Every summer, I go maxi dress crazy. I mean, I literally have about 15-20 maxi dresses and most are patterned. There's a joke in the office that I can probably wear a maxi dress everyday without repeating one for an entire month. :)
The next best thing are maxi skirts. They are super comfortable and just as feminine as a maxi dress. Pair it with a tee, tank or even a button-front woven shirt tied at the waist. Most maxi skirts are better paired with a flat shoe. If the hem stops at your ankle, then wear a heel. I will be making some very soon. (The ones I had were ruined.)
There are a ton of DIY tutorials on the web and YouTube. The easiest way to make a maxi skirt would be to cut a large rectangle (about double the with of your waist measurement), fold one of the longer sides to create a tunnel, pull elastic through the tunnel and sew the shorter sides together. Sew a hem and you're done!
Here are a few outfit ideas (all images found on Tumblr). Now go strut your stuff you sexy goddess!