Learn how to make a wrap dress without a pattern. This step-by-step DIY wrap dress tutorial will guide you through an easy beginners sewing project.
A DIY silk slip dress is one of the must have staple item for classic capsule wardrobe. However, you can upgrade a look with this reformation inspired wrap dress.
Wrap dresses make all women look chic and flattering. Learn how to make a wrap dress without a pattern by following these wrap dress instructions.
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How To Wear A Wrap Dress
Date Night Outfit: Wear a wrap dress with strappy pump heels.
Casual Outfit: Grab a crossbody bag and flats to dress down or even with sneakers for a casual brunch date.
Street Style: Wear a maxi length wrap dress as a kimono jacket or wear it over palazzo pants.
Wrap Dresses For Work: Dress up with a blazer or trench coat over with pretty heels
With just one simple wrap dress, you can play around to express a variety of outfit inspirations from wrap dresses for work, date night outfit and also a unique street style.
To own a flattering wrap dress, all you need is perfect fit wrap dress. In order to have a perfectly fitted dress, you often need a pattern to make a wrap dress and also sew a wrap dress right.
But in this sewing tutorial, we learn how to make a wrap dress without a pattern. It’s easy to do, so let’s start sewing!
How To Keep A Wrap Dress Closed
But every single time when I wear my favorite wrap dress, I ALWAYS face the same problem, how to keep a wrap dress closed in the bust area.
Do you experience the same issue with how to keep a wrap dress closed?
- Wear a matching solid color slip or lacey bralette underneath.
- Use tiny little safety pins inside near the top of the dress overlap.
- When laid flat, insert double-sided tape near the top of the dress overlap. this helps to keep a wrap dress closed.
Why Wrap Dresses Are Flattering
Obviously, a wrap dresses comes in a variety of colors, patterns and shapes that look best for all body types. From short sleeve to strappy, midi and maxi wrap dresses, there are wrap dresses for women for every season.
Designer Diane Von Furstenburg created the classic wrap dress with a tie waist in the 70’s. The original iconic wrap dresses featured a V-neckline and an A-line skirt silhouette.
But have you ever wondered why wrap dresses are flattering?
There are a handful of reasons why wrap dress are flattering, mainly because a wrap dress can be a statement piece on its own, without any accessories. But here are a few additional reasons why wrap dresses are flattering:
- First of all, a wrap dress with a tie helps to define the waistline, which gives a slimming effect. In addition, the V-neckline enhances the bust and adds curves around the hips.
- Secondly, The wrap dress style is timeless and perfect for any age. Pick a long sleeve, midi length for more coverage or even wear a sleeveless style with plunging deep v-neckline for a hot summer date night outfit.
- Third, you can also wear a wrap dress for any occasion. You can wear to work or even to a wedding with unique statement jewelry and a stylish pair of heels. According to the occasion, pick a silk or cotton blend fabric.
No wonder a simple wrap dress makes every shape, age and figure so flattering! That is why it’s a statement piece and also why we are going to learn how to make a wrap dress without a pattern.
- 2 Yards Fabric
- Sewing Machine
- Fabric Chalk
- Measuring Tape
- Straight Pins
- For the front pieces of the top bodice, I copied from a simple top. Because there are no shoulder seams on this wrap dress, I subtracted 3” from the shoulder seam to create the new seam line.
- The bottom width is 11½”. I also made 2 front facings that are 3” wide for each front piece.
- For the back piece of the top bodice, I added 2” along the folded line so I can put elastic to give more support on the back.
- For the sleeves, I added 2” along the folded seam so it will have a nice puff sleeve. The opening for the sleeves is 9” and the sleeve is 14” long.
Pro tip: Adjust the sleeve length to your choice, but I chose a ¾” sleeve to give a little bit more coverage.
- To secure this wrap dress, you need 2 tie straps that are 40” x ¾”.
- For the front piece of the skirt bottom, there are 2 pieces that are 19” x 9” and 2 pieces that are 19” x 3⅝”.
- For the back piece of the skirt bottom, there are 1 centerpiece that is 19” x 6½” and 2 pieces of 19” x 3 ⅝”.
- This DIY wrap dress tutorial also requires a three separate pieces of ¼” elastic band:
2 pieces that are 5” long
2 pieces that are 8” long
1 piece that is 13” long
DIY Wrap Dress Sewing
- First, secure and sew a bust dart.
Pro tip: Most wrap dresses don’t have a bust dart. However, I noticed that having a bust dart actually helps to hold the shape better. In addition, it helps reduce the neck opening gap when the dress is in motion.
- Next, we are going to add all elastics on the dress.
Grab a 5” long elastic band, and lay it on the wrong side of the sleeve fabric. Pin it along the top edge starting 2” away from the center of the sleeve.
Sewing tip: If this is your first time sewing elastic, I recommend using pins at each end of the elastic band, and stretch a small amount while you sew.
- Finish the shoulder opening with a zig zag stitch.
- Now, close the underarm sleeve with a straight stitch and then finish with zig zag stitch.
- Overlap the ends of an 8” long elastic band and topstitch to make a circle. Then, slide the ring over the wrong side of the sleeve opening. Stretch the elastic as you sew and then zig zag stitch.
- Double fold both sleeve openings to cover the elastic band and then ¼” topstitch to secure.
- For the back piece of the top bodice, grab a 13” elastic band and lay it on right side of the neckline.
Stretch the elastic as you sew topstitch from one end to the other.
- Next, double fold the elastic band and finish the neckline with topstitch.
- Lay the right sides of the front and back piece on top of each other.
- For the left side of the top bodice, you will zig zag stitch the edges individually and then ½” topstitch to finish until ¾” away from the edge. This is where you are going to slide the tie through when you finish the skirt.
- For the other side of the top bodice, you only topstitch the seams together and finish zig zag stitch.
- Attach both sleeves along the armhole of the bodice with ½” seam allowance.
- To sew the tie straps, fold the straps in half and topstitch with ¼” seam allowance. Use a loop turner to flip the straps inside out.
- To sew the tie straps to the top bodice, lay the facing and front piece right side on top of each other. Sandwich the strap ½” away from the bottom edge of the front piece. Pin to secure and then sew ½” along the curve line. Then, open the facing and edge topstitch.
- Double fold the elastic band along the top of both sleeves and secure with topstitch.
- To assemble the skirt panels, attach both right and left side skirt panel to the center back skirt panel by ½” seam allowance and finish with zig zag stitch.
- Next, attach one side panel to each front skirt panel with ½” seam allowance and finish with zig zag stitch.
Then, connect a front side panel to each side of the back skirt panel with ½” seam allowance and finish with zig zag stitch.
- Complete the skirt by double folding ¼” all around the skirt edge and skirt hemline.
- To finish the wrap dress, lay the right side of the top and the right side of the skirt together. Pin to secure, sew ½” seam allowance and finish with zig zag stitch.
- Lastly, topstitch the straps so that they don’t flip when you wear the dress. Simply tie the straps around the waist and enjoy your new DIY wrap dress!
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