wide legged trousers are everywhere at the moment and again, I think we can all see why! They are super comfy secret pyjamas that look really put together. Wide legged trousers can look amazing in a really vibrant print. Use a large floral design for a tropical, holiday vibe, or go for a ditsy floral for a more understated look. These three ‘maxi pants’ sewing patterns that have caught my eye!

These are the Nina Lee Portabello Trousers, the Simple Sew Palazzo Pants and Vogue 9361 – how amazing are these!! The beauty of a pair of wide legged trousers is that they can really be dressed up or down depending on the fabric you use. The Nina Lee’s Portabello Trousers would look amazing in a plain wool fabric paired with a pair of trainers and a casual T shirt. However, they could just as easily be dressed up for the office with a pair of heels.

I’d love a pair of the Vogue 9361’s in a drapey red floral viscose. I think they would be great with a pair of flat sandals and a pretty plain top. Not too keen on the full on length of this style but love the pattern?  Simply crop to midcalf and use a more understated ditsy floral for a casual culotte style look instead. This is also a great way to maximise the use of your patterns. Could you even crop to shorts as well?  Maybe we’re going off the ‘maxi’ trend slightly here but you get the idea!

Potbello Trousers from Nina Lee, Palazzo Trousers from Sew Simple and Pattern 9361 from Vogue
Fabrics from from Minerva Crafts

The Alternative…

If you’re not quite ready to embrace ‘maxi’ style, going ‘midi’ is a great alternative. Midi length is usually cut to around mid-calf and can feel a little less full on than floor length. 

So that’s my little round up of what I’m loving about the maxi trend this season. I can’t wait to sew some of these ideas up. We just need some summer sunshine now and we might be able to wear them too! What’s your favourite maxi pattern – we’d love to know!

Sally xxx