How to Sew a Knit Maxi Dress

There are some patterns that grab your attention and you just run away with the creations. Simplicity 8874 was that pattern for me recently. If you’re a beginner and want to learn how to sew a knit maxi dress, I’ve got a treat for you today. Keep reading.

When I first saw Simplicity 8874, I was drawn to the squared neckline and flared skirt. I love a good maxi skirt, and when I find a pattern that’s versatile and easy to sew, it’s a win-win! I could easily sew this dress up in about an hour. However, because I’m a slow sewist and prefer to take my time to add extra finishing touches to even the simplest of patterns, I usually spend at least a few days making a dress. I cut a size 12 and made no pattern adjustments.

How to sew a knit maxi dress

This maxi dress pattern comes with four different views. But what’s most exciting is how you can make it look so different based on fabric choice and mixing the bodices and sleeve options. I love the dress so much that I’ve sewn it four times already.

It’s very comfortable and can be dressed up or down. I’ve worn all four dresses several times already. LOL! I’ve worn them to church, the grocery store, lounging around the house, and out to dinner. Another sew sister gave me the idea of making one for the winter. So, I’ll probably pull out some sweater knit fabric and make one with long sleeves and style it with boots, a belt and winter hat. Hmmm…

How to sew a knit maxi dress
How to sew a knit maxi dress

For this version of the dress, I used the squared neckline bodice, the long skirt, and sleeves with ties. I styled it with my high heel animal print pumps and my DIY clutch purse. The shoes are for sitting and short distance walking only. I can’t wear pointed toe shoes anymore because they hurt now. There is a link to a Sew Along video for the purse at the end of this post.

How to sew a knit maxi dress

If you’re intimidated by working with knit fabrics, the best way to get over that is to just give it a try. And keep trying until you become comfortable with the fabric. If you missed it last week, I created a Pattern Review video for this dress, sharing some of the knit fabrics that will work well for the dress, so check that out at the end of this post. I also share in the tutorial supplies that I used to help achieve nice hems and topstitching with knit. Click the link at the end of this post to watch the Pattern Review.



It’s not secret that I’m a Baby Lock girl! I love my Baby Lock machines and for this sew-along I used three different  machines. Yes, I used my Soprano, Vibrant, and Euphoria to sew this simple dress. Was it really necessary to use three machines on this project? Absolutely not!


But let me tell you how rewarding it was to use three machines, all dedicated to a specific task, to make these beautiful dresses. I could have easily sewn the dress with my Vibrant Serger, with the exception of the bust darts and top stitching. It would have been a really quick project.

However, I wanted to demonstrate how this can be done on a regular sewing machine, while giving you a taste of what it’s life to use a serger. And because I LOVE my new Euphoria Coverstitch Machine, there’s just now way I would topstitch without it ever again. LOL!

You don’t need three machines to make your dress, but it was like a beautiful dream to use all my Baby Locks to sew the dresses. The finished product speaks for itself. 


If you want to give this a try, then join me as I show you how to sew this dress. There is a new video on my YouTube channel where I walk you through the steps of making the dress, with lots of detail.I suggest watching the pattern review first, though, to get all the details in preparation to sew.  Follow the links at the end of this post to watch the videos. 

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  1. Agatha

    I love your styling of the jacket. Your’e an inspiration. Keep up the good work.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much, Agatha! I’m so glad you’re inspired.

  2. Ida Harrington

    Hi Anita! So excited! I was talking to my Aunt yesterday about you and she has been following you for a few years. She loves you too!?

    1. Anita Morris

      Wow! That’s awesome that she’s been following for so long.