Well this post totally got past me and I guess better late than never? So here is my tutorial for a ruffled polka-dot wrap dress! A super popular and flattering silhouette, you can’t go wrong with a wrap dress. It cinches you in in all the right places and it is the perfect go-to for any occasion! I created this wrap dress earlier in the summer, you may have seen a few of my Instagram posts in the past featuring this dress but alas, the amazing weather of the summer had me out and about and not in front of a computer screen very often.

I’ve been dying to share this project with you guys since the wrap trend was quite the hit this summer but with such a timeless and flattering shape, I’m sure it will still be a popular shape for many seasons to come! Honestly, it’s a pretty forgiving project as a wrap dress is easily adjustable once it is worn, so don’t be afraid to attempt this DIY! I’m sure you guys will want to create your own in a multitude of patterns and colours, I would honestly love a skirt version of this dress (future project maybe?). You can peek some of the other dresses I was inspired by in my summer moodboard posts here! But no doubt this style will be here to stay and you can definitely make some variations on this wrap style for the fall!

The creation of the wrap dress was definitely a longer process than some of my other DIYs but the results are well worth it! I’ve already worn this dress multiple times this summer and I can’t wait to wear it some more! I’m thinking of pairing it with some thigh high boots for fall… how would you style it? Read on to get the full details on the DIY wrap dress!

TIME | 4-6hr

COST | $$

DIFFICULTY | moderate

What you’ll need
  • fabric – I used a rayon blend
  • lining material (optional)
  • sewing machine

Pattern is created based on my body measurements: I’m usually an XS, 0. Height: 5, 3″. You can download a copy of it from here.

Main body:
  1. Sew the darts on the back of the skirt, back top pieces and the front top pieces
  2. Press and iron the darts flat, inwards on the back pieces and downwards on the top pieces
  3. Sew the middle seam of the two back top pieces
  4. Line up the top back portion of the dress to the waist of the back skirt of the dress, darts should be aligned, and sew across creating a waist seam
  5. Attach the upper front top portions to the corresponding front skirt pieces and sew
  6. Sew the shoulder seams of the front and back pieces together
  7. Iron and press seams open
  1. Attach the open circles together so it becomes one long ruffle
  2. Iron and press all seams open
  3. Use the roll hem foot on the sewing machine to hem the outer edge of the ruffle
  4. Iron and press the rolled hem
  5. *Optional* to hem or use a serger on the inner side of the circle to keep the inner edge of the ruffle clean and from unraveling. You can also do a loose stitch to temporarily hold the edge.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for the ruffle sleeves
  1. Attach the sleeves to the dress, start by pinning the middle of the sleeve ruffle matching up with the shoulder seam
  2. Next are the side seams of the dress, leaving one side with a small un-sewn section near the waistline so that a strap can be fed through for the wrap style
  3. *Optional* to include the lining pieces by sewing them to the neckline to create a clean edge; sew and flip, press a line on the lining piece so that it folds over nicely. Another option, fold twice and hem the neckline like normal if you don’t want to do this step or are lacking in fabric.
  4. Attach the ruffled hem to the bottom of the dress with a straight stitch, press the seam up and stitch to the main skirt section a holding line for a cleaner look
  5. Create straps with long strips of fabric (your choice in how you create these, the end strap width should be around 1/4″ to 3/16″
  6. Sew on the straps to the front pieces at the waist points to finish!

As always, if you happen to recreate these please share and use the hashtag #DECONSTRUT so I can see all your creations! Happy DIY-ing!

Photos by JP

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  1. I love this dress so so much! It’s so chic and I really want to replicate it for this summer. How much fabric did you buy for this? Thanks!

  2. How do I calculate the pattern you provided. It we are similar in size and I really want to use it I just don’t know the measurements because when I tried to calculate it, it wasn’t accurate

    1. The pattern I created is just a rough guideline, I don’t have professional knowledge of pattern making so it’s just based off of self drafted pieces. The tiny red square is an indicator of how large the file should be printed at where that square is equal to that 1:1 measurement. I hope that helps!

      1. On the diagram it shows a back lining Piece and the front A&B lining piece’s but where do they attach to the dress as it isn’t clear. Thankyou

        1. Hi Anu, the pattern pieces are laid out as if the dress was unwrapped, and you’re looking down at it. The lining pieces would go inside, they attach on the neckline. Hope that helps a bit!

    1. Hi Laura!

      I used a yard and a half but I think it depends on how wide your fabric is. I would recommend 2 yards if you’re unsure! The fabric I used was non-stretch polyester. Hope that helps!


    1. I don’t have set measurements but in the pattern there should be a red square for reference for general scaling. Hope that helps!

    1. Yes! I left a 3/4in gap on the one side. You can also seam rip a hole after but make sure to re-stitch around the opening to reinforce it!

  3. this might be a bit confusing but i’m also an XS and i just wanted to know how i’m supposed to use the pattern that you gave if it has no measurements, i’m a not so advanced and this is all about confusing to me but in what way am i supposed to use the pattern and how will it help if it is not to scale when i print it out.

    1. Hi Martha!

      It’s not a perfect pattern so I don’t provide exact measurements. The shapes are guidelines and to print it to scale there should be a red box that has measurements on it that you can reference. Just select do not scale when printing and select the tiling option. Thanks!

  4. hey! is there a way i can print this on my home printer? i don’t have paper that large, but really want to make that dress! is there a version of it that separates the pattern pieces onto printer paper sized pieces?

  5. Hi Charlotte, I’m a medium size, how much should I enlarge the pattern? I’ve seen you have a scale on the pattern sheet but I think I’ll need to make it a little bigger. Was there a reference point you used when you made the pattern – should the bottom of the back piece line up with my waist or is there something else I can use to figure out the right measurements? I’m a bit of a beginner when it comes to making my own patterns, so thanks for your help in advance!

    1. I used a dress from my closet as a base, you could try to recreate similar pieces using measurements from something in your closet! I don’t have much experience in pattern making so this is all just self created references that are provided on this platform. Thanks!

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