{Tutorial} Strapless Yoga Dress

I’ve done it again… do you remember the yoga skirt? Well yoga skirt can now meet yoga dress. It took me just about all summer to complete this dress. I had a few “hiccups” along the way. Like 2 major boo-boo’s which caused me to not only have to re-cut out the skirt portion but also the top portion. I learned a lot once again, and am partly glad I messed up. I really like how the dress came out! Technically I had the dress completed before summer and since I live in Florida I still have a few more months that I can wear this gem!

Coordinating knit fabric for top and bottom *amount depends on your size
Sewing Machine, Tape Measure, Straight Pins, Seam Ripper, Scissor, and Chalk Line
*Knit Sewing Needle (trust me… your life will change after you invest in the set of needles)

I used the yoga skirt I made as a pattern for the “skirt” portion of the dress. On a flat surface, I laid out the knit fabric in half, so that when I’d trace the skirt I would have two pieces already cut out in the exact same shape. I laid my yoga skirt onto the knit fabric. *If you don’t have a yoga skirt to trace measure from your hip to the length of where you would like the skirt to fall. Then to measure the band/top portion measure roughly 6inchesI then took my chalk pen and traced around the edge of the skirt. 
Before I cut the fabric I pinned around the chalk line ensuring that the two pieces would match perfectly. *You’ll notice that originally this was supposed to be a full print dress. I made a boo-boo… like a BIG boo-boo! I (stupidly) cut the skirt with the  non-stretchy part horizontal. After I sewed up each side… i went to put the skirt portion on me and I felt like a stuffed sausage. There was no give in the fabrci. At that point I didn’t have enough fabric left to just cut a new skirt portion, so I went back to JoAnn Fabrics where I prayed they would have more fabric (and they didn’t). That’s when I decided to use a matching solid blue.  

Next, you will want to cut out the band to form the tube of the top. I measured my bust (plus cheated and used part of the measurements from my yoga skirt).  *Remember, you will need two double sided pieces for the band (top portion). After cutting the first band I then traced around that band onto another portion of the fabric, pinned, and cut it out. 

Next you will want to sew the two top portion pieces together. *As pictured above. Apparently I measured on the large size… this top was swimming on me. That’s when I decided to take it in… 

Here you’ll see where I had both sets of stitching. I should have only taken it in half of what I did as pictured above. This time around it was way too tight! So I went back to the drawing board… and made another top… perfect on the first try! 

Once part “A” the skirt portion and part “B” the top portion were sewn on each side I then placed them together as picture above. You’ll want to place the top band open seemed with the right side of the skirt. Does that make sense? 

Pin the two pieces together and sew it using a zig zag stitch. Be sure to sew close enough to the edge, and sew all 3 layers. 

Next, you’ll want to make a tie for the dress. The dress looked very unfinished with the zig zag stitch that held the bottom and top together. To get the length of the tie I just measured around me until I had a desirable length (after being tied).

Sew the fabric into a tube. Then pull the fabric through so it’s right-side facing out. Then finish off the ends. 

After I put my dress on I realized that my top was a smidge to long. 
Easy remedy… fold a portion of the dress down. 

I folded it about an inch. 

It will look like pictured above. *Downfall is that you will have unfinished side seems exposed… but who really looks under your arms any ways? 

You can see what I was talking about with the “unfinished” look between the top and the skirt. 

Once you add the tie this is what it will look like! 

One simple (if you don’t have any sewing mishaps like me) summer/fall dress! lol. No pattern needed other than a skirt/dress you already own!  For those of you who live where its starting to get cooler you can pair it with a cardigan (which is what I do) and you don’t even realize it’s a strapless dress! 


  1. I'm not going to lie–I probably like the solid teal with the print better than the allover print!! 🙂 I need to come steal the measurements for all this since I don't have a yoga skirt 🙂 🙂

  2. You are so adorable! I love this dress on you. Awesome job, you are pretty amazing!

  3. DeniseAngela says:

    I love this dress with the waist tie……looks fabulous on you!

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  5. You look so great in this! I'm your newest follower 🙂

  6. Vivienne @ the V Spot says:

    Very pretty! I like the color combo a lot!

  7. This is so cute! I would love for you to share your tutorial at Make it Great Monday over at etcetorize.blogspot.com. Party open later tonight~

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  9. This is a great tutorial! It turned out amazing!

  10. So cute! It's amazing how something so simple as a needle can make a world of difference, isn't it? 🙂 Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week! Oh, and feel free to send some of that warm weather to Iowa! 🙂

  11. Angela Lynn says:

    So pretty! Love it!! 🙂

  12. Love the tie in the back!!! Alas, I have nothing crafty to share, but I’m stopping in to follow through the hop anyway – Hope you can stop by soon and return the favor 🙂 http://www.shaunanosler.blogspot.com/

  13. Great idea! I love the color! Thanks for this sharing this at last Monday’s “What In The Gunny Sack?” link party!

  14. hey, great dress. easy, clean lines, and pretty.
    keep up the good work.

  15. Barbara Burgess says:

    Very pretty! I made one using a tube top and plain knit fabric. To solve the unfinished side seam issue, lay the seam to the back and zig zag a wide stitch over it. It looks more finished that way. I also would suggest sewing a small/short strip of fabric over it and no one would be able to tell that it wasn’t supposed to be that way.

  16. Great dress and tutorial too! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Linda Eldridge says:

    Great dress, love the solid & print combo. I have a suggestion to solve your seams showing. When you seam the tube for the top pin it with it the inside out and then stitch it, then turn your tube back right side out fold in half with wrong sides together & pin to the skirt with right sides together and sew seam. This way all your seams will be on the inside. But still use the tie, I love it. This was a great design.

  18. Tasha McArthur says:

    i really enjoyed this tutorial thankx so much & im looking forward 2 more tutorials from u

  19. The top would look really cute smocked too!!

  20. Diane Cloteaux says:

    I love the look of your creations and the instructions sounds so easy-peasy. I am a newcomber to ur website and do not have pattern/instruction to make the “YOGA skirt can you please furnish the pattern/instruction for yours yoga skirt.

    Diane Cloteaux

  21. Robbie Galloway says:

    What did you do about the lower hem? If left unfinished, doesn’t it roll when laundered?

    • Hi Robbie–Yes, the lower hem is unfinished. I’ve washed my dress a handful of times and it hasn’t rolled; however, the blue knit fabric is a little thicker than normal knit so I think that’s why it’s not rolling. If you feel more comfortable with sewing the lower hem then go for it! Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Thanks for sharing, it is a perfect summer dress.
    I may attempt to make one. It looks great on you

    Aloha from Josie

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