A Simple Shoulder Tie Top

Super Simple Shoulder Tie Peasant Top Tutorial

***Update we’ve added a digital pattern for 12/18 month, 2T/3T, and 4t. Find it HERE*****

It’s our last peasant top tutorial! Are you tired of peasant tops? What- never! If you are looking for a full run down you can find the 2T pattern (and directions on resizing it HERE, use that for the original peasant dress tutorial, the ruffle neck tutorial, and the shirred short sleeve tutorial.

This fourth dress, tunic, or top is the simplest to sew of the bunch. If you are new to sewing and looking for a confidence builder this is a great start. If you are an experienced sewer and need a new top for a child FAST– this one is for you!

Cutting the Pattern

Shoulder Tie Peasant Dress TutorialYou will need two body pieces, cut on the fold. We are going to make a large tie, so in order to make a larger casing extend the top of the dress straight up. I added about 2″ to the top of the pattern. If you are using the the digital pattern, you can create a 3/4″ casing without adding any extra to the pattern.

Shoulder Tie Peasant Dress TutorialYou can use your sleeve pattern to cut out the ties. Fold it in half and place the short end on the fold. Cut 2

Sewing Up Shoulder Tie Peasant Top

Shoulder Tie Peasant Dress Tutorial

1. Sew your Ties. Fold your ties right sides together and sew up the long side of your tie. Turn your tube right side out using your preferred method. I’m a safety pin girl myself.

2. Finish your ties by tucking in the raw edges on the short ends and topstitching closed. Set your ties aside.

Shoulder Tie Peasant Dress Tutorial

3. Sew up your side seams with your two body pieces right sides together.

Shoulder tie shirt tutorial4. Finish your armholes. I used store bought bias binding, you can also make your own binding. Finish the entire armhole from the top to the back of the garment, this will give your casing a nice finished inside edge too.

Toddler Shoulder tie peasant shirt tutorial5. Create your casing. I finished my top edge with a line of serging (though if you are not sewing with pictures in mind I would suggest matching your threads better) If you aren’t serging turn your top edge over 1/4″ to before you turn down your casing. I eyeballed my casing by holding up my tie. It is approximately 2″.

Stitch down the bottom of edge of your casing. Repeat on the back piece.

Toddler Shoulder tie peasant shirt tutorial6. Feed one tie through your front casing and one through your back. I recommend tacking down your ties near the center to keep them in your casings. I thought I would be fine by sending them through the wash tied- not so much….

Toddler Shoulder tie peasant shirt tutorialEasy Peasy summer top in 30 minutes! Do you have a favorite summer pattern?

Happy Sewing,




{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Amy Mayen June 11, 2013, 10:19 am

    Very cute for little miss! Never can get my bows to lay nicely like yours!!

  • kathleen babbitt June 11, 2013, 10:33 am

    amy there is a trick to tieing bows. first start like always with an over hand knot making sure you have the same amount of tie on both sides. then make a loop with each tie then tie the loops! with a little push and pull the bow should lie perfect. it’s hard to think making loops with both and a little awkward at first but keep trying and you will be successful. I love the look of this top but i think i would like it a little longer for a cool drees for summer thanks for sharing.

  • Sarah Schultz June 12, 2013, 8:26 am

    This is so cute! I can’t wait to try. Hopefully I will get around to making one before summer is over.

  • Whitney June 12, 2013, 2:39 pm

    This is a super cute top! I have never sewn before but just might have to start! Thanks for the inspiration. I found your blog through WKWW link up.

  • Cindy June 12, 2013, 3:30 pm

    Another cute version of a peasant blouse!

  • Kay July 30, 2013, 9:37 pm

    Hi, cute pattern. Do you know of a the same or similar pattern for adult women? I have been searching for a pattern. I want something very similar and very simple to make. Holler back soon!

  • Casey January 30, 2014, 3:48 pm

    Hi! This is adorable. I love your tutorials! Can you tell me how much material is used to make this? I’m new to sewing and not sure how much material to buy.

    Thank you!!!

  • Michele M Smith May 25, 2019, 7:15 pm

    Hi. I would like to size down the peasant top with ties to a 12 month. How can I do that?

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