The Easy Wrap Dress Pattern – Elegance At Your Fingertips

easy wrap dress pattern

This easy wrap dress pattern will allow you to be elegant in an effortless manner while giving you a dress that will survive many years.  Those ladies that happen to have gone through the 70s would know this look well.  A whole clothing empire was based on this design and since then all labels have at one point or another have had a wrap dress in their line.  

Before I get any further, allow me to share with you a little anecdote.  

I am walking on a sidewalk in the wonderful town of St. Moritz in Switzerland with a friend. We'd both gotten injured attempting to ski with the crowd we'd been traveling with. My friend grew up in Israel and me in Panama –neither places are known for their culture of skiing..

Our companions were a mix of Swiss, French, Italian, and all sorts of Europeans and Americans who take to the snow like a duck to water.  It was a good and painful lesson on matching your skill with the color of the slopes. 

easy wrap dress pattern

All of a sudden I spot a dress in the window of a very expensive boutique. I felt a jolt of recognition as I saw it and pulled at my friend to go in with me. We step into the boutique and I immediately recognize the clothes, styles, and even the atmosphere around me.

Years ago I'd visited a shop just like this, the designer was all the rage and her clothing lines were very popular. I'd always wanted to work on such an elegant and refined style. But one day the shop had closed and her collections just weren't featured in the magazines anymore. It was a clear lesson that in fashion you're only as good as your last collection.

easy wrap dress pattern

Now, seemingly without warning, she was back — and I could clearly see by the gorgeous dress that caught my eye, that she was as good as ever. I reached out to the dress and flipped over its price tag. Wow. 620 Swiss Francs (about $700) for a cashmere wrap dress. Needless to say, the price was well out of my range. As I was admiring the dress I felt a sharp tap on my shoulder. Turning, I followed the long, jeweled, manicured fingers up to a hawkish, angular face with beautifully done hair. This was of course the designer I'd seen so much of in the magazines.

“May I?” She says, motioning to the rack. I quickly move out of the way and she brushes past. She begins to delicately fiddle with the dress I was admiring, gently pressing out any imaginary folds and brushing off the invisible dust. She was dressed like a princess, with the most notable thing being a giant fur piece about her torso, which she wore despite the indoors being more than warm enough. I waited patiently to the side and looked around at the other pieces. When she'd finished she retreated back to the counter and began to speak in a language I didn't recognize to an assistant further back.

easy wrap dress pattern

When I sense a pause in the conversation I approach the counter, politely introduce myself, and ask her “Can I work for you?”.

She looks me up and down and asks “Well, what can you do?”. I answer that I can illustrate, do pattern making, make a tech pack, grade, and even design. She pauses for a moment before replying with a short, crisp, “No.”. She clears her throat and continues “But I am going to give you a bit of advice you won't find in the books.” She pauses for effect and leans forward. “Never tell a designer that you can design for her.” And with that, she spun around and walked off into the back of the shop. Needless to say, I was quite confused by what she'd meant for some time, only really understanding when I got my first proper fashion industry job in Australia — but I'll leave that story for another day.

The wrap dress is flattering to just about any figure if you know which style can benefit your body type. 

There are many varieties of a wrap dress, the one I am sharing with you is very easy to make yet flattering to curves because it has an A-line skirt, gathers at the bust to accommodate a larger bust, and gathers at the top of the shoulder to make room on your forearms should you require more room to move. 

Sewing Level:  Basic Intermediate

easy wrap dress

Materials

Tools

  • sewing machine
  • serger

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Pattern Layout

How To Download the Easy Wrap Dress Pattern

Please use the latest version of Adobe Reader. It is free and the only program you will need to print this pattern. Use Landscape mode and Actual Size.  Do not scale the pattern.

Download Pattern Here

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Body Measurements

Size S M L XL 2XL
Bust 34-36″ 37-39″ 40-42″ 43-45″ 46-49″
Waist 24-26″ 27-29″ 30-32″ 33-35″ 36-39″
Hips 34-36″ 37-39″ 40-42″ 43-45″ 46-49″
Length 36 3/4″ 37 1/2″ 38 1/4″ 39″ 39 3/4″
Sleeve Length 21″ 21 3/8″ 21 3/4″ 22 1/8″ 22 1/2″

How To Sew Your Easy Wrap Dress

There is no seam allowance on the pattern, I am using a 3/8″. The facings and the ties are not included in the pattern and you will have to make them.

Here are the detail instructions on how to make a facing.

This dress is sewn a bit differently since the front is open and one side is made to drape over the other.

Fold the pleats towards the side seams.

easy wrap dress

An easy wrap dress pattern for stretch knits only to help you restart or reinvent yourself.

This style has been popular since the 1970s and since then every label int he planet have had a version of this dress in their portfolio.  

The wrap dress is the foundation of a fashion empire by one of the most remarkable business woman of the last 50 years.  Once 

easy wrap dress

Place the front of the skirt print facing up.

easy wrap dress

Pin the front of the top to the front of the skirt.

easy wrap dress

Lay the back of the skirt print side up.   

easy wrap dress

Pin the back of the bodice print facing each other.

easy wrap dress

Sew the shoulders.

easy wrap dress

Sew the left side of the dress.

Sew the right side of the dress, leaving a two inch gap at the waist.

easy wrap dress

Serge the seam allowance open four inches above the waist seam and four inches below.

easy wrap dress

easy wrap dress

Serge the side with the seam allowance closed from the armhole to the waist one inch past the serged seam allowance. 

easy wrap dress

Make a stitch line 1/8″ from the edge this will keep the seam allowance open.

easy wrap dress

easy wrap dress

We are going to attach the sleeves. Serge the hem of the sleeves. Then pin and sew the sleeve. Mark the middle of the sleeve, the front and back. You will be gathering the sleeve between this two marks and the centre to align with shoulder seam.

easy wrap dress

easy wrap dress

easy wrap dress

Sew the sleeves then serge the seam allowance.

easy wrap dress

We need to draft the ties, one will be short and one will be long. Use the dimensions below.

easy wrap dress

Sew the ties lengthwise.

easy wrap dress

Serge and trim the seamallowance.

easy wrap dress

Turn the ties inside out and iron.

easy wrap dress

Pin the ties to the waist.

easy wrap dress

As I mentioned before you will have to draft your own facings. Here is mine below.

easy wrap dress

easy wrap dress

Fuse the stretchable interfacing to the fabric first then trace and cut the facing.

easy wrap dress

Sew all the pieces of the facing.

easy wrap dress

Iron the seams open.

easy wrap dress

Joining the seams of the facing with the seams of the dress.

easy wrap dress

The ties should be between the dress and the facing.

easy wrap dress

Sew the facing all around the dress and under stitch the facing.

easy wrap dress

easy wrap dress

Trim the facing.

easy wrap dress

Serge the facing.

easy wrap dress

Turn the facing, iron and pin the facing. We will be making the hem before stitching the facing down.

Turn the hem 3/8″ then turn in the facing. Sew the hem.

Stitch down the facing at 7/8″ and sew the facing all around the dress.

easy wrap dress

And thats all.

I hope your project turned out well and please leave your thoughts in the comments below. For a small video of the dress please visit our Instagram account.

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Until Next Time, Happy Sewing!


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Kat
Kat

I do not have a serger. (I remeber when the wrap dress was everywhere.) I have not sewn with knits before, but would really like to try to make this dress. Any tips and suggestions?

Mary Reigel
Mary Reigel

Of course any time I see a wrap dress I think of Diane von Furstenburg. Thank you so much for providing this pattern and instructions! <3

STEPHANIE
STEPHANIE

Hi thanks for the pattern! Have you offered A0 format?

Anna Marrelli

Love the pattern. I made 2 dresses for my brothers wedding, one for myself & one for my sister, that were wraparound in a silk material. They were easy to make.

Judy Lenton
Judy Lenton

Wrap dresses are my favourite kind of frock. I have three DVF dresses (loved your story!) and probably a dozen I’ve made myself, out of all types of fabric, not just knits. My base pattern was a 1970s Vogue (I think) that I have tweaked for my perfect fit. Thank you for the great tip for making the slit for the tie opening. Even though I have made so many of these frocks the placement of the slit in that technique never occurred to me!

Robin
Robin

This would be lovely in Liverpool!! My favorite knit fabric!

pamela
pamela

The wrap dress is so great. Depending on the fabric you select, it can be flirty and springy, or elegant and timeless. I love them.

Nicole Kridler
Nicole Kridler

I love thithis dress, its so simple and elegant. But I only see measurements for small and medium. Are ghere other sizes in the patterns as well or no? I am between an 18/20. Thank you.

STEPHANIE SHAW
STEPHANIE SHAW

Hello, do you share A0 PDF file? Or could you?

Royce Hettler
Royce Hettler

Very interesting, & very true! Thanks for sharing!

Marcia. Goggin
Marcia. Goggin

Hi thank you so much for your wonderful patterns! I see that stretch velvet can be substituted. How about a nice jersey knit? No the double knit you recommend but here’s hoping…..
Marcia

Marcia E. Goggin
Marcia E. Goggin
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

thank you for your reply

Elsie
Elsie

Thank you for the pattern I am looking forward to making one. I am of the generation that remembers that much of the patterns for the next season are old but new again, Fun to revisit with updated fabrics. I loved your story and the quote from Rede B

Walshevak
Walshevak

Can any other fabric be substituted for a double knit? Like a stretch velvet

Rita Adler-Everett
Rita Adler-Everett

I’ve downloaded several of your patterns without problems. However, this one doesn’t want to come together. If I line up the gray squares in the corner, the pattern lines don’t line up. If I line up the pattern lines, then the paper is out of line. And this pattern has pattern lines all the way to the edge of some of the paper pieces. Does this pattern overlap? Or do I place the paper sheets evenly next to each other? Have to say, this one is a bit frustrating.

alice
alice
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Interesting story about that designer.

Love the design of your dress and would like to make it. I’m a size 3X. Do you have plans to make the pattern available in Plus Sizes?

Rita Adler-Everett
Rita Adler-Everett
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank you for the help Mayra! I started over and re-taped everything. There were still inconsistencies with it lining up, but I matched as close as possible. Yes, I use Adobe, Actual Size and did not scale. I’m hoping to cut the fabric and sew the dress in the morning. I’ve used your patterns before and the garments came out fine. I’m looking forward to the end result. Happy New Year to you as well and I look forward to your posts and patterns!

Royce Hettler
Royce Hettler

I, too, remember Diane von Furstenburg, who, as I recall, really was a princess. I loved her clothes. The wrap dresses were everywhere, patterns were available. However, I don’t recall her ever really going away. She’d made her way, & no longer needed to advertise. She had her customers that could afford the real thing, & she had the income from the pattern companies that made them. I believe it was Vogue. If I dig in my stash, I could probably find some. They are timeless pieces she designed. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I’ve lost 85# & I need some clothes that fit. This will be a good start. I have the perfect black jersey with silver dots in an all over flower design. I’ve been looking for just the right thing to use it. Looking forward to your Australia stories. You are an interesting, generous & talented person. It’s a joy to read your commentary. Keep up the good work & stay safe.

Rede Batcheller
Rede Batcheller

I have a second hand story for you. In Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast he wrote one of the truest things I’ve ever read. The gist of it, as I recall, is that once upon a time folks got strong enough climbing up what they wanted to ski down. So I go look up the quote, and it’s lots more complicated than that. “Nobody climbs on skis now and almost everybody breaks their legs but maybe it is easier in the end to break your legs than to break your heart although they say that everything breaks now and that sometimes, afterwards, many are stronger at the broken places.” Thanks for your great patterns..

Katherine Culver
Katherine Culver
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Do you have larger sizes? I’m a 14-16.

Mary Louise Werstein
Mary Louise Werstein

Thank you so much! I loved the story about the designer.