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Pattern update: Long Sleeve Peasant Dress Pattern
Good news! I’ve updated my free peasant dress pattern and have added long sleeves! You now have the option to make a short sleeve or long sleeve peasant dress. There is also a flutter sleeve option, that is an add-on piece found here: Flutter Sleeve.
Do you have any sewing projects lined up for fall? I woke up this morning to temperatures in the 50’s (though it will be back in the 80’s by afternoon) and have a new shipment of fabric to play with. I’m itching to do a little sewing and what’s better than a long sleeve peasant dress!
(Looking for more free patterns? Be sure to check out my free patterns and tutorials page here.)
One of my favorite patterns (and most popular) has been my free peasant dress pattern. You just can’t go wrong with the simplicity of the design and the quick and easy construction. I’ve made so many versions of this pattern: 3/4 sleeve, flutter sleeve, tiered, split neck, and even a cardigan. (and this sweet long sleeve top.)
I love to sew, but I also love to shop and I’ve seen peasant dresses at all my favorite children’s stores this year. No way am I going to buy a peasant dress when I can whip one out in just a few short hours!
I originally planned to just do a tutorial and show you how to make the long sleeve, but I figured what the heck, I’ll just make the pattern and include it in the post. And… That is why you have not seen a sewing post from me for 2 weeks…
I am the worst. procrastinator. ever!
I did the photos a while back and she wore the outfit to school last week, but the process of drafting the pattern is very tedious and I found so many other things to do, lol. BTW, she loves the outfit and especially these boots! (They came from Gymboree.) She looks so adorable in them, I think I might need to make some other pieces to just go with the boots!
An important thing to remember about long sleeves on a peasant dress… Depending on how tight/high you bring up the top of the dress with the elastic, it will change the length of the sleeves and how tight the dress is under the arms.- So keep that in mind when sewing…
When you make the long sleeve version, the sleeves sew up just like short sleeves and you can finish the edges with elastic, a regular quarter-inch hem (where you fold 1/4 inch, press, fold another 1/4 inch, press and sew.) or with the quarter-inch hem and shirring. It’s cute all ways.
The long sleeve pattern comes in a regular (fuller) style and the narrower version you see on this dress. (I only recommend the narrower version when you are using stretch/knit fabric.) I’ve already sewn a tunic length version with full sleeves and elastic in the hem. It’s really cute too, I’ll be posting that one next week.
You will need to an additional 1/4 to 1/2 yard of fabric to have enough for long sleeves (Don’t print from here, you need to download the full-size pattern from this post.)
*Another update… This pattern now goes up to size 10.
If you make a long sleeve version, please come back and share your pictures on my facebook page, tag me on instagram or add to my flickr group. I love seeing what you’ve made and get so much satisfaction every time I see your creations!
My favorite fabric shop for knits: Funkalicious Fabrics.
- 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