Peasant dresses are outfits of the bygone era, that never go out of fashion. There won’t be a single person who hasn’t had a peasant dress from little girls to grown-ups at some point in her life.
Peasant dresses are loved by all little girls. They are roomy and comfortable to wear. The elastic along the neckline gives the dress the perfect shape it needs. The fact that they are easy for on and off, make it one of the desired outfits for babies too.
This easy peasant dress pattern does not require extensive sewing, no gathering is required and the lack of zippers or buttons makes it extremely easy to sew.
There are options to sew it with short or long sleeves, which makes it all-weather wear.
Here I have simplified the DIY peasant dress sewing project and made it in just 5 steps. There are templates and instructions to sew it from 6 months to 6 years in age.
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Easy Peasant Dress in 5 Steps
- The templates of the pattern have been changed for a better fit.
Cotton fabric in a desired print for the bodice- requirement specified in the table below.
Cotton fabric in a coordinating color for the sleeve- requirement specified in the table below ( optionally you may use the same fabric as the dress body).
3/8-inch elastic- requirement specified in the table below.
Trims like ricrac, pompoms, or lace (optional).
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All the fabrics used here are 44 inches in width.
The fabrics shown here are only for illustration purposes and as such may vary from the original.
The seam allowance is 3/8 -inch unless otherwise specified.
I suggest you read the entire pattern once before starting to get a general idea.
All seams are to be pressed flat
All seams are to be finished by zig-zag or serger
Approximate Finished Lengths
*The finished length is from shoulder to hem. Please note that this is a vintage length dress and will hit at the knee. Adjust the length accordingly if needed.
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Step-1: Cutting the Bodice and Sleeve Pieces.
* The bodice template has been edited and as such the side edges of the bodice pieces would be slanting and not straight like the picture above.
Step- 2: Attaching and Finishing the Sleeves
Let’s finish the sleeve edges.
You may opt to insert the elastic as directed below or skip over to step-3 if you wish to have a no- elastic sleeve. * Note that few pictures below are for illustration purposes.
If you prefer a long sleeve, you can attach the elastic in the middle of the sleeve. First, do the lower hem of the sleeve as shown above.
Step- 3: Finishing the Neckline
Let’s do the elastic casing along the neckline.
Step-4: Sewing the Side Seams
Step- 5: Finishing the Hemline
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