Holyoke Maxi Dress & Skirt
PDF pattern available in sizes 12-32; printed pattern available in sizes 12-28. We will update the printed pattern to our new size range as soon as we can.
Soak up the sun in the Holyoke Maxi Dress & Skirt! View A is a sophisticated maxi dress featuring wide, bra-friendly straps and an angled neckline, while View B is a breezy full-length skirt. Both views have roomy pockets and an easy fit, thanks to an elasticized back waist, faux button placket, and princess seams. Whether made up in a floaty rayon challis or sumptuous linen, the Holyoke will keep you looking cool all summer long.
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SEWING LEVEL: Advanced beginner.
SIZING: 12 to 28 (printed pattern), 12-32 (PDF pattern), in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H). See Sizing Guide.
Light- to mid-weight woven fabric such as cotton lawn, linen, or rayon. Use drapey fabrics for a flowy look or firmer fabrics for a more structured result.
Light weight fusible interfacing.
NOTIONS: Universal needle, thread, 11 buttons size ⅜"- ½" / 1 cm, 25" (0.7m) 3/4" (2cm) wide knit elastic.
Use the dropdown menu above to order either a Printed Pattern, which will be mailed to your address, or a PDF Pattern, which can be downloaded.
The PDF comes in three files (one for each bust size), so you only need to print your size. You'll receive files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
Instructions: 22 pages (5.5 MB)
Pattern pieces (for each cup size): 62 pages (0.7 MB each)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 3 pages (0.4 MB each)
- Grading Between Sizes - Top or Dress with Princess Seams
- Hack the Holyoke: Swing Mini-Skirt
- Hack the Holyoke: Knee-Length Dress with Pockets
- Hack the Holyoke: Peplum Top
- Sew a Quick and Dirty Holyoke Muslin
found it quite tough going as was sewing a viscose which frayed a lot. The explanations were very helpful and this dress took me a long time to get finishedm am very happy with result.
This pattern was successful for me as-is, very little adjusting needed. I'm a confident sewer, but adjusting patterns is still hard for me. It FEELS amazing too, comfortable and cute. Thank you for making patterns for women with larger busts!
A lovely dress! The pattern is well drafted with excellent instructions. I love that it looks like a sundress, but combines that with strap coverage, and not too revealing a neckline. Very happy to have this in my wardrobe, and I highly recommend the pattern
I have been wanting a comfortable button front skirt. Thank you for such a great pattern! Other than leveling the hem I didn’t need to do any other alterations—just followed the size based on my measurements. I’m going to make the sundress view next spring. I need to work on fall clothes now. Wish I had made the dress sooner for summer.
I’ve wanted a well-fitting sundress in this style for ages, but hadn’t found the pattern quality I wanted in my size range, until the Holyoke came along. And I freaking love it! I made the maxi-dress - View A - full-length, but shortened two inches to compensate for my height of 5’4. It ended up being the perfect length, with a lovely swish! It’s a nicely detailed design, but the construction is straightforward, easy to follow, and not overly fiddly or fussy (winning!).
The grading tutorials offered on the blog as well as in the pattern book were easy to follow for the grading I needed (three sizes from bust to hip). The 1” grid background on the PDF pattern was a godsend and the drafting is consistent between sizes which all contribute to a fabulous result. The back elastic insertion was the fiddliest bit, so when I make another I’ll probably alter my construction to avoid the zig zag topstitch, as the cotton lawn I used was thin and soft enough to ruche quite nicely without the zig zag. Something heavier or more textured like a linen would probably need it for ease of finish. Overall, I really enjoyed making my Holyoke and I definitely can’t wait to make another!