This One is for the Girls, Four Dresses one Pattern

If you sew for a girl you are, I’m sure, familiar with the staple peasant dress. It is cute, easy, and very forgiving as far as sizing and sewing go. An easy project for a beginner, it can also be detailed, transitioned, embellished, and made to be something much more for an advanced sewer.

This week we are revisiting our most popular post the Peasant Dress Tutorial, and bringing you three new summer time variations. The best part? You only need two pattern pieces to make all four of these dresses! And since this pattern will give you measurements for top, tunic, and dress lengths that is 12 different garments!  No need to measure out rectangles or extra pieces- we’ve got you covered.

diy peasant dress

Here is the pattern for an 18 month- 2T. You can see in the image above she was closer to an 18 month size. Now at a 2T we are using the same pattern still- it is certainly less blousey, but is still a good fit.

If your child is not a 2T here is what you will need to do.  Increase your sleeve width by half an inch for each size up you want to go, and one inch to the top of the bodice. I would recommend measuring to find your ideal body length.

We have received the most questions about drafting the armhole. So before we get started with the dresses I’m going to run you through in detail the drafting of your armholes. If you would prefer to draft from the measurement in the original post go HERE to grab the shape and measurements.

Drafting a Peasant Dress Sleeve

Peasant dress pattern1. Sorry the image above got a little dark. You are starting with your two block pieces. A rectangle for the sleeve, and your A line shape for the dress body.

Peasant dress pattern2. For my 18mo./2T I measured down 5″ and over 2″. Increase your size 1/2″ aprox. as you go up a size.

draft a peasant dress sleeve3. Draw in your rectangle.

draft a peasant dress sleeve4. Add in your curve. I simply free hand this in. If you want a different shape you could play with this line.

draft a peasant dress sleeve5. Cut out the armhole curve on the sleeve. Then line the top of the sleeve up with the top of the body. It should look like above. Trace and cut the exact same shape out of your body. Remember on both piece you are working on the opposite side from your fold line.

draft a peasant dress sleeve6. You now have the two pattern pieces you’ll need to make each of these dresses!

Tomorrow we’ll start with our first new variation! We hope you’ll join us and consider following us via email, Bloglovin, Facebook, or Twitter to make sure to catch each of the dress tutorials.

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  • Amy Mayen May 28, 2013, 10:56 am

    Great post! This ones gonna blow up on Pinterest! I saw you featured at Feathers Flights…congrats superstar!

  • Charity July 8, 2013, 7:04 pm

    Thank you so much for your post I have only been sewing for about 3 yrs….still need a lot of practice. I started when I found out I was having identical twin girls and wanted to see them wear boutique style clothes without the boutique price….I’ve been making pillow case dresses and some ruffled pants but have adored these peasant dresses from a far the sleeves are what scare me I’m afraid of messing up….I like your step by step tutorial I can’t wait to try this out and hopefully ill be able to make a peasant dress for my girls to wear

  • Crystal October 1, 2013, 1:24 pm

    How do you print these off to be true to size? Just hit print and done? Sounds much too good to be true! Lol

    • onceuponasewingmachine October 1, 2013, 3:45 pm

      Ideally- yes. lol You need to make sure you that nothing is being scaled. So you aren’t “printing to fit”- you want to print at 100%. There is a 1″ box on the pattern. I recommend printing that page first to double check.

  • Angela October 16, 2013, 3:34 pm

    I have so loved this pattern. It is my new obsession. The 4t fits by youngest daughter perfectly. It also fits my oldest daughter like a blouse. I added about 8 inches to the pattern and made a dress for my oldest. I also used it to make flannel nightgowns. My next venture is to use corduroy.

    • Sandi June 29, 2017, 3:34 pm

      I’m trying to make mine a 4t. What were your measurements? I used 16″Wx18″L and the sleeves 13″Wx10″L. I’m having trouble with the arm holes. Can you help me? Would it be 7″ down from the top and 3″ coming in from the side?

  • Courtney November 14, 2013, 11:42 pm

    I absolutely love the Peasant Dress PDF pattern. Is there anyway you can provide a 6 month or 6-9 month size in a pattern? Thank you! P.S. Love finding inspiration from your blog 🙂

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