One of the most flattering things a woman can have in her closet, in my opinion, is a wrap skirt or a wrap dress. They hug our bodies in all the right places and are all over the place at the moment.

As mentioned in this post, I wanted to make a wrap skirt myself. Of course, wrap dresses look amazing, but I always think that a skirt is more versatile as you can get all creative for the top half with different t-shirts, blouses etc. When searching for inspiration, I came across quite a few "faux" wrap skirts meaning that they look like an actual wrap skirt, but they are already fastened so you don´t have to constantly worry about flashing your knickers - love this concept! The decision was made - the only thing missing, though, was the fabric. I originally wanted a red skirt with white little stars on it, however, I quickly realized, that it wasn´t easy to get hold of the fabric.  I searched in my favorite fabric shops in town and I searched the internet high and low until I found this fabric which is of course not star-printed, but I love it as much.

For the step-by-step tutorial, scroll down!

  • sewing machine
  • one invisible zipper 20cm
  • 1m of fabric (I used viscose I bought off ebay here)
  • needles and threat 

Start by creating a template for the wrap skirt. I found this tutorial where you can calculate all the measures you need. My advice is that it´s better to add some more centimeters because you can always make things smaller, but not bigger.
I started by creating the template for the back of the skirt.
Lay it out on to the fabric, pin it with some needles and with a seam allowance of 1,5 cm, cut out the fabric.

For the front, you have to divide your back template in two parts. I did this by hand, so you can make the slit bigger or smaller, depending on how you want it.
Place the two pieces seperately on to the fabric and again cut them out with a 1,5 cm seam allowance.

Now it´s time to cut out the ruffles! I wanted my ruffles to be about 10 cm long, so I cut out a rectangular piece with a width of 12 cm and a lenght of 1,40 cm (as long as the fabric allowed it). Because we will add some creases to the ruffles, the fabric for the ruffles needs to be longer than the actual part of the skirt where they will be added!

Using some needles, pin the ruffles on to the edge of the pieces you cut out in the previous steps. In order for the ruffles to fall nicely, it´s important to add a crease around every 3-4 centimeters as you can see in the photo on the left. Pin the skirt and the ruffles together by laying with the right side edge of the fabric and ruffle facing each other and sew the seam along the edge. Flip over the right way and the seam will be hidden.
Do this for the two front parts and the back as well.

Now it´s time to finish the front part by sewing together the two parts we created so far.
Do this, by pinning the two parts together at the edge where the ruffles were sewn on to the bigger part. Then sew the seam along the edge, preferably sew over the seam of the ruffles.
To create the waistband, cut out a rectangle again with the length of your waist + 10 cm and the width of 11 centimetres. Fold the rectangle in half, pin it together and sew 1 cm away from the edge.

To finish up the front and the back part of the skirt, pin the waistband on to the edge of the fabric as you can see on the right. Since we created one long waistband, it needs to be cut into pieces according to the width of the front and back part.
Therefore, once it´s pinned on to the fabric, cut the waistband in half where the fabric of the front / back part ends. Before sewing along the edge, you can also adjust the length of your skirt.

To finish off the ruffles, fold over the edge twice, pin it with some needles and sew over it with your sewing machine. Like this, there is no possibility for the edges to fringe and it looks nice and neat from the outside.

Last, but not least, it´s time to sew the front and the back together. At this point, you can also adjust the width of your skirt and make it fit perfectly on you. Place the front and the back part on top of each other with the right sides facing each other. First, pin together one side and then, also add the zipper on the other side. I can recommend you to try on the skirt at this point in order to make adjustments before the zipper is fixed.
Because I didn´t want the raw edges to fringe, I sew over them with a cross stitch to prevent them from fringing. 

And we are done! I think this skirt is going to be one of those you pull out all the time because you just feel comfortable and great in it! I think it comes up to a nice length and I believe it´s quite flattering as well - or at least that´s what I tell myself.

How do you like this DIY and is there anything on you want me to DIY next? I would love find out in the comments!



  1. wow der rock sieht soo cool aus!! ich kann nicht glauben, dass du ihn selbst gemacht hast! Mega - bist du Designerin?

    1. Ach wie lieb von dir! Damit hast du mir wirklich den Tag versüßt! Nein, ich bin keine Designerin, habe zwar lange überlegt Modedesign zu studieren, aber ich nähe nur als Hobby.

      xx Julia

  2. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I made this last week and I am stoked with how it turned out. Wore it yesterday and felt uber feminine!

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