How to Sew a Beautiful Wrap Dress Using a Simple Pattern

8 Materials
5 Hours

For this project, I made up the wrap version of the Betty dress pattern. This is a simple, beginner DIY wrap dress pattern.

In this post, I'll show you how to make the bodice for this flowy maxi dress and how to sew a wrap dress closed.

To see how I put together the rest of the dress, check out my video How To Sew A Boho Tiered Midi Dress.

Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Wrap Betty Dress pattern 
  • 3.5 yards of fabric, 54" wide
  • Paper for pattern
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger (optional)
Cutting out the fabric

1. Cut out fabric

Print out the pattern, tape it together and cut out each piece. Pin them to your fabric as directed in the pattern and cut around them.

Leave the pattern pieces pinned to the fabric until you're ready to use that section.

Back bodice

2. Back bodice

Unpin the front and back bodice pieces. With right sides together, sew the center back seam taking a half inch seam allowance. 

I finish all my edges with a serger. You can sew with a zigzag stitch on a regular sewing machine, make a French seam or use pinking shears. 

Press the seam to one side.

Joining shoulders

3. Join shoulders

Pin the front pieces to the back at the shoulders, with right sides together and matching the notches.

Sew the seams, finish the edges and press the seams to one side.


4. Stay stitch

Stitch around the entire neckline at 1/4 inch from the edge to prevent stretching.

Joining neck binding

5. Join neck binding

Unpin the two neck bindings. With the right sides together, sew them along one short edge to make one continuous strip. Snip off the excess fabric at each side.

Attaching neck binding

6. Attach neck binding

With right sides together, pin the seam on the neck binding to the center back seam of the bodice.

Continue to pin the binding around the back and front neckline.

Sew the binding to the neckline taking 1/4 inch seam allowance, stretching the binding gently as you sew.

Finishing binding

7. Finish binding

Press the seam away from the bodice. Press the raw edge of the binding in towards the seam at 1/4 inch, so the edges touch.

Cut off any excess binding at the lower edges.

Finishing binding

Fold the binding along the seam line to the inside of the bodice and pin it in place. 

Finishing binding

Sew along the inner edge on the wrong side, encasing the seams.

Wrap front

8. Wrap front

Match the center front notches together at the top and bottom.

Baste them together at the bottom so they don't move around when you attach the skirt.

Flowy maxi dress

Flowy maxi dress

DIY wrap dress pattern: How to sew a wrap dress

This is such a versatile version of the Betty Dress. It's perfect for nursing, if you're in that season of your life.

I made mine up in a linen stripe that flows beautifully but it works in so many different fabrics and always looks good.

I hope you love this flowy dress pattern. please let me know how you get on with it in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Wrap Betty Dress pattern
  • 3.5 yards of fabric, 54" wide
  • Paper for pattern
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