DIY strapless belt wrap dress

Lately I’ve been obsessed with lighter shades of blue, stripes and everything white.  They all read summer, fresh and crisp which was perfect timing for my vacation to Costa Rica.  I wanted looks that were light, comfy and on trend.  This blue and white striped Rag & Bone shirting fabric is the perfect summer staple.  It’s light weight, breathable, cuts and sews well and can be made into just about anything.

The pattern used for this dress was McCalls vintage 6902 for the bodice with the following alterations:

-Removed the elastic

-Added a 22″ back zipper

-Connected a wrap belt to the bodice

-Added horse hair to the top of the bodice to give it more structure

-Removed the pattern skirt and drafted a skirt 50′ wide x 32″  cut two pieces of fabric 25″ Wx 32″ L  long, cut one of the pieces of fabric in half which will be your back seam.  Stitch the two pieces together.   Attach the remaining zipper to the back of the dress skirt, sew the front of the skirt to the back leaving room to insert side seam pockets.  Attach the skirt to the bodice using pleating.

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Sandals- Sam Edelman Shades- Smoke X Mirrors

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21 Comments

  1. Lora Davis
    May 9, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    Super Cute:)

    • Trisha Foster
      May 16, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      Would you consider making a dress to order? I love this strapless wrap dress!!!!!!!!

      • Nikki
        May 17, 2016 / 4:22 pm

        Hi Trisha

        I would love to but time just doesn’t permit right now. 🙁

  2. Sharon Killian
    May 9, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    Love this! Could you share approKximately how much fabric your dress required? Thanks!

    • Nikki
      May 10, 2016 / 3:13 am

      Because it’s only 45″ wide, I used 4 yards.

  3. Ava
    May 10, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    This is lovely. I have a Derby Wedding Shower to attend and will copy this – with your permission. Dress is beautiful!

    • Nikki
      May 17, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      Do you have a blog? I would like to see it when you finish.

      • Ava G
        June 13, 2016 / 2:30 pm

        I wish. No blog. Thanks.

  4. Tjana
    May 10, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    How did you connect the top to the bottom… I would like to copy this dress with your permission

    • Nikki
      May 10, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Match the side seams of the skirt to the bodice and pleat the remaining fabric of the skirt as you pin it to the bodice. Sew the skirt to the bodice using a 5/8″ seam allowance.

  5. May 11, 2016 / 1:36 am

    I am in love with this….like everything else you create! It screams comfy and vacation!! Hope you’re having a great time!

    • Nikki
      May 17, 2016 / 4:26 pm

      Thank you Brittany

  6. NICOLE SANDS
    May 11, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE PATTERN?

    • Nikki
      May 17, 2016 / 4:26 pm

      Not that I’m aware of.

  7. Sheera Carthans
    May 14, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Simply lovely….you are so talented!!

    • Nikki
      May 17, 2016 / 4:24 pm

      Thank you Sheera

  8. Georgie
    May 17, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    I love your dress. I must try this.

  9. Nikki
    June 15, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    Hi Nikki, I replicated your dress (according to your directions) and I got so many compliments. I do have question — my bodice was larger than I expected and had to take in… should I make it a little smaller on purpose in your opinion ?

    • Nikki
      June 15, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      If altering a pattern that normally calls for a stretch fabric, I always cut it significantly smaller if using a non stretch fabric.

      • Nikki
        June 16, 2016 / 2:42 am

        Amazing thank you !!

  10. Amaechi
    February 21, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    How did you calculate how much fabric you needed for the bottom pieces?

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