How To Make A Wrap Dress With Free Pattern

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We have a fun and flowy project for you! Today on Happiest Camper, we are going to show you How To Make A Wrap Dress With Free Pattern! Wrap yourself in this easy flowy dress that is comfortable enough to wear all day long. It ties around your waist allowing you to determine your level of comfort. And let me tell you, there is something so encouraging about wearing clothing that fits. When my sewing friend, Debbie, showed me this new sewing pattern, I knew I had to make it. You can make this in a few hours or less depending on your skill level. The sewing tutorial includes a free pattern. As you can see from the layout below, this pattern is rather large due to the amount of fabric you are using for this wrap dress. Take your time and you shouldn’t have any issues. I love how cute this dress looks! If you loved our wrap skirt, you’ll love this dress. It makes a great addition to your DIY wardrobe. You can make it out of some cute pattern fabric like I did or make it in your favorite color.

wrap dress top photo

The wrap design makes this dress unique and if you’re like me, it will quickly become one of your favorites. It is perfect for warm weather or you can wear it with leggings when it gets cooler. Gather your supplies from the list below and let’s get started!

How To Make A Wrap Dress With Free Pattern

What You’ll Need:

wrap dress supplies

Size Chart

Imperial (inches)SmallMediumLarge
Chest343638
Waist283032
Hip384042

  This pattern is drafted for a height of 5’ 4”- 5” 5” so you may need to lengthen or shorten the pattern if required.  If you need to adjust the pattern, be sure to check our post on Pattern Grading – How to Scale a Pattern Up and Down!

Printing Instructions

This wrap dress pattern has layers so that you can choose to print only the size you need. To achieve this Adobe Reader must be installed on your machine or device. Adobe Reader allows you to click on the layers icon which will show you each size with an eyeball beside it. Click on the eyeball beside the size you do not want to print.

Before printing check that your printer is set to No scaling or Actual size. Set the Page orientation to Auto or Portrait. And then print page 1. Measure the 2” test square to see if it measures exactly 2”.  If it does, print the remaining pages.

Trimming Pages

Cut off the right and top margins of each printed page before assembling the pattern. You can use tape or school glue to adhere your paper pattern together.

Pattern Assembly

After the pages have been printed and trimmed as instructed above, use the quarter circles located at the corner of each page for perfect alignment.  When done your pattern should look like this:

wrap dress pattern

Pattern Pieces Checklist

  • Front Bodice – Cut 2 mirrored
  • Back Bodice – Cut 1 on Fold
  • Sleeve – Cut 2 
  • Skirt Front – Cut 2 Mirrored
  • Skirt Back – Cut 1 on Fold
  • Front Facing – Cut 2 mirrored
  • Back/ Neck Facing – Cut 1 on fold
  • Waist Ties – Cut 2 

Seam Allowance

Use a 3/8” seam allowance unless otherwise instructed.

How To Make A Wrap Dress With Free Pattern

use pattern to cut out fabric for wrap dress

Start this how to make a wrap dress with free pattern sewing tutorial by washing, drying, and pressing your fabric. This helps preshrink your fabric and prepares it for washing later so that your stitches don’t pull out or fray the first time you wash it. Plus, it helps make the fabric super soft, and pressing it makes it easier to get nice clean cuts. Once you have done this, use your pattern to cut out your fabric pieces according to the cut list above.

pin bodice together at shoulders

Pin the shoulder of the front bodice to the shoulder of the back bodice.

sew wrap dress bodice at shoulder seams

Sew them at the shoulder seams using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

pin back facing to front facing

Next we will work on the facing. Take your pieces and pin the back/neck facing to the front-facing.

sew them together

Sew them together using the same 3/8″ seam allowance.

fold waist tie in half

Next on this how to make a wrap dress with free pattern sewing tutorial, we will work on the waist ties. Fold the waist ties in half right sides together.

sew down ties for wrap dress

Sew down the long sides.

turn wrap dress tie right side out and sew short ends

Now, turn the tie right sides out and fold one of the short ends inwards to conceal the raw edges. Topstitch around the entire tie. Repeat the above steps for the other tie. 

pin ties to bodice of wrap dress

Pin the ties to the bodice right sides together. The ties should be pinned ½” from the bodice hem. 

pin facing to bodice

Place the facing on top of the bodice, sandwiching the straps. Ensure the shoulder seam of the bodice and the seam of the facing line up to each other. 

sew facing to bodice

Sew the facing to the bodice, ensuring to catch the straps in the stitching. Finish the raw edges of the facing if desired.

clip curved area of wrap dress bodice

Clip the curved areas along the neckline. 

turn facing wrong side out and topstitch

Next on this how to make a wrap dress with free pattern sewing tutorial, turn the facing to the wrong side of the bodice and press. Topstitch the facing in place if desired.

pin sleeves to shoulder

Pin the center of the sleeve to the shoulder seam. Next, pin the ends of the sleeve to each end of the armhole. Continue pinning towards the shoulder seam. There will be extra fabric from the sleeves, use the extra fabric to form small pleats in the top of the shoulder.

sew sleeve to wrap dress bodice

Sew the sleeve into the armhole using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

fold bodice of wrap dress right sides together

Now on this how to make a wrap dress with free pattern sewing tutorial, fold the bodice right sides together. Measure up ½” from the bottom of the bodice and place a pin. Then measure up 2” more and mark. Continue pinning the side seam of the bodice and the sleeve. 

sew side seam of bodice

Sew the side seam leaving the 2” section you marked unsewn.

sew bodice of wrap dress

Press the seam allowance of the opening apart and sew around the edges to secure the opening. Once you’re done, sew the other side of the bodice only this time do not leave an opening. 

sew skirt piece of wrap dress at side seams

Sew the skirt front and back at the side seams. Finish the raw edges if desired.

fold wrap dress skirt piece raw edges

Now on this how to make a wrap dress with free pattern sewing tutorial, you should now have one long skirt piece. Fold the skirt raw edges 1/2 inch and another ½ inch.

hem dress skirt by 1/2 inch

Hem the skirt by folding 1/2 inch and another ½ inch and sew. 

pin the wrap dress pieces together

Pin the bodice and the skirt right sides together.

sew skirt piece to bodice piece

Sew the skirt to the bodice using the same 3/8″ seam allowance.

hem sleeves of wrap dress

Hem the sleeves by folding 1/2 inch and another ½ inch and sew.

finished wrap dress with free pattern

And that’s it! Now you know how to make a wrap dress with free pattern! We hope you enjoyed this fun sewing tutorial. Be sure to let us know in the comments what you think about this dress. We love bringing you fun and creative sewing projects and this wrap dress is no exception!

How To Sew A Wrap Dress

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How To Make A Wrap Dress With Free Pattern

Wrap Dress Create Card

Make your own super cute dress! If you liked our wrap skirt, you'll love this dress!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Difficulty Moderate
Estimated Cost $20.00

Instructions

  1. Print the free pattern. Use it to cut out your fabric pieces.
  2. Pin the shoulder of the front bodice to the shoulder of the back bodice and sew.
  3. Pin the back/neck facing to the front-facing and sew. 
  4. Fold the waist ties in half right sides together and sew the long end.
  5. Turn right sides out and fold one of the short ends inwards to conceal the raw edges.
  6. Topstitch around the entire tie.
  7. Repeat for the other tie. 
  8. Pin the ties to the bodice right sides together. The ties should be pinned ½” from the bodice hem. 
  9. Place the facing on top of the bodice, sandwiching the straps. Ensure the shoulder seam of the bodice and the seam of the facing line up to each other. 
  10. Sew the facing to the bodice, ensuring to catch the straps in the stitching. 
  11. Finish the raw edges of the facing if desired.
  12. Clip the curved areas along the neckline. 
  13. Turn the facing to the wrong side of the bodice and press. 
  14. Topstitch the facing in place if desired.
  15. Pin the center of the sleeve to the shoulder seam.
  16. Next, pin the ends of the sleeve to each end of the armhole. Continue pinning towards the shoulder seam. There will be extra fabric from the sleeves, use the extra fabric to form small pleats in the top of the shoulder.
  17. Sew the sleeve into the armhole. 
  18. Fold the bodice right sides together.
  19. Measure up ½” from the bottom of the bodice and place a pin. Then measure up 2” more and mark. Continue pinning the side seam of the bodice and the sleeve. 
  20. Sew the side seam leaving the 2” section you marked unsewn.
  21. Press the seam allowance of the opening apart and sew around the edges to secure the opening. 
  22. Sew the other side of the bodice only this time do not leave an opening. 
  23. Sew the skirt front and back at the side seams. Finish the raw edges if desired.
  24. You should now have one long skirt piece. Fold the skirt raw edges 1/2 inch and another ½ inch.
  25. Hem the skirt by folding 1/2 inch and another ½ inch and sew. 
  26. Pin the bodice and the skirt right sides together.
  27. Sew the skirt to the bodice. 
  28. Hem the sleeves by folding 1/2 inch and another ½ inch and sew.
  29. Enjoy your wrap dress!

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