Dita Von Teese’s Wrap Dress
Well, technically it isn’t her’s as in she didn’t design it. But man, she is owning it. I think wrap dresses are more summer than sundresses. They are the picture of easy dressing and care free style. Although I love the sundress, I think anything that requires a strapless bra looses major points in the easy-to-wear category. The only downside to wrap dress is the inevitable unwrapping. The tie almost always comes loose at some point, and then it’s a wardrobe malfunction in the making. So when I decided to tackle the classic wrap dress, I went for the fake-out route. That’s right, it’s a faux wrap dress. I meant to take pics during the making of this, but the battery was dead on the camera and I didn’t feel like waiting. But anyways, here’s the tutorial:
****If you need help making these shapes, I recommend using a T-shirt you like and adjusting the measurements to match the drawings below*******
1. Find your fabric; I highly recommend cotton-Jersey because it’ll be the most flow-y/breathable dress. I ended up using right at 2 yards of fabric.
2. Since this is a faux dress, one side will always be under the other. We are calling that the inner layer. Cut as follows:
For “Waist” in each drawing, measure your natural waist around and divide by 2. So each panel “waist” will be 1/2 your waist measurement.
Your shoulder seam is measured from the base of your neck to directly over your arm pit.
3. The layer which will be on top of the inner layer is the outer later. Cut as follows:
7. Sew front and back sections together at the shoulder and side seam. If you want sleeve, add here prior to doing side seam (see this tutorial steps 12-15)
10. Now we are going to close the dress but securing each side. First, sew the edge of the OUTER layer to the opposite side. Then repeat with the inner. You should sew from the arm-pit to about 1″ below the waist. In the below image, I left out one side so hopefully it’s a little more clear. Now all you need to do is make a sash and you’re done!Pin It