Peasant dresses are a staple in a little girl’s wardrobe. They are easy, versatile, and fast to sew. If you are an experienced sewer you can play with the endless variations, if you are a beginner master this staple and build your confidence.
Our tutorial gives you an option for shirt, tunic, and dress lengths. Go ahead and fill a drawer.
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The pattern includes three sizes. 12-18months, 2T-3T, and 4-5. It includes the pieces for this basic peasant dress as well as the extra pieces to transform it into a short sleeve, flutter sleeve, and ruffle neck peasant dress or top.
If you haven’t worked with a PDF pattern before you can get all the details on how to print and assemble the pattern on this page.
This pattern allows for a bit of wiggle room and growth.
Cut your pieces- Pieces all include 3/8″ seam allowance
You will need two sleeves and two bodies, one back and one front. All pieces are cut on the fold.
Pin your left sleeve to the front of your dress matching right sides together. Sew at 3/8″. Repeat with the right sleeve.
Take your remaining body piece and match your left armhole to the other side of your left sleeve. Sew. Match your right armhole right sleeve. Sew.
You’ll end up with something that looks like this.
Match your side seams from your cuff to your waist. Make sure to match your underarm seam. Sew from your cuff to your waist on both sides.
It’s going to look really large at this point. That’s ok, next up is elastic.
You will put elastic at both the neck and wrists.
If you are using a knit fabric: Turn your fabric over 3/4″ toward the wrong side of your dress/shirt. Press and sew along the bottom edge. Leave open about 1″ to insert your elastic. Knit fabric will not unravel so you do not have to finish your edge. (unless you would like to!)
If you are using a woven fabric: Either serge your raw edge or turn under 1/4″ and then again 3/4″. Press and sew along the bottom edge. Leave open about 1″ to insert your elastic.
I use 3/8″ elastic, 1/4″ would work also.
I recommend cutting 7″ for each wrist in all sizes.
Neck elastic: For 12-18 months: 15″, 2T-3T: 16″, 4-5: 17″
You can always trim elastic if you want a tighter fit.
Insert your elastic and pull it around.
Overlap your elastic ends and zig zag across them back and forth. Make sure you get a solid connection- it’s a real bummer to have to open up casings to repair elastic. Tuck your elastic into your casing and stitch closed your casing.
The neckline here shows you what your finished casing will look like compared to the sleeve where I haven’t yet put my elastic in.
Hem the bottom by turning under 1/4″and then 1/2″ and stitching along the fold line, and you’re DONE!
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