I have a collection of ankle-length wrap skirt patterns to inspire you to create a skirt that reflects your style. So grab your sewing stuff, and let’s start a project!
If you enjoy creating stylish and versatile pieces for your wardrobe, you’re in the right place.
Ankle-length wrap skirts offer a timeless elegance and effortless charm that can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
Whether you prefer a flowy bohemian style, a ruffle edge, or a more straight design, these patterns will encourage you!
These graceful and feminine skirts are a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. With today’s ideas, you can create your very own collection.
Step outside your comfort zone and experiment with different fabrics and styles today!
How Do You Style a Wrap Skirt?
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The beauty of a wrap skirt is that it can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
Pair it with a tank, tube top, graphic tee, halter or asymmetrical top, or a flowy bohemian blouse for a casual, laid-back look.
If you want a more polished outfit, choose a delicate peasant blouse, fitted button-down shirt, tailored blouse, or a sleek camisole.
Remember to accessorize with sunglasses, fun shoes, a belt, a hat, statement jewelry, or a bag to complete the outfit.
My Skirt Pattern – Simplicity 8133
Here is the easy-to-sew great pattern I chose. This beginner skirt gives you specialized, easy-to-follow instructions for first-time sewers.
Learn to cut a pattern, sew a shaped waistband with a tie end, sew a patch pocket, and apply trim.
Simplicity Pattern 8133 has a sewing skills rating that is “very easy.”
Ankle Length Wrap Skirt Patterns
Check out these eight fabulous sewing patterns from various commercial brands that will have you making a cute skirt and feeling stylish in no time.
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Sewing Supplies Needed
To make an ankle-length wrap skirt, you will need these sewing supplies. Here’s a list of the essentials.
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Remember to check your specific pattern instructions for any additional supplies required.
What is the Best Material for a Wrap Skirt?
When choosing types of fabrics for a wrap skirt, many options exist.
Your fabric requirements and different fabrics depend on various factors, such as beautiful drape, texture, season, and occasion.
Find fabric store ideas (online and in-person) in this mini skirt post.
Here are eleven mid to lightweight fabrics that work well for wrap skirts.
Wrap Skirt Modifications
You do not have to follow the DIY wrap skirt pattern exactly. Give yourself the creative freedom to modify and customize your wrap skirt to your preferences.
Use the retail pattern or print the pdf sewing pattern and make adjustments.
Here are a few ideas.
Adjust the Length
This may seem obvious, but if you want a totally different skirt, you can simply make it shorter or longer.
Measure the desired length from your waist to determine where to cut the fabric. Remember to add extra fabric for hemming.
Another option is to use multiple fabrics or prints in your skirt design.
You could create contrasting panels, or facings, combine different textures, or use color-blocking techniques.
Mixing materials can add visual interest and make your skirt one of a kind like you!
Embellishments and Trims
Personalize your skirt by adding embellishments and trims. This could include decorative stitching, lace trim, ribbon, or embroidery.
These details can enhance the overall aesthetic of the skirt and make it uniquely YOU.
Add Ruffles or Layers
Consider incorporating ruffles or additional layers to your wrap skirt to add visual interest and texture.
Some patterns include it, but you can also attach a ruffle along the hemline or add a tiered effect with multiple layers.
Change the Closure Style
The simple design of the wrap skirt typically features a tie piece closure at the waist. However, you can experiment with different closure options.
For example, you could replace the ties with buttons, snaps, or a zipper for a different look and ease of wear.
If you prefer skirts with pockets, you can easily add them to the skirt.
Depending on your sewing skills and the desired look, you can choose between side seams or patch pockets by adding a couple of pattern pieces.
Vary the Wrap Style
The classic wrap skirt usually wraps from the front and ties at the side or back. However, you can experiment with different styles.
For example, you could create a diagonal wrap by extending one side of the skirt or a crossover wrap by overlapping the front panels.
Alter the Waistband
Instead of a standard waistband, you could explore different styles. This could include a wide band, a contoured waistband, or a high-waisted design.
Add elastic or adjustable elements to the band for comfort and versatility.
Remember to consider the overall design and functionality of the skirt when making modifications.
If you are making significant changes, creating a mock-up or test garment is an excellent idea to ensure it fits well and achieves the desired look.
With creativity, you can transform a basic ankle-length wrap skirt into a unique and personalized garment.
The yardage required to make a wrap skirt can vary depending on several factors, such as length, width, size, and fabric width. However, a knee-length wrap skirt typically requires around 2 to 3 yards (1.8 to 2.7 meters) of fabric. You will need more for a longer ankle-length skirt or a fuller silhouette, while a shorter or narrower skirt would require less.
It’s always a good idea to consult the pattern for accurate fabric requirements for more precise yardage requirements.
Remember that this estimate assumes a fabric width of 45 inches (about 114 centimeters) to 60 inches (about 152 centimeters). If the fabric you choose has a different width, you may need to adjust the yardage accordingly.
Wrap skirts are easy to make, especially if you have some basic sewing skills. Many simple patterns can guide you through the process. The construction of a wrap skirt is pretty straightforward as it does not require any special closures (like zippers or elastic), which can complicate things.
Wrap skirts are often considered slimming for several reasons.
The adjustable fit allows you to alter the skirt to your body shape and size. You can wrap it tighter or looser around your waist, depending on your preference. This helps create a flattering silhouette by accentuating your curves and creating a streamlined look.
High-waisted wrap skirts are designed to sit high on the waist, giving the illusion of longer legs and a more defined waistline. This elongates the lower body and creates a slimming effect.
The A-line silhouette helps to balance out the proportions of the body, making the hips appear narrower and creating a more slender look overall.
Finally, the vertical lines from overlapping layers of fabric have a visually slimming effect as they draw the eyes up and down, lengthening and minimizing the body’s width.
Wrap or wraparound skirts are also known by several other names, depending on the region and cultural context. Below are a few alternative names for wrap skirts from different cultures around the world.
A sarong is commonly used in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Sarongs are rectangular pieces of fabric wrapped around the waist and secured in various ways.
Pāreu or pareo is a term used in Tahiti and other Polynesian cultures for a similar type of garment. It is a large rectangular cloth worn as a skirt and often tied at the waist.
A lava-lava is a traditional skirt worn by both men and women in Samoa. It is a rectangular cloth wrapped around the waist and secured with a knot or tuck.
In East Africa, particularly in Tanzania and Kenya, a wraparound skirt is known as a Kanga. They are vibrant and colorful rectangular fabric women wear, often with decorative patterns and Swahili proverbs.
Lappa is used in West Africa, particularly in countries like Ghana and Liberia, for a colorful African wax print fabric wrap skirt.
Dhoti is a traditional garment worn by men in India and other South Asian countries. It comprises a long, rectangular cloth wrapped around the waist and legs.
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