Simplicity 1612 – The “Not Quite Maxi” Dress


I enjoy wearing maxi dresses in the summer time. I make one or two every summer. I wanted a new knit summer dress but I envisioned something in-between a maxi and a midi because a maxi was not going to be practical for the event I had in mind.

I chose Simplicity 1612 for my dress. I’ve made View A and C in the past. For this dress I went with View D/E.


I cut off about 5 inches at the hemline of View E. The finished length reminds me of skirts/dresses I wore in the early 1980’s.


I had a couple of yards of this ITY knit that I purchased last summer while on vacation in Quebec. There was not a lot of wiggle room for pattern placement so I had to let most of the pattern pieces fall where there was room. The back has a lot going on but I don’t see the back so I’m O.K. with that πŸ˜‰


Now that I’ve made this dress, I can see myself making the shorter version. The pattern is well drafted and the dress fits well. This pattern is out-of-print but if you have it in your stash, I think it’s worth digging out.


18 thoughts on “Simplicity 1612 – The “Not Quite Maxi” Dress

  1. What a cute summer dress. I love the bodice details on this one! You look like you are ready for a South Seas cruise πŸ™‚

  2. I love the detail of this dress and the length is perfect. I do have this pattern but have yet to make it….shame on me lol!

  3. Fabulous. Your shoes are always perfect. Do you make those too?😏
    Just kidding! But the last dress is still my all time favorite.

  4. I have this pattern and had no idea what fabric to use. I’ve just ordered some ITY knit to make this lovely dress up in time for summer (a long way off here, unfortunately!) Your dress is, as usual, fabulous. πŸ™‚

  5. It is unusual to find a pattern with interesting features both front and back that also fits well. Well done choosing this pattern, and your fabric says summer.

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