Midi Wrap Dress Sewing Tutorial

Photography by Gabi Wells

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Pink wrap dress made by me (similar dress here and here), Similar Studded Sandals, Straw Bag, Tortoise Frame Sunglasses

Happy Friday! Today I’m excited to team up with Fabric.com to share this really fun wrap dress sewing tutorial. I made this for my 30th birthday party a few weeks ago and I’m so thrilled with how it turned out.

Wrap dresses are huge this season, and they’re such a classic style of dress that will be around forever. They’re super flattering, and it turns out they’re actually pretty easy to make. I’m sharing the step by step instructions below!

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If you don’t know how to sew, check out my online sewing guides! Also I don’t provide printable patterns for any of my tutorials. Use this video to create a pattern from your own clothing.

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 yards fabric (I used this rayon from Fabric.com. You could also use a polyester, linen, or ponte knit. Just make sure your fabric has a nice drape!)
Matching thread

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First, cut your pattern pieces. I don’t provide printable patterns, so use this video tutorial to learn to make your own pattern pieces. You’ll need a BODICE BACK and two BODICE FRONT pieces, plus a SKIRT BACK and two SKIRT FRONT pieces. You’ll also need two SLEEVE pieces, NECKLINE LINING, and two TIES for the waist. The illustration is not to scale. Your ties need to be about 4″ wide each, and as long as you’d like them. My waist ties were about 48 inches long each.

Step 1. Take your two NECKLINE LINING pieces and line them up at the shoulders with right sides of the fabric together. Sew them together with a straight stitch.

Step 2. Now take your BODICE FRONT pieces and BODICE BACK piece and pin them at the shoulders with right sides of the fabric together. Sew them together with a straight stitch.

Step 3. With right sides of the fabric together, attach the NECKLINE LINING to the neckline of the dress with a straight stitch.

Step 4. Time to attach the sleeves. Take one sleeve piece and line up the top of it with the middle of the arm hole, as shown. Pin it together.

Step 5. Now take the rest of the sleeve and pin it down the arm hole on either side. Then sew together with a straight stitch. Repeat for the second sleeve on the other side.

Step 6. With right sides of the bodice together, sew up the sides and sleeves, as shown.

Step 7. Take your SKIRT BACK and SKIRT FRONT pieces and attach them with right sides together on the sides.

Step 8. To create your ties, fold the fabric in half on each side, and then in half again. Sew with a straight stitch to secure, as shown, tucking the raw short ends inside.

Step 9. With right sides together, sew your bodice and skirt together at the waist. Tuck your ties into the seam allowance and secure them in place. Sew a few extra times over the tucked in ties to extra secure them.

Also use a seam ripper and open a small slit in the side seam of the bodice on one side. This will be where your tie feeds through so it can wrap around your waist. Once the slit is opened, sew a rectangle around the slit so it’s secure.

Step 10. Top stitch your neckline to secure the neckline lining, and hem your sleeves and bottom of your dress to your desired length.

And you’re done!

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  1. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    That dress is gorgeous! You did an amazing job!


  2. Natali says:

    You’re looking so charming in this dress, wow, I like it a lot!


  3. Kate Lately says:

    Amazing! You are just the sewing master!!

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  4. Tayci says:

    Oh my goodness. SO easy to explain! You’ve got a gift! I do have a question, If I wanted to make it so it was fully lined or didn’t open in the skirt pieces, how would you recommend I do that? Thanks again for all the great tutorials. I LOVE reading them and “attempting” to sew things up as pretty as you do. 🙂

  5. Terri Kiplinger says:

    Did you sew the pink dress from a knit or a woven? Where did you find the fabric? Thanks.

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