Maxi Marianne Dress


I work at home most days, and nearly every day I'm completely alone. But, that is not an excuse to work in my pajamas all day. So what's fancier than pajamas but equally as comfortable? A maxi dress made from knit! That's exactly what!


This is yet another version of my Marianne Dress, featured this month of the Sew-Along, and this one is to illustrate how cozy and comfy it can be when lengthened into a maxi dress!

Yep, if you were to drop by my home on a random Wednesday, you'd likely find me looking like these photos, which is why I figured I should photograph the dress the way I really wear it: barefoot in my studio. I am branching out and plan to make some other things to wear at home, but man, it does seem hard to find the time when you sew for a living. But that's for another post!


I made View A, and added the sleeves of View B, but instead of making a cuff, I extended the sleeve to be wrist length to be nice and warm. For the dress, I didn't do anything overly complicated or do any fancy pattern drafting. To make this version, I simply measured the length of a favorite maxi dress, extended the dress to that length, and made it as wide as the fabric would allow. I cut straight across one of the stripes and simply hemmed it along the stripe instead of using the original shape of the dress hem. That's it! Easy peasy!

I know this isn't the most flattering of garments, but I love wearing this version, even if it will only be really worn at home alone. (or poolside when hungover–as I did on New Year's Day!)


This knit is a super soft and thin cotton spandex blend that I have had in my stash so long I'm not sure where it came from. The oatmeal and black stripe spoke to me and I knew I had to have it at the time, but it took years for me to do anything worthy of the big stripes. I think this was the perfect choice!


Oh, and yes, this post was supposed to go up on Friday, so sorry about that! Time just got away!

Tomorrow we'll get back to the sewing for the side seams of both View A and View B! I hope you all got caught up this weekend! Remember you can always find all the posts at the Marianne Dress Sew-Along tag!