Posts Tagged ‘wrap dress’

Jan. 2012 11

Winter Wrap Dress

So my Dita Von Teese inspired wrap dress was such a success for the summer, I’ve decided to go a winter version. This is a traditional style wrap dress, it actually ties closed, unlike the other one which was a faux wrap. I honestly have no idea how long this took because I worked on it in like 15 or 30 minutes chunks when I had the time.


To start out I found this amazing knit at G Street for $3/yard. With my Living Social deal my purchase was ½ off ($25 for $50), so it was basically $1.50/yard. It’s a panel- print knit called “Bunny” and it has a pretty good weight to it; almost like a light sweater. I needed 3.5 yards because of the panel. So I made this dress for $5.25 + a closure. Pretty darn good.


****Before I go on I want to make a note: Even though we are working with a knit, I don’t recommend using elastic thread. It will bunch/ruffle the fabric and we want smooth seams. So instead use a small zig-zag. *****Oh and all seams are 0.5”*****


Here are the measurements you’ll need:



1. Cut two (opposite of each other) as follows:

2. For the upper back, cut 1:


3. For the skirt panels, cut 3:


4. The ties: cut 4


5. Sew ties together, turn right-side out, top stitch. Now you’ll have to strips

6. Assemble the panels, attach the skirt to the top, pleating in the excess in the skirt.


7. Sew Front panels to back panel at shoulder.

8. Trace arm hole, add seam allowance. Cut two as follows:


9. Sew front right panel to back panel along side seam.

10. Pin one tie strap in place on back panel at left side seam. Then sew together back panel, tie strap and front left panel along seam.

11.  Pin sleeve to dress, sew

12. Finish the neckline/side seams by rolling the edge

13. Hem the bottom

14. Attach the second tie strap to the outer edge of the right front panel

15. Attach hooks on the outer left panel and on the side seam which attaches the right front panel to the back panel. This is so when you put the dress on the left panel will stay secured with the hooks and the right panel is tied in place.

And that’s it!

Jun. 2011 15

Dita Von Teese’s Wrap Dress



Order_of_EarthHey, thanks for checking out my Wrap Dress tutorial! It’s by far my most visited post. I hope it helps you and you enjoy your awesome dress. I still do three years later. While you are here, I would be very grateful if you checked out my debut novel Order of Earth, available on Amazon:

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:

4. And the back:

5. Cut sleeves (if desired):

6. Gather shoulders on all pieces (inner, outer, and back) until they match your shoulder seam +1″ (for seam allowance)

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)

Repeat for outer layer

8. Roll the edges to finish. This will include your hem9. Use chalk to mark your waistline all the way around the dress. Using elastic thread in your bobbin, sew long this line all the way around.

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!

My attempt at styling like Dita Pin It