How to Make a Magic Wrap Dress

    by Gabrielle Black

    About the Author

    Gabrielle Black has been a professional writer, artist and designer since 2002. Her theatrical designs, puppet design and construction have been featured in "Theatre Design & Technology" magazine and she has written numerous articles for various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho, both in stage design and painting.


    Creating a magic wrap dress is an easy way to express yourself with this one-of-a-kind wardrobe item. Magic wrap dresses are made of two layers of flowing fabric -- one sheer and one opaque. These dresses are reversible, adding to their versatility. Wrap dresses can be worn in various configurations and tend to be very flattering to a woman's shape. Knowledge of basic sewing skills and previous experience with a sewing machine are recommended for this project.

    Things You'll Need

    • Tape measure
    • Sheer fabric
    • Opaque fabric
    • Sewing scissors
    • Sewing machine
    • Straight pins
    • Ribbon

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    Measure your waist, hips, chest, and desired dress length (from your armpits to mid-thigh or lower) using the tape measure.

    Use the sewing scissors to cut the two layers of fabric to be four inches longer than the desired dress length and up to twice as wide as your chest measurement. The fabric should be wide enough to wrap around your body at least one and a half times.

    Hem the sides and bottoms of each piece of fabric on the sewing machine with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

    Lay the two pieces of fabric on top of each other so that the back sides of the fabric are facing each other. Fold the tops of the fabric down 1/2 inch and pin together. Fold the top down again 3 inches and pin in place. This will create a pocket at the top of the fabric for the wrap tie or ribbon to go through.

    Sew the pocket of the wrap with a seam that is 2 3/4 inches from the top using the sewing machine. Insert ribbon into the pocket. Ribbon should be 2 feet longer than the width of the wrap.

    Find the center of the wrap. Cut a small hole through the pocket and the ribbon inside the pocket at the center point. Sew around the hole to secure the ribbon in place and to prevent the hole from tearing or unraveling. This hole will be used for various wrapping and tying techniques.

    • Iron the seams and pocket to keep them flat and straight during the construction of the wrap.

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