Learn how to sew a Peasant Dress with this free pattern!
I love Peasant Dresses- they truly are one of the simplest dresses to make. I’m so happy to share this free peasant dress pattern and tutorial with you today. The free peasant dress pattern comes in size 12 months to a girls size 14 with both long and short sleeve options.
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Why Sew a Peasant Dress?
One of the reasons a basic peasant dress pattern is so great, (other than the fact it is so easy to make) is there are just SO MANY different ways to change up the look of a simple peasant dress. From various lengths – this dress looks great above the knee, below the knee, tunic length or as a top. To all the different fabric choices you can make, different sleeve options (long, short, 3/4 flutter, flounce) and of course hem choices (ruffles, tiers, contrasting fabric bands or scallops.) And don’t even get me started on all the ways you can embellish this dress for a little extra pizzazz, lol!
I do like like to keep our dresses fairly simple. I’ve learned, (the hard way) that after about the age of 5, too many frills, ruffles or too much pink is not the way to go, lol. I do have at least 20 variations of this peasant dress pattern (different sleeve options, hems, lengths, etc…) that I have sewn over the years. See them here for a few ideas.
Why a peasant dress is so perfect for beginners:
Whether you are picking up sewing again after a several year hiatus (like I did – nothing more motivating to get you back to sewing than a sweet little daughter or granddaughter to sew for!) or are just starting out (welcome to the club!) A peasant dress is a super simple pattern that will help you master a few basic sewing skills. The most difficult part of this pattern (other than cutting it out and taping it together) is trying not to sew the sleeve on backward or maybe sewing the casing for the elastic band in the sleeve (and that is only because it’s small.) This style of a dress is very forgiving, if you make a mistake, just remove the stitches and re-sew it.
A peasant dress will grow with her:
A peasant dress is fairly boxy in shape. The elasticized neckline and sleeves bring the dress in and give it shape. Because a peasant dress is loose, it will start as a dress but as your daughter grows, she will most likely continue to wear it as a tunic or top. (My missy had a nightgown she wore constantly for 3 years. I replaced the elastic just last year, to make the neckline bigger and she still wears it!)
This printable Peasant Dress Pattern is free for you to download. The file is a pdf pattern and includes the full dress and 2 sleeve shapes (short and long.) I have updated it over the years and it is currently available in 7 different sizes: 12 to 18 months, 2t/3t, 4/6, 7/8, 9/10, 12 and 14.
- *update 11/2013: this pattern now has a long sleeve option! See the long sleeve dress I made here.
- *update 5/14: pattern now includes size 8.
- *update 4/16: pattern now goes up to size 10.
- *update 5/16: There is now a flutter sleeve option/add-on piece! Instructions and flutter sleeve pattern found here and you can see an adorable patriotic version here.)
- *update 5/18 Pattern now goes up to size 14. Finished dress length hits at the top of the knee. Original bodice only/paper saving peasant IS NOW PASSWORD PROTECTED TO AVOID CONFUSION WITH THE NEW PATTERN!!! Find the original version here and instructions here (password: original).
(Note: On the last pattern update (5/18) I updated the pattern to include the full dress instead of just the bodice. Personally, I preferred the bodice only version because it used half the amount of paper. If you prefer that version too, I kept a copy of the original pattern and password protected it to avoid confusion with the new version. The link and password in the paragraph directly above this one.
For the peasant dress version I am showcasing today, I decided to keep the dress simple and let the two fabrics make the statement for our fall pumpkin photos. I planned on making a pair of brown knit ruffle leggings to go with this dress, so I made the length a bit shorter (really more of a tunic top) to complement the leggings.
I find the tunic length is perfect for school as it allows my missy wear leggings to school and still adhere to the dress code.
Are you ready to learn how to sew this Peasant Dress?
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