Blouson maxi dresses are kinda my thing. It’s like wearing a socially acceptable and fashionable blanket. I’ve been wanting to sew up a knit blouson maxi dress for a while, but never found a pattern for it. So, since I’ve been reading some pattern drafting books, I decided I should just draft one up myself in this happy and super comfortable fabric from Sew Caroline for Art Gallery Fabrics Gleeful line!

Speaking of Sew Caroline, have you seen her limited edition line, Gleeful?! I think it’s just so happy and fun – definitely a reflection of her personality! Check out her entire Gleeful line on the Art Gallery website here and make sure to check it out in stores later this month!

Blouson Maxi Dress by

Blouson Maxi Dress by

For this dress, I used about 3 yards of the ‘Untangle Ribbon’ knit fabric. I wish I would have had 3.5 yards since it was a bit tough to fit all my pattern pieces – I just barely squeaked out the back bodice piece.

For the front bodice, I wanted to add some interest and play with the stripes. So, I cut 2 front bodice pieces on the bias and then serged them together, matching the stripes. I love how the stripes turned out!

To cinch the waist, I made a casing using the seam allowance from sewing the bodice to the skirt and used a 1/2 inch elastic. I also tacked the elastic at the side seams to keep it from twisting.

To finish the edges, I just folded under the arm holes and top stitched. For the neckline, I made bias tape out of some neon yellow ponte knit and finished the edges with that. I think I should have used bias tape on the armscye too since I think it just looks cleaner. My neckline was supposed to be a v-neck but when I added the bias tape, it turned in to more of a scoop neckline. Oops. Any tips for how to finish a v-neck with bias tape?

Blouson Maxi Dress by

Blouson Maxi Dress by

I know the blouson style isn’t everyone’s favorite, but I much prefer breezy, flowy dresses to form fitting ones. I’d love to know… what style of dress is your favorite to wear?

Disclaimer: This post is part of the Gleeful Fabrics blog tour. As a result of volunteering to participate in the blog tour, this fabric was provided to me free of charge. But, as always, the content and thoughts expressed in this post are my own.

  • Caroline

    so, SO gorgeous, Erin!! I am in love with this dress!!!!

    • Erin

      Yay! So glad you like it!!

  • Ally Design Rewind Fashions

    This dress looks extra comfie (sp?) and adorable! Perfect summer go to dress!

    • Erin

      It is! It’s like wearing a blanket!!

  • Jennifer V.

    There should definitely be a pattern for this dress! I would even like it as a boatneck.

    • Erin

      A boat neck is a great idea!

  • Heather @WhatDoesSheDoAllDay

    I love it! I would totally wear this dress everyday!

    • Erin

      I’m so glad you like it, Heather!! :)

  • Stacia

    This dress turned out so great! Her fabrics are so happy and cheerful! Do you think you’ll ever design patterns? :)

    • Erin

      I’m so glad you like the dress! I have a dream of designing patterns one day, but I want to work on my drafting skills even more before I publish one for sale. :)

  • Heather Roach

    I love the dress! One of my favorite things lately is interesting stripe play. Love what you did with the bodice.

    • Erin

      Thanks, Heather! I love interesting stripes too! I wish I had more fabric to do something different with the skirt too!

  • Emily

    Love this!

    • Erin

      Yay! I’m so glad you like it!

  • Melissa Mora

    Really lovely!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Melissa!! :)

  • Jay Trevy

    This is too cute!!!

    • Erin

      Aw, thanks Jay! :)

  • Cocos Loft

    So cute! the neck binding. When I have a center front seam, I just bind the neckline first, side, back, side. Then sew the center seam second. Serging the center seam, as you did, makes it very neat and comfortable…

    • Erin

      Ohhh! Thanks for the tip!!