Today we are going to offer you another variation on our basic peasant dress. With a three year old that is getting more independent by the day, we are always looking for options that are easy on and easy off.
M is a little thin on summer tops, so I took advantage of that to work on our Peasant Dress Pattern. This pattern gives you options for three body lengths, three sleeve options, and a ruffle neck. Now you can adapt for a flutter sleeve!
The sleeve is a rectangle 3 inches x 10 inches. Cut 2.
Hem the sleeve by pressing under 1/4 inch and again 1/4 inch along the bottom long edge. Top stitch.
Attach the short edge of each sleeve to the back right sides together.
Pin the second short edge to the front of the dress, again right sides together. Stitch with 3/8″ seam allowance.
The nice part of the peasant dress is this size sleeve will work in multiple sizes. In the smaller sizes your sleeve will have a little more fullness.
Flip your dress right sides out it will look like this-
Flip your dress right sides together, sew the side seams.
I have made my own bias for the armhole binding. If you have never made your own bias, I think once you have you will never go back. Find a tutorial here.
I have made my binding on this dress exposed, you can choose to hide it by turning it to the inside of the dress also.
Once you have your armholes bound, sew the hem by pressing under 1/4 inch and then 1/2 inch and top stitch.
Now you are ready to sew the top casing. Press under 1/4 inch and the 1/2 inch. Insert 1/4 inch elastic on the 4T I used 20″ of elastic. Top stitch leaving an opening to insert elastic. What more pictures on the construction? Find the full peasant dress instruction HERE. The Ruffle neck version gives great pictures on the neck casing.
You are finished! Put your new flutter sleeve top on your little one.