***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
You 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.
Sewing Up Shoulder Tie Peasant Top
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.
3. Sew up your side seams with your two body pieces right sides together.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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….