Retro Inspired Wrap Shirt Tutorial


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     I have wanted to make this vintage wrap shirt ever since I stumbled across these old photos from a 1950’s Life magazine.  I just love the retro style and it looks soo easy to replicate!  It is perfect for summer and would work well with any high waisted skirt, shorts or pants.

     I had a hard time deciding on which fabric to choose from, which always seems to be a problem since I work in a fabric store with endless choices!  I was going to make it out of a muslin like the vintage pic, but decided to go with a polka dot cotton poplin that is soft and lightweight instead.  Lets get started!


1 yard voile, muslin, rayon or cotton.

1 yard bias tape

marking pencil or chalk



loop turner

Step 1:  Cut 3 sized rectangles out of fabric as follows.  2″x44″, 27″x44″, 5″x 44″


Step 2:  Fold 2″x 44″ in half right sides facing to make a 1″x 44″ strip and sew down edge.  Repeat same step with 5″x44″rectangle folding in half right sides facing to make 2.5″x44″ strip and sew down edge.


Step 3:  On the ends of the sewn and folded over 5″x 44″ strip sew a diagonal on each corner.


Step 4:  Clip of excess fabric on corners.


Step 5:   Next cut both sewn rectangle strips in half.  You will now have four pieces.    Turn each piece right side out.  I used a loop turner on the skinny straps to make it easier to turn out.  Press with iron.


Step 6:  Take your last rectangle 27″x44″ and fold over raw edge on each side 1/2″  towards wrong side of fabric and fold over another 1/2″ to cover raw edge and stitch down on all four sides.


Step 7:  Fold large rectangle in half and place plate or something round to trace half circle with chalk for neck hole.


Step 8:  Cut out traced hole for neck.  Next pin bias tape right sides facing to neck hole.  Stitch in place.  Turn in bias tape to wrong side.  Press with iron and top stitch down.


Step 9:  Attach strips on all four corners and stitch in place.

IMG_4238All Done!  Hope you enjoyed making this vintage inspired wrap shirt.  Let us know if you have any questions!

Happy Sewing,



  • Shane R.

    Would the measurements for this shirt work for many body sizes? Or would I need to make the large piece of fabric bigger if I’m larger than the person in the photos? I know wrap clothing is more forgiving than structured clothing, but I wouldn’t want to cut out this piece and then find out it’s too small.

    • Dani

      Hi Shane, As long as 27″ would wrap around your waist more than half way, to cover the overlapping on the sides you should be fine. If you need to make it larger just add inches to the 27″ piece. I hope that answers your question. Happy sewing

  • Edie Ramsey

    I made the shirt and really like it. I did have to move the straps up about 4 inches on both the front and back piece. By moving it up, it allowed me to not have to wear a tank underneath. With leaving the straps as they were it was too open on the sides. I have long legs and a short torso. If I had cut the bottom off and had it hit right on my waist it might have been fine. Instead, the bottom of mine sits 2-3 inches below my waist. I’m going to make it again, this time using 60″ wide fabric so it can be even longer, mid-hip length. I am also going to shorten the smaller ties that tie in the back as they hung down below the bottom of the first one they did. Thanks for posting!

  • Paula Arndt

    So happy to stumble upon this, a few years after you posted it! lol This was once called the “jiffy” shirt from the 1930’s and I have been wanting to make my own for quite sometime. Seeing yours and how wonderfully it turned out is inspirational to me. I think I will go get a yard and a half tonight and make my first trial one.
    I’m a fabric designer and would love to use some of my own fabrics to make tops to wear with my navy palazzo pants!

  • Jaquco

    Thank you for that pattern ^^
    It is the first shirt I made and I love it ^^

    I´m a totally beginner and even I could make it within one day :D

    • J

      Thanks for saying this. I am also a beginner and this looks like an awesome project. I am going to walk on the wild side and mix fabrics. Here’s hoping it doesn’t end up a hot mess!

  • Rike

    Hi Amy, i like this pattern a lot and will do it in the next days…. But I am not familiar with american measurement units. So what is: 44″? 44-inch?

    Kind regards

  • holly

    This was the best tutorial and pattern! I love this shirt! and now am planning on making a few different ones for work, casual and winter! Thank you! I haven’t sewed in years and this helped me actually get excited to sew again!

  • Susan Torok

    I am thinking that this could be used when getting a mammogram. By tying the front first, we could avoid having to change to the hospital gown.

  • Harpalyce76

    Could this be done with a crew neck rather than a round neck? Would I just cut a slit and bind it rather than a circle?

  • sarah harte

    Hi, what height is the model and what are her measurements? I would love to make this but I’m concerned it might not fit me. I am 5’3 and my waist is about 24″. Do you think I need to adjust the measurements of anything? The tutorial is amazing!

    Thank you :)

    • Dani

      I’m not entirely sure what Amy’s measurements were here, but you would probably want to make the large piece a bit less wide. probably somewhere in the 18″ range, also you may have to measure the height of your torso and decrease the length accordingly. Since it is a wrap to you should be able to get away with some significant overlap. I hope that helps!

    • Alexis

      You might be able to make it into a dress with a bit of modification, but none us us have tried. If you end up making it let us know how it works!