Do you remember my Peasant Dress tutorial and pattern I posted a few months ago? I have another version using the peasant dress pattern to show you.
The Cascading Ruffle Peasant Dress!
I actually started this dress in November and am just now finishing it. I am not sure why I procrastinated so much, because it turned out adorably. (The dress was practically finished, it only needed the neck elastic and hem.)
I think the leggings are a bit overkill for the outfit maybe… we’ll probably wear the top with black leggings next time and she has plenty of other tops to wear with the pink leggings.
Making this dress/top is really easy. (I am more into making her tunic tops right now rather than dresses because in kindergarten they spend a lot of time on the floor- and in the dirt during recess…)
I used the free cascading skirt tutorial and pattern from lil blue boo. In her skirt tutorial, there is a printable cascading ruffle pattern you can use.
If you are making a size 3 and up you can probably get away with 5 cascading ruffle strips. For smaller sizes, maybe just 3 strips. (I haven’t tried this on a smaller size, so just play with how many ruffle strips you want to use.)
For our top, I used the ruffle as is, no trimming. It was the perfect size. The ruffle is very easy to trim down if you decide it is too long for your dress/top.
To place the ruffles, cut out your peasant dress pieces and ruffle pieces. To align the ruffles, measure down from the top edge 1 3/4 inches. Use a fabric marker or chalk mark this line across the top.
Find the middle and mark it. Depending on how many ruffle you use, space them evenly and no closer than about 2 1/2 inches from the side seam. Follow the little blue boo tutorial for attaching the ruffles.
Sew up the peasant dress as instructed in the peasant dress tutorial.
If you want to add long sleeves, measure from the top of the shoulder (where the peasant dress will hit after elastic has been added) down past the wrist. (halfway between the wrist and thumb.) And add 2 inches. Use that measurement to add length to the sleeve.
I asked for a smile here, this is what I got…
Let me know if you make this version. Don’t forget about the split neck peasant dress tutorial version too!
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Ball Point needles
- Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
- Blind hem foot.
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
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