Free pattern: wraparound skirt

Free wrap skirt pattern skirt worn by Liz

Hello All,

Here’s a pattern for a 6-gore wraparound skirt.  It has a generous wrap and is very suitable for one-way prints.  It would also look good in a plain fabric with topstitched seams.

Free wrap skirt pattern skirt worn by Liz

If you’ve never drafted a pattern before, this is a good one to start with because it’s straight forward and easy-fitting.  You’ll need your waist measurement, a ruler, pencil and L-square, and of course paper.

This is a step-by-step, but there’s a summary at the end so scroll down if you want the overview first.

Free wrap skirt pattern step 1

Step 1: Draw a rectangle as shown.  My waist is 30″, so my rectangle is 7.5″ wide.  Draw in a central grainline (fold the paper to find the perfect centre).


Free wrap skirt pattern step 2

Step 2: Add 5″ to each side and connect to the top corners with a diagonal line.


Free wrap skirt pattern step 3

Step 3: Create pleasing curves at the top and bottom.  Mirror them on each side by folding the paper along the central grainline.  The sides should measure 60cm.


Free wrap skirt pattern step 4

Step 4:  Add whatever seam and hem allowances you prefer (shown are what I did).  The curved hemline will not accommodate a hem deeper than 1″.  You can also adjust the length now if you want to, keeping the sides on the same plane and extending them with a ruler.  You may also increase the amount of flare at the sides, but don’t decrease any or the skirt might be too tight around the hips.  This pattern piece is now finished -you’ll cut 4 of them for the skirt.


Free wrap skirt pattern step 5

Step 5: The skirt also needs a differently shaped panel at each end of the wraparound.  Trace around the pattern you’ve just made, and add a line parallel to the centre grainline.  The line should run through the stitching line at the top corner.


Free wrap skirt pattern step 6

Step 6: Add a hem to the straight line you just drew.  Make it the same as the hem allowance on the skirt and you can do a mitre at the corner.  Straighten off the lower edge so the corner is 90 degrees.  This pattern piece is now finished.  You’ll need to cut two as a pair.


Free wrap skirt pattern step 7

Step 7: The last pattern piece you’ll need is a waistband.  The part that’s attached to the skirt needs to be 1.5 times your waist measurement.  Note that the ties at each end are different lengths.  On my skirt, I made the one on the right 21″ long, and the one on the left 33″ long.  The buttonhole needed to bring the tie through should be located between panels 3 and 4.  Instead of a buttonhole, you can make a join in the waistband with a gap for the tie.  BTW, I cut my waistband at 3.25″ (8.2cm) wide, to finish at 1.25″ (3.2cm) wide.


Free wrap skirt pattern summary

Here’s the summary.  You may also be interested in the Zero Waste wrap skirt draft.


You can probably work out the sewing order from my drawing: 1) join all the panels together 2) do the mitres and hems 3) attach the waistband and make the ties  4) make a buttonhole in the waistband.

I made my skirt using some very old novelty print fabric with peanut-themed print.  The pattern pieces barely fitted across its 90cm width.  I think it’s cotton, about quilting weight.  Anyone got any ideas how old this fabric might be?  1970’s?  1960’s?  Even 1950’s?  The colours are most accurate in the pictures of me wearing it.


Free wrap skirt pattern fabric


Free wrap skirt pattern skirt mitred corner

I mitred the corners and sewed the hems with two rows of stitching.


Free wrap skirt pattern skirt buttonhole in waistband

The buttonhole in the waistband.  It’s positioned almost between panels 3 and 4.


Free wrap skirt pattern skirt gap in waistband

Originally I had a join in the waistband with a gap, which I positioned in the centre of panel 4, but it wasn’t far around enough so I made a buttonhole further along.  If you do decide to have a gap in the waistband, trim back the seam allowance inside the waistband so it doesn’t show through the gap.





Update: This has become by far my most popular post ever.  If you’ve made this skirt, please feel free to leave a comment and if possible a link where we can see your great work!


Another update: This skirt can be made with 3 gores. Click here to read how.


  1. Chiggy Schiller on June 11, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you for posting the “easy to understand diagram” of how to make a pattern for a wrap skirt. I had been thinking if I could make a wrap-around skirt pattern of “fits in various sizes” before. But looking at your pictures and calculation, I thought it might be difficult to make such a pattern, at least for me. But I can make a pattern for myself following your direction. Thnak you. By the way, you are such a brilliant drawer and your writing is beautiful!

    • lizhaywood on June 12, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks, Chiggy, I’m sure your wrap skirt will be great!
      Cheers, Liz

  2. tuvie on December 3, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Thanks for the pattern its so simple

    • lizhaywood on December 4, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      You’re welcome, I hope you enjoy wearing it too.

  3. Julie on January 18, 2017 at 1:20 am

    If i want it to wrap twice around would I just do the waist measurement x 2 or 2.5?

    • lizhaywood on January 18, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Hi Julie. Do it 2x the waist. The width of the rectangle in Step 1 would therefore be (2x your waist) divided by 6, and then the skirt will be a double layer of fabric all the way around when it’s worn.
      All the best with it,

  4. Rebecca on May 18, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Approximately how many yards of fabric should I purchase to make this skirt?

    • lizhaywood on May 19, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Hi Rebecca, the fabric requirements are at the bottom of the draft. A yard is only 3″ short of one metre.
      If you aren’t sure, take your pattern along to the fabric shop and get the sales assistant to help you.
      Hope it goes well for you.

      • Rebecca on May 20, 2017 at 3:33 am

        I’m not sure how I missed that. Thanks!

      • lizhaywood on May 20, 2017 at 7:27 pm

        That’s ok! I forgot to write that if the fabric is one-way (like mine was), an unusual width or if your skirt is a large size you’ll need to do your own layout.

  5. Sophie on July 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Hi Liz!

    Many thanks for the pattern. If I want to make the skirt longer, do I just add the required length at the bottom of each part? For example 15 centimetres? I am quite tall and like longer skirts anyway.

    Thanks a lot! 🙂


    • lizhaywood on July 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Hi Sophie. Yes, just add onto the bottom of each panel. Extend the sides with a ruler to meet the new hemline. C’est facile!
      I hope you enjoy making and wearing it!

  6. Élodie on September 11, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I’ve just read it and it seems really clear! I think I will sew a new skirt next weekend 🙂

    • lizhaywood on September 11, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Elodie, all the best with it,
      Cheers, Liz

  7. Diane Dawson on December 13, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I’ve made several skirts from this pattern using SARI fabric bought off eBay! PERFECTION!

    • lizhaywood on December 13, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Fantastic! Thank you so much for commenting. This post has had well over 100,000 visits and I sometimes wonder how many skirts got made and are in the world being worn.
      Many thanks.

  8. Juliet on January 6, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    I bought a lovely remnant at Spotlight today (when I bought my new machine ).
    They marcked it as one metre, but it’s almost 1.5, so I’m going to make this skirt. I might even wear it up for a visit….

    • lizhaywood on January 7, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Excited to hear about your new machine and honoured that this is one of your first projects on it. Looking forward to seeing it.

  9. Barbie on January 30, 2018 at 4:38 am

    Liked this so much I bought fabric!

    • lizhaywood on January 30, 2018 at 8:56 am

      Hello Barbie, I hope you like wearing it as much as I like wearing mine.

  10. Vanessa on June 12, 2018 at 2:27 am

    My machine is being serviced right now, but when I get it back, I’m going to make myself one of these! Thanks for the easy to follow instructions and greetings from the Netherlands

    • lizhaywood on June 12, 2018 at 8:12 am

      You’re welcome! Thanks very much for leaving a comment, and I hope you enjoy your skirt.

  11. Sally on September 2, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Super-excited to find this pattern to recreate a skirt I had in the 70s. I’ve been searching for a pattern to accommodate my unstable waist size & hips!
    Your instructions & drawings are so clear they inspire confidence. Many thanks

    • lizhaywood on September 2, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Sally, I hope it goes really well for you!

  12. Susan on November 7, 2018 at 1:54 am

    Love your page!! Thanks for the wrap around pattern.

    • lizhaywood on November 7, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Cheers, Susan!

  13. Sandy on December 17, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Normally I sew pretty slowly but this took me about 2 hours from laying out my pattern to finishing my hem. I needed a skirt for a funeral so had to rush thru. I didnt add the button hole and need to clean up a couple seams, but it fit great and looked very nice. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions!!!

    • lizhaywood on December 17, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      Hi Sandy, lovely to hear of your sewing success. Cheers!

  14. Ella on December 18, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    How would you change the calculations to make a three paneled skirt? Thanks!!

    • lizhaywood on December 18, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Ella, try this:
      Step 1. Make the horizontal dimension (1.5 x your waist) divided by 3 (instead of divided by 6).
      Step 2. Add 10″ (25cm) to each side instead of 5″.
      Step 3. The top and bottom will need to be curved much more since you’ve only got 3 panels. Curve the top edge up by 3cm and the bottom edge by 8cm.
      Step 4. Obviously only cut one of these panels.
      Steps 5, 6 and 7 are the same.
      I’m inspired to make one now! Cheers, Liz

      • Ella on December 18, 2018 at 10:13 pm

        Thank you so very much!

  15. Patsy on April 29, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Like the pattern but am confused on how to make the end panels. An I just squaring up on side or am I adding another flair and then squaring It up?

    • lizhaywood on April 29, 2019 at 8:43 am

      Hi Patsy, there’s no flare on the ends; you’re just squaring up on one side.

  16. Asha on May 16, 2019 at 3:48 am

    Hi Liz, If I wanted to make the skirt more flared ie having 6″ on the sides instead of 5″, what would be the best way to adjust the curve? Is there a calculation I could use? Thanks!

    • lizhaywood on May 16, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Hi Asha, there isn’t a calculation, only your calibrated eye! Probably the easiest way: cut out the skirt with the extra flare added, then when all the panels are sewn up (but before the hem is sewn), trim off any pointy peaks on the hem so you have a smooth flowing curve. Same at the waist, if required. (I doubt there will be much change, if any, if you’re only adding 1″ extra flare.) Follow up with a tape measure to check that the skirt is the same length all way around. Transfer any changes to the pattern so you have it for next time.
      All the best with it!

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