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.
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
5. 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.