How to Make a No-Sew Circle Dress

by The SILEM
4 Materials
20 Minutes

When people hear the words' no-sew dress', they might think that means that the dress won't look very nice. But they are wrong! I'm going to show you how to make a super easy dress that doesn't compromise on style one iota. It is really fashionable, and you'll be amazed when you see the finished product!

For this dress, I am using scuba fabric. Scuba fabric is a solid fabric, meaning that there is no clear distinction between the right and wrong sides. It is also a self-finished fabric, meaning that it doesn't fray.

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric (2.5 yards)
  • Chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
DIY circle dress

1st fold

You’re going to start by making the first (of many) folds. Take the top-left edge and bring it down to the bottom of the fabric. Make sure that everything is nice and smooth.

No-sew circle dress

Cut off excess

Now cut off the excess fabric that is not included in the fold. This will leave you with a right-angle triangle. 

DIY no-sew circle dress

2nd fold

Now you need to fold that right-angle triangle to make it into an equilateral triangle. 

Easy circle dress

3rd fold

After that, you need to fold it again to give you another right angle triangle. 

Simple circle dress

4th fold

Fold the material again - this is the very last fold.

Basic circle dress

Cut a curve

Now you need to cut a curve at the bottom of the fabric. I placed a water bottle on my fabric to keep it in place while I'm cutting and stop it from moving around. Because the fabric is thick, you might not be able to cut through the many layers of it with your scissors. If this is the case, then just cut through it layer by layer. (I recommend using thick, strong scissors, though, as they will make this step easier for you).

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Measure and cut the neck-hole

Next up, you're going to measure and cut the neck-hole. Start by unfolding the material to give you half of a semi-circle. Measure a semi-circle of 2.5 inches which will be your neck-hole, and cut it out. (If you would like your neck-hole to be bigger, you could go for 3 or 3.5 inches).

How to make a circle dress

Measure and cut the armholes

From that neck measurement, mark 2.5 inches which is where your shoulder is going to lie, and then from that 2.5 mark, proceed to mark 5.5 inches which is the length of your armhole. For the width of your armhole, measure 1.5 inches (remember your fabric is folded in half, so when you open it up, the width will be 3 inches). It is important to work with your own measurements here. My arm circumference is 12 inches, so if your arms measure the same or similar, then you can go with the measurements I've used. If your arms measure bigger, then you will want to make the armhole slightly bigger.

Finish by simply opening up the dress and popping it on!

circle dress tutorial

“Wow” is all I can say. Would you believe that a no-sew dress that is so easy to make would produce such a stunning result? This dress looks so chic and so classy. As you can see, I've styled it with some heels, patterned tights, and a belt, and I could easily wear this outfit to a party. 

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric
  • Chalk
  • Measuring tape
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