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Fall Maxi Dress – McCall’s 7122

Hello everyone!  It happened!  I got caught not ready!  Our weather has turned windy and a tad bit chilly.  No gradual change here.  One day I was comfortably wearing a sundress and flip flops.  The next day I needed a sweater and covered shoes.  I thought I had another two weeks, because in past years I’ve noticed the chill comes right around October 30th or 31st.  Ready or not, I guess it’s time to go “all-in” with fall sewing.  So here’s my first fall maxi dress of 2016.

Fall Maxi Dress - McCall's 7122

This pattern is a beginner’s dream.  McCall’s Pattern Company has a line of “Learn to Sew for Fun” patterns.  These patterns are great for those who are new to sewing.  In addition to the usual pattern/fabric layout guide and sewing directions, you are given additional information to guide you in the process of learning to sew garments.  Here’s a list of the bonus instructions you receive with these patterns:

  1. SEWING SUPPLIES – Here you are given a list of supplies you will need for sewing the garments in the envelope (in addition to the notions listed on back of the envelope).
  2. SELECT YOUR SIZE AND PATTERN PIECES –  Here you learn how to select the proper size pattern by using your body measurements, and how to prepare your pattern pieces before cutting. (Always choose your cutting line based on the finished measurements printed on the pattern tissue, when given.)
  3. PATTERN MARKINGS – Here you learn about the different lines and symbols you will see printed on the pattern tissue.
  4. ADJUSTING PATTERN LENGTH – Here you learn how to shorten and lengthen your pattern pieces to accommodate your body.
  5. LAYOUTS – Here you learn how to lay out your fabric and pattern pieces in preparation for cutting.
  6. TRANSFER MARKINGS – Here you learn what the different symbols printed on the pattern pieces represent and how to transfer them onto your fabric.
  7. SEWING PROCEDURES – Here you learn the basic steps to sewing the garments in the envelope.

After the basic sewing information is given, you are then guided through step by step SEWING DIRECTIONS in completing the garments in the envelope.  If you are new to sewing and have never laid hands on a pattern before, you will likely need additional instruction before you’re ready to dive in.  If that is you, I invite you to take a look at my Beginner’s Sewing Course, where I show you, through video tutorial, how to sew, in great detail.  For those of you who have already taken a sewing course and are still in the early beginner stages, then this type of pattern is great as a refresher or practice as you move forward in your sewing journey. They’re great because they require very few pattern pieces and very simple lines (I used 4 pieces to make this dress).  A simple pattern paired with an amazing fabric is like magic.

Fall Maxi Dress - McCall's 7122Unfortunately, this pattern only goes up to a size 26, so for those of you who need a larger size, I will refer you to my sew sister, Andrea, who is a Certified Fit Instructor.  This pattern is very easy to grade up because of the simple lines. Andrea blogs at Sew to Fit.  In this TUTORIAL, she shows you how to grade your pattern up to a larger size, so check her out.  She’s really good at what she does.

This pattern is sized for stretch knits only.  I chose a sweater knit from my stash because I want to add warm maxi dresses to my wardrobe for the cool weather, and I really want to sew down my stash instead of buying more fabric.  I chose this very simple pattern because I needed to wear this dress the next day.

Fall Maxi Dress - McCall's 7122

I absolutely love maxi dresses for all seasons.  They’re super comfortable–they’re cute–they’re great with any kind of shoe–and the styling options are limitless.  A maxi dress with a pair of boots, a warm scarf, and a blazer makes a nice work outfit for the office in cooler weather.  To see more “Learn to Sew for Fun” patterns from McCall’s, click HERE.

Create it!

  • Pattern: McCall’s 7122 (View D)
  • Fabric:  Sweat Knit (Michael Levine Loft) More sweater knits HERE & HERE
  • Handbag: Crocheted by me

What about You?

Do you like maxi dresses?  Do you wear them in all seasons?  How many would you say you have in your closet that you have made?

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God shines!


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Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

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  1. Megan Hodges

    Hello, lovely
    Thankyou so much for posting this! This is exactly the pattern I wanted.

  2. Alecia

    OMG you crochet too. I would love to see a tutorial. This dress is bomb. I’m a beginners beginner when it comes to sewing and you are truly an inspiration. I can’t wait to purchase this pattern and give it a try.

  3. Gayle

    A lovely dress on a lovely lady!

  4. Sherry

    Hi Anita.

    That is such a beautiful dress.

    Is that a light weight or medium weight sweater knit?

    Thank you.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Sherry! Thank you! It’s a very light weight.

  5. Sheila DS

    This is a beautiful dress, Anita! I love the knit pattern. I never thought about wearing maxi dresses in the colder months, but now I have to consider it.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Sheila! Oh yes, you should definitely consider it. I just love the comfort so much.


    What about a dress with a vent in the back, new to the class but love the instructions very clear

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Barbara! Glad you like the tutorials. Keep following and one day you’ll see a back vent construction. I have a lot more videos in the future. Working on my next one right now. Have a great day!

  7. Julia

    I’m going to try a ‘midi’! At my age, 63, I’d trip-up in a maxi and end up in the hospital-LOL! I’m learning a lot from your tutorials and have made several garments with success, so I am going to make Butterick 6169. I got an ‘almost’ solid black knit (with variegation) at Joann’s for half price recently. (It might be #14707863, but looks gray on their website). It is nice on both sides and a good solid weight for fall, not too heavy. Thanks, Anita, for keeping us excited about sewing!

    1. Anita Morris

      LOL! Julia, that is too funny! Yes, please make the midi so you won’t trip and fall. LOL! Have fun sewing your next project. So glad you enjoyed the tutorials. I’m working on my next one that I should be posting on the 28th, if all goes as planned.

    2. Sheila DS

      Julia, do you like the trending Hi-low length? I really like it. The hem is a little higher in the front (nice for walking) and lower in the back. I have a fall-to-winter dress like that–I didn’t make it but I really like it. The higher front still covers the tops of my boots, and the low back is a little longer, maybe a few inches above the ankle. This was one of my favorite styles for summer, and I’d like to have a few for colder weather, too. Just something else to consider.

  8. Ursula

    Hi Anita. Another great pattern selection, thanks for sharing.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey there, Ursula! Thank you so much, my friend!

  9. Shonna L Mackelprang

    Exquisite as always! You know I love you 12 ways from Sunday! You’re inspiring me to get my Fall sewing in order. I need to make some time. Thank you for your grace! Love this dress and your photo session is FLAWLESS!! Much love, Nita Boo! <3

    1. Anita Morris

      Ooooh, my dear Shonna! You know you make me blush, right? Thank you so much! Love me some you!

  10. Sherry

    Flawless and just simply elegant.

    I love it and you inspire me. Love it, love it, love it.

    Peace and blessings.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you, Sherry! Peace and blessings to you also!

  11. Angela Hill

    Hey Ms. Anita, miss you!! You look stunning in that Maxi Dress Ms. Anita, I know I have ask before and you getting tired of me asking(LOL) when are you coming back, I have gotten all my supplies, patterns, some fabric yes I’m ready and I have also been watching Brittany Jones too, also Ms. Anita will you be going to Mimi G’s convention next year, I will be going and this will be my first time so I hope to be able to meet you in person.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Angela! Awww, thank you so much! I’m on my way with the next tutorial. Recording has already begun. If all goes well it will post next Friday, on the 28th. Again, that’s if all goes well.

      I love Brittany too! Yes, I plan to be at Mimi’s conference next year. Oh Angela, get ready, because you’re gonna be so in awe of all the love and sisterhood you will be in the presence of. Please say hi if you see me. I look forward to meeting you in person.

      By the way, I am NOT getting tired of you asking me to come back. You and others who are asking motivate me so much.

    2. Maryellen

      That’s a clever answer to a tricky qutosien

  12. Jc

    Ok, I’m on a wifi & first comment didn’t take. Absolutely stunning! Thank you for all of of the wonderful details. ?. Everything you post is stunning & you are so very gracious! . Thank you for always looking out for us plus sizers & beginners! ?❤️❤️

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi JC! Thank you so much for your lovely comments. You make me smile.

  13. Felicia

    This is so pretty and looks like you purchased it from a store. You are such and inspiration. I will definitely try this one.

  14. Mirline K

    Good day Anita! I hope your well. Thanks for sharing these great resources. I had no idea about McCalls had beginner patterns and I looking forward to checking them out. My issue is with finding patterns Or learning to adjust patterns that fit my small really small frame. Anyways – love the outfit and enjoy reading your blogs. Ohhh didn’t know you crocheted too? Xo

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Mirline! You’re very welcome. You know, you can also grade your patterns to a smaller size, using the same techniques Andrea uses for grading up. So, you can buy the pattern envelope with the smallest size and grade down.

      Yes, I learned to crochet about 4 years or so ago. I only do small projects though. I haven’t had the patience to do blankets. I get bored if it takes too long. LOL! I love making the purses though.