Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom


Cascading Ruffles Peasant Dress

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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.

So cute!  I love the way the ruffles fall.

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 favorite fabric shop for knits:  Funkalicious Fabrics.
  1. My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
  2. My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
  3. Rotary Cutter
  4. I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
  5. Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
  6. Ball Point needles
  7. Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
  8. Blind hem foot.
  9. Wonder clips (I didn't use these in the post, but they are just awesome!

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  1. I actually really like the leggings with it. It reminds me of something a LaLa Loopsie would wear. :)

  2. I agree, love the leggings. Nothing is overkill at that age. Feather boa? why not. But then again, I'm the mom who let her kid wear striped socks and combat boots the whole year in kindergarten. She was little & didn't care what anybody else wore. I miss that! Great job on the ruffles!

  3. This is so cute & it makes me want to time warp my daughter back a few years. She is turning 11 in May. I love the pink/black & leggings. I added you on G+ I already thought I had you in my circle. Hope you have a great weekend! Theresa Visiting from

  4. Very sweet dress and leggings. Now if only I had a girl to make this for. :)

  5. Love the ruffle addition!

  6. Absolutely beautiful! the ruffles just add the perfect touch jamie!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at our Monday Funday link party! have a wonderful day! ;)

  7. Love it! And totally agree. You can't overkill at that age! :D

  8. Saw your post on Gunny Sack Link Party #75. Love love love dress. Pinning! My post is #131.

  9. Hi Jamie ~ this is so pretty ~ I don't have any little girls but I do have a niece who I think I'll be making this for.

    I saw your link at Monday Funday and would love to have you link this (or any other posts) to my party (my first week!) Project Inspire{d} I hope to see you there.

    Have a great week!
    ~Mary Beth~

  10. Adorable! I love the pink and black together, and the ruffles are the perfect girly touch!

  11. Gorgeous dress! I do love cascading ruffles!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. Beautiful dress! I'd love for you to stop by my weekly link party and link this up.

  13. Very fun! I love the color combo, and that cute little smile at the end. this is a super fun look! Great job Momma!
    with love

  14. Adorable! I love all your links. Thank you for sharing every week!

  15. I love this (even with the pink leggings!) I've got three little girls who would love it, too! I'll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow!

    Thanks for linking up!

  16. So cute!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  17. I found you from Sugar Bee Crafts! I'm your newest follower via GFC. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Fluster Buster

  18. So cute! I love the ruffles! And I think the leggings are cute with the outfit, too. :)

  19. I don't think the striped leggings are too much...I was actually thinking it would be cute with black and white polka dot leggings to...but don't listen to me...I never think that too much is too much.
    Love it!

  20. I think the leggings work with the sleeves. I'd leave the outfit the way it is. The outfit is as sweet as the little girl wearing it.

  21. Do you know where I can find the tutorial for the long sleeves?? Thank you!!

    BTW.. I LOVE the leggings!!

  22. Yes, I would love to know how to do the long sleeves as well!

    1. I do now have a long sleeve pattern, it can be found on the original peasant dress post.


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