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Calla Wrap Dress Tutorial With Free Sewing Pattern

Calla Wrap Dress Tutorial With Free Sewing Pattern
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Are you looking for a sewing pattern to make a wrap dress with puff sleeve silhouette? From functional tie strap around your waist to comfortable elastic sleeve detail, this dress design is all you need to accomplish a classic and feminine look.

Subscribe to the email list for the free Calla wrap dress sewing pattern. This puff sleeve wrap dress is a perfect addition to your DIY wardrobe. 

If you have medium-weight poly crepe, rayon, or even cotton fabric that does not require lining, it’s perfect to convert into this pretty Calla wrap dress.

Fashion Wanderer sewing patterns are adjustable. In this case, you may lengthen to make it into maxi wrap dress with puff sleeve, or even shorten the pattern to make a work-friendly wrap blouse to pair with a pair of pants, jeans, or skirt. 

Calla wrap dress closeup detail

Free Wrap Dress Sewing Pattern

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You will love this DIY Calla wrap dress sewing pattern because…

  • Each sewing pattern comes with detail instructions, step-by-step photos and video tutorial.
  • Easy to assemble the pdf sewing pattern.
  • Perfect for beginner and intermediate level.
  • You have access to different sizes of the printed pattern.
  • Unlimited downloads to reprint when you want!

For this Calla wrap dress tutorial, I used a poly crepe de chine medium sized flower printed fabric. I fell in love with the print, the material is easy to sew and does not need a lining because it wasn’t sheer at all.

So, if you have something similar like I used for this tutorial, go ahead and sew along with me.

However, you should not feel limited. If you have other fabrications and prints, explore your options to create your own unique version of this wrap dress design.

Using a sewing pattern is so convenient. Use your body measurements and cut the size that fits you. Each pattern indicates dotted line designs from size 2 to size 12, so make sure to have correct sizing from the chart on our website. 

Calla wrap dress front view

How do you make a Calla wrap dress?

Calla Wrap Dress Tutorial

In order to accomplish this pretty Calla wrap dress, determine fabric choices and prepare in advance by washing, air drying and ironing before you cut and sew. By doing so, you will have even cutlines and seems, and the finished dress will also be clean and ready to wear right away!

DIY Calla Wrap Dress Materials:

  • 1¾ to 2 yards of medium weight fabric
  • ¼” Width Elastic Band
  • Sewing Machine
  • Loop Turner

To make the calla wrap dress, print the pattern and cut out each piece.

Close the bust darts on the front and back bodice pieces.

Make the puff sleeves, with shirring on the shoulders.

Make both waist straps.

Attach the back bodices, sew the back skirt, and complete the back of the dress.

Attach the front bodice pieces to the front skirt pieces.

Attach the dress pieces along the shoulder seam and side seam.

Join the puff sleeves to the bodice.

Attach the waist strap to the waistline.

Clean finish the neckline with a ¾” wide bias strap.

Clean finish the front opening and hemline to finish the Calla wrap dress.

How to make Calla wrap dress

DIY Calla Wrap Dress Sewing Tips:

In this DIY Calla wrap dress, you will learn various methods to complete the sewing project. Simply print out and pick your size to cut out.

As you sew along, I’ve put together sewing tips that will help you to have fool-proof sewing journey. Read them through and always do a test stitch on a piece of fabric before getting started. 

  • Sewing Machine: When first starting the sewing process of your Calla wrap dress, make sure to thread the machine correctly. Also, change the thread color if you need overlock machine to use for this project. Test on a scrap of fabric to make sure you don’t have any skipping or other issues moving forward. 
  • Needle & Thread: If you stick with medium-weight non-stretch woven fabric, you may keep a universal sewing needle and polyester-blend thread for Calla wrap dress. If you can’t find the matching color for thread, try to go with a similar tone as the background color of the fabric. 
  • Stitches: For this tutorial, you will use overlock stitch to finish the raw edges inside, and straight stitch to join two pieces together. The average straight stitch on a sewing machine is 2.5mm, which is about 10-12 stitches per inch. Depending on the sewing machine brand, you may choose 0 to 3 for any medium-weight fabric. 
  • Loop Turner: In order to make the waist strap for the Calla dress, you will need to cut two separate straps. I used a loop turner to turn each strap inside out. But if you don’t have the tool indoor sewing kit, you can also use a safety pin to make it work. Make sure the safety pin is small enough to travel through the strap tunnel and slide it through to the other side.
  • Inbinding: Using self fabric inbinding is great finishing execution along the neckline. In order to make your own, simply fold the remnant fabric in half (or bias) and cut ¾” width straps. By doing so, it will create nice curve along the neckline. Press with an iron after opening up the first ¼” topstitch, then easily turnover the inside edge to create a sharp neckline. If your fabric is slightly too thick to double fold, you can also use same color fabric that is lighter weight. 

Don’t forget to signup to the email list above to get the free wrap dress sewing pattern. The printable pdf file will be sent to you immediately! 

Calla wrap dress back view
Calla wrap dress sideview
Yield: 1 Calla Wrap Dress

How To Make A Calla Wrap Dress With Sewing Pattern

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $10.00

If you are obsessed with puff sleeve, then you will love this Calla wrap dress. Slight shirring around the shoulder and nicely snugged cuff with elastic gives an elegant look to the design. 

Simply sew along by following the instructions and copy the sewing pattern on a piece of your favorite fabric. After assembling the pieces together, give a nice steam iron and enjoy your new wrap dress!

Materials

  • Free Wrap Dress Sewing Pattern
  • 1¾ to 2 yards of medium weight fabric
  • ¼” Width Elastic Band

Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Loop Turner

Instructions

  1. For this Calla wrap dress tutorial, start by assembling the pattern pieces. 
  2. Fold a piece of fabric in half, and pin the paper pattern to the fabric.
    Also, pin around the edges so that the two layers of fabric remain taught.
    Copy the front bodice,
    Front bodice pattern pieces
    and also the back bodice pieces.
    Back bodice pattern pieces
  3. Fold another piece of fabric in half, pin to secure and copy the puff sleeves,
    Puff sleeve pattern pieces
    waist straps, 
    Waist strap pattern pieces
    front skirt,
    Front skirt pattern pieces
    and also the back skirt pieces.
    Back skirt pattern pieces
  4. To close the bust dart on the front bodice piece, locate the position of the dart on the pattern piece.
    Locate the position of the bust dart on the front bodice pattern piece.
    Line up the dart on the fabric and mark with chalk.
    Line up the bust dart on the fabric and mark with chalk.

    Fold the fabric along the marking, pin to secure and close the bust dart.
    Fold the fabric along the marking, pin to secure and close the bust dart.
    Copy the bust dart onto the other front bodice piece.
    Copy the bust dart onto the other front bodice piece.
    Back bodice pattern pieces
  5. To close the bust dart on the back bodice piece, locate the position of the dart on the pattern piece.
    Locate the position of the dart on the back bodice pattern piece.
    Line up the dart on the fabric and mark with chalk.
    Fold the fabric along the back dart, pin to secure and close the back dart.

    Fold the fabric along the back dart, pin to secure and close the back dart.
    Copy the back dart onto the other back bodice piece.
    Copy the back dart onto the other back bodice piece.
  6. To make the puff sleeves, use a wide stitch width and sew along the top edge of both sleeves.
    Use a wide stitch width and sew along the top edge of both puff sleeves.
    Next, fold the sleeve in half and join the sleeve seam with the right sides facing together.
    Fold the sleeve in half and join the sleeve seam with the right sides facing together.
  7. To add shirring to the shoulder, flip the puff sleeve inside out and pull on the back thread to bunch the fabric.
    Flip the puff sleeve inside out and pull on the back thread to bunch the fabric.
  8. To complete the puff sleeve, overlock or zigzag stitch around the sleeve opening.
    Shirring on the puff sleeves
    Then, fold the sleeve opening ½” and edge topstitch to make a tunnel.
    Use a safety pin to slide a piece of ¼” elastic band through the tunnel.
    Zigzag stitch to secure the ends of the elastic band, then close the tunnel to finish the puff sleeves.
    Overlock or zigzag stitch around the sleeve opening.

  9. To complete the waist straps, fold the pieces in half lengthwise and overlock or zigzag stitch along the edge.
    To complete the waist straps, fold the pieces in half lengthwise and overlock or zigzag stitch along the edge.
    Use a loop turner to flip the waist straps inside out.
    Use a loop turner to flip the waist straps inside out.
Iron both waist straps to hide the seam along the edge.
    Iron both waist straps to hide the seam along the edge.
    Iron the straps so the side is on the side.
  10. To complete the back bodice, line up both pieces with the right side facing each other.
    Sew the center seam to join the back bodice pieces.
    Line up both pieces with the right side facing each other and sew the center seam to join the back bodice pieces.
  11. To complete the back skirt, line up both pieces with the right side facing each other.
    Sew the center seam to join the back skirt pieces.
    Line up both pieces with the right side facing each other and sew the center seam to join the back skirt pieces.
  12. To complete the back of the dress, line up the back bodice and back skirt pieces with the right side facing together.
    Sew the waist seam to join the back pieces.
    Line up the back bodice and back skirt pieces with the right side facing together. 
Sew the waist seam to join the back pieces.
  13. To complete the front of the dress, line up a front bodice piece and a front skirt piece with the right side facing together.
    Sew the waist seam to join the front pieces.
    Iron the dress pieces so that the seams will match evenly.
    Line up a front bodice piece and a front skirt piece with the right side facing together.
 Sew the waist seam to join the front pieces.
  14. To attach the dress pieces, line up the front dress and the back dress pieces.
    Pin along the side seam and leave a gap on one side for the waist strap to slide through.
    Line up the front dress and the back dress pieces.
    Sew the shoulder seam and side seam to join the dress pieces together.
    Pin along the side seam and leave a gap on one side for the waist strap to slide through.
  15. To attach the puff sleeves to the bodice, pin the sleeves to the armhole opening with the right sides facing each other.
    pin the sleeves to the armhole opening with the right sides facing each other.
    Sew around the armhole to join the puff sleeves to the wrap dress.
    Sew around the armhole to join the puff sleeves to the wrap dress.
  16. To attach the waist strap, join along the waistline on the right side of the wrap dress.
    Join along the waistline on the right side of the wrap dress.

    Attach the waist strap along the waistline on the right side of the wrap dress.

  17. To clean finish the neckline, cut a ¾” wide bias strap of fabric.
    Edge topstitch along the right side of the neck opening.
    Fold the strap over the neck opening and edge topstitch.
    Add a ¾” wide bias strap of fabric for a clean finish around the neckline.
  18. To clean finish the edges, overlock or zigzag stitch along the front opening and hemline.
    Overlock or zigzag stitch along the front opening.
    Overlock or zigzag stitch along the hemline.
  19. To finish the wrap dress, fold the end of the waist straps inside the tunnel and hand sew along the edge.
    Fold the end of the waist straps inside the tunnel and hand sew along the edge.
    Finished Calla wrap dress

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