Wrap skirts are everywhere! With ruffles or without; in mini, midi and maxi lengths; as a true wrap or faux – there’s no escaping this trend and we’re not mad about it. Read on to get the pattern and fabric details and learn how to sew a wrap skirt for yourself! Might I also recommend using a gorgeous floral rayon like this one??
Wrap skirts and dresses are one of my very favorite trends right now and I can’t get enough of them! They’re flirty, feminine, easy to dress up or down and best of all, a cinch to sew! There’s actually one other HUGE reason that I love filling my closet with wrap skirts: they allow for a bit of weight gain and loss without losing the perfect fit! You can just tie it a bit tighter or looser to accommodate a postpartum belly or a burrito binge (not that I know anything about either of those).
I first dabbled in DIY wrap skirts with this self-drafted creation and it’s STILL one of my faves! And even though I sewed it up for myself at 3 months postpartum, it still fits great thanks to that wonderful tie waistband.
The pattern I used for this floral rendition (Simplicity 8606) was an absolute breeze to work with and the best part was that I didn’t need to adjust the length at all. Most RTW short skirts end a few inches above the knee and I always wear mine right at the knee or a little below. This length worked perfectly on my 5’5″ frame.
I sewed up a size 14 (which corresponds to approximately a size 6 or 8 in RTW or a medium) and the fit was also spot on. Ans once again, even if you’re off a size one way or the other, chances are good it won’t be a huge deal since you can adjust the tie. I also really liked the length of the tie. I just can’t say enough good things about this pattern! You’ve got to try it – especially if you tend to not have the best of luck with Big 4 patterns like me.
This rayon fabric deserves its own post! It’s called Swifting Flora Boho from Maureen Cracknell’s Boho Fusion collection and I love it! I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been sitting on this beautiful challis just waiting for the right project. And this was it! I’m pretty sure I only had 2 yards of it too so I cut very carefully and barely managed to eek out this skirt (story of my life…who’s with me? When will I just learn to buy 3 yard cuts for my stash??).
The colors, flow and feel of this fabric is just a dream. We had some crazy wind on the day we shot these pictures and you can see how beautifully it drapes! All in all, this was a super satisfying project and one I’d recommend even to beginning sewists. If rayon scares you, this is a great project to try!
Photos by Christie Knight Photography