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.
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.
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.
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
- 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 yards of double knit fabric
- jersey ballpoint needle 80/12
- thread to match
- 1 yard of stretchable fusible interfacing
- sewing machine
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How To Download the Easy Wrap Dress Pattern
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|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.
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Place the front of the skirt print facing up.
Pin the front of the top to the front of the skirt.
Lay the back of the skirt print side up.
Pin the back of the bodice print facing each other.
Sew the shoulders.
Sew the left side of the dress.
Sew the right side of the dress, leaving a two inch gap at the waist.
Serge the seam allowance open four inches above the waist seam and four inches below.
Serge the side with the seam allowance closed from the armhole to the waist one inch past the serged seam allowance.
Make a stitch line 1/8″ from the edge this will keep the seam allowance open.
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.
Sew the sleeves then serge the seam allowance.
We need to draft the ties, one will be short and one will be long. Use the dimensions below.
Sew the ties lengthwise.
Serge and trim the seamallowance.
Turn the ties inside out and iron.
Pin the ties to the waist.
As I mentioned before you will have to draft your own facings. Here is mine below.
Fuse the stretchable interfacing to the fabric first then trace and cut the facing.
Sew all the pieces of the facing.
Iron the seams open.
Joining the seams of the facing with the seams of the dress.
The ties should be between the dress and the facing.
Sew the facing all around the dress and under stitch the facing.
Trim the facing.
Serge the facing.
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.
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.
Until Next Time, Happy Sewing!