Flutter Sleeves: A variation for the free Peasant Dress

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!

flutter sleeve peasant dress patternFor our tall, slender 4 year old I sewed up the size 4.  We start by cutting the front and back on the fold as the pattern directs.

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.

attach flutter sleeve

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-


flutter sleeve neckline

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.

peasant dress flutter sleeve

You  are finished!  Put your new flutter sleeve top on your little one.

peasant dress flutter sleeve

peasant dress flutter sleeve

peasant dress flutter sleeve

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  • Amy mayen July 28, 2014, 9:47 am

    Cute cute cute!! I like the flutter sleeve! Someone is turning into a little a little ham in front of the camera- I love her face in the last pic!!
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  • Kristina & Millie July 28, 2014, 2:52 pm

    She is so adorable and so is her little flutter sleeve peasant dress! I had no idea that is what those types of sleeves were called. You are going to have your hands full when she is older!
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  • Sarah Helene July 30, 2014, 5:02 am

    YES, I agree . . . CUTE AS CAN BE pastel polka dot top with “flutter” sleeves in aqua. Colors– pink, green, lavender, aqua, yellow various sized dotted fabric look FAB on your blonde-haired girl. EASY to sew. Versatile to coordinate with many colors of shorts or pants during summertime. Mom, lots of your LOVE sewn into this dress for your 4-yr old! LOVE the final photo! Sarah in Minneapolis

  • Hayley Elliott September 20, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Love this! I’ve made the 24 months size to try it out and it’s fantastic. However I was wondering if you could give me the measurements for the pattern I’d need to make this for my 3 month old niece?
    Thanks very much 🙂

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