Introduction: How to Make This Wrap Maxi Dress

The most downloaded free sewing pattern from So Sew Easy is the Wrap Dress. So when I wanted to sew a tropical maxi dress, this pattern immediately sprung to mind. Sometimes you just don’t need to mess with a good thing! I bought this amazing ITY knit in a tropical print and it’s just perfect for island life. But I wanted to make just a few changes to the original pattern:

  • Maxi dress rather than knee length
  • Enough room to walk properly in the longer length skirt
  • Loose flutter sleeves

We looked before at skirts when we made the Perfect Maxi Skirt. If you take a straight skirt which is hip width and then simply extend it down to the floor, you won’t be able to walk properly, you’ll only be able to move your legs as wide as your hips. This works OK in a knee length skirt but not in a maxi.

At the same time, we don’t necessarily want to add a lot of volume to the skirt all over so there is more fabric at waist and hip to be gathered in. So I used the same idea on the Perfect Maxi Skirt to extend and increase the flare slightly on the Wrap Dress skirt. I also made sure to use the whole width of my fabric too.

I changed the shape of the sleeves to give them a looser more summery look too. Both are very simple changes you can make to this, or any pattern, to change up the look. I’ll show you how to do these simple pattern hacks in the video here.


The video below covers the two different pattern hacks to convert the wrap dress into a maxi with flutter sleeves, and also has the full sewing step by step too. So if you’ve not yet made the original wrap dress, there are some pointers here that might be useful. It’s a very quick and easy to sew dress, has optional elastic at the waist and I’ll be wearing mine everywhere!

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If you want to see the step by step sewing instructions in word and picture format, these are included in the pattern download and are also in the original article about the wrap dress.

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Fancylooks made it!(author)2015-11-26

This is extremely beautiful, is totally my style! I have to get time and some fabric to make one for myself

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Anne+Hill made it!(author)2015-11-24

Great video Deby☺

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seamster made it!(author)2015-11-24

Very nicely done!

Thank you for sharing this great instructional video. First instructable too! Congrats, hope to see more from you soon :)

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debycoles made it!(author)2015-11-24

Thank you so much. Honored that my first ever comment comes from such a fab community member. Love your instructables! Plan on giving the light sabre a try.

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seamster made it!(author)2015-11-24

Ah, thank you! I hope you get the chance to make some light sabers--if you do, be sure to share a comment and a photo or two over there :)

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craftknowitall made it!(author)2015-11-24

Good to see you on Instructables. Good job on the instructable. I voted for you!