Make a Classy DIY Circle Dress- No Pattern Needed!

6 materials
3 Hours

Circle dresses look lovely but can sometimes be boring thanks to the curtain-like shape it gives off. So, I am going to be sprucing up this DIY circle dress with cold shoulders. This will give the dress a sophisticated edge, making you stand out from the crowd. I will show you how to sew a circle dress in a few steps. Grab your fabric of choice, and let me guide you on this super-friendly tutorial.

Tools and materials:

  • 60-inch wide fabric
  • Loose fitting top as a guide
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
Cold shoulder circle dress

Make the pattern

From the corner, fold your fabric in half. Make sure the corners meet each other.

DIY circle dress no pattern

Take a loose-fitting shirt, fold it, and place it at the highest part of the triangle at the folded edge.

Take your time positioning the top carefully.

Circle dress sewing

Then cut around the shoulder part and neckline. Add extra for seam allowance.

Easy circle dress

Then, reposition the armhole to the adjacent side of the fabric, as shown. Carefully cut out the armhole. You now have the front bodice pattern.

Sew a circle dress

Next, pin the sides in place so that you can cut the hem of the dress. Ensure that the fabric is level. Measure your desired length of the dress and cut accordingly. Repeat this process so that you have two bodice pieces for the front and back of the dress.


If your fabric is slippery, use some weights to keep the fabric in place.

How to sew a circle dress

Alter the bodice pieces

The front bodice needs a little modifying to the armhole, extending it by 2 inches. Draw a curve into the armhole and cut, carefully. Take your time!

Extend the neckline

Extend down the neckline by another 2 inches, and cut.

Extend back bodice’s neckline

For the back bodice, extend the neckline by about 2 inches, and cut.

Make the sleeves

Make the sleeves and measure the elastic

For the sleeves, take two fabric pieces, fold each, and measure so that each piece measures 13 x 18 Inches. Take your top and position your armhole on the non-folded edge. Position the top just above the halfway point of the armhole curve, and cut away about 2-3 inches.

Pin and cut

Place the fabric you just cut and place it on top of the other piece. Pin in place and cut accordingly. Now you have your two sleeve pattern pieces.

Measure the elastic

Cut two elastics, measuring half of the circumference of your upper arm.

Sew the shoulder seams

Pin and sew the shoulder seams

Open up the pattern pieces and lay both the front and back, right sides facing. Next, pin the shoulder sections and stitch them together.

Hem the armhole

Hem the armhole curve

Hem the armhole curve of the dress. Do this slowly so that it is accurate and repeat on both sides.

Stitch both sides

Stitch the sides

Next, stitch the sides of the dress together. Making sure the right sides are together.

Make a sleeve casing

Create a sleeve casing for the elastic

To insert the elastic through, create a casing on the sleeves. Measure and fold your desired width at the top of the sleeve and pin it down.

Stitch the casing

Next, stitch the fold in place.

Make another casing

Now create another tunnel for the lower part of the sleeve, pin, and sew in place. Your sleeve should look like this.

Insert both elastics

Insert your previously measured elastic through the casing positioned at the top part. Use a safety pin to guide you. Stitch the ends in place.

Measure arm’s circumference

Measure your top arm's circumference and cut out two elastics for the lower part of the sleeve. Feed the elastic through the lower casing and stitch in place.

Stitch side sleeves together

Stitch the sleeve’s sides

Fold the sleeve and stitch the side seams. You should now have your complete sleeve. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the other sleeve.

Attach the sleeves

Attach the sleeve to the side of the dress

Match your lower armhole seam and the sleeves and pin in place. Next, pin the rest of the sleeve in place.

Sitch in position and repeat the same process for the other side.

Add a neckline

Finish the neckline

Cut a one-inch strip and position it over your neckline. Pin right sides together over the neckline and stitch as close to the edge of the neckline as possible.

Fold twice and hem

Once you are done, fold the strip twice and stitch again with a topstitch, all the way around.

Next, hem the dress to complete it.

Elegant DIY circle dress

Here’s the result. Flowy, feminine, and elegant. I love it so much, and I hope you do, too. This was super easy to do, and I love that you don’t need a pattern to pull off this easy circle dress look.

Suggested materials:

  • Fabric
  • Loose fitting top
  • Pins
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