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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. (Free legging pattern found here.)

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…)

To make the cascading ruffle, I grabbed the ruffle pattern found on little blue boo.  (Its actually for a skirt, but the ruffle worked out great as an addition to my peasant top.

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.

How to add a cascading ruffle to a peasant top.

  1. 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.
  2. Find the middle and mark it.  Depending on how many ruffles 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.
  3. Sew up the peasant dress as instructed in the peasant dress tutorial.


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. Four Marrs and One Venus says:

    In love- simply in love! I need a girl!

  2. sweeter than cupcakes says:

    Lovely ruffles and colors.

  3. Britni @ Hubby Made Me says:

    So sweet!! Love the little leggings too!

  4. Love those cascading ruffles.

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

  6. Shaffer Sisters says:

    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

  7. Reecea Henderson says:

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

  8. The Nelson Family says:

    Love it! And totally agree. You can't overkill at that age! 😀

  9. Banessa's Delight says:

    That outfit is absolutely adorable!

  10. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says:

    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! 😉

  11. OnceUpona Sew says:

    Love the ruffle addition!
    Donna @onceuponasewingmachine.com

  12. Very sweet dress and leggings. Now if only I had a girl to make this for. 🙂

  13. 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 DearCreatives.com

  14. amy mayen says:

    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!

  15. Erin Biggers says:

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