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How to Sew a Peasant Dress – Free Peasant Dress Pattern (sz 12 mo to 14y)

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Learn how to sew a Peasant Dress with this free girl’s peasant dress pattern. This free printable pdf dress pattern and tutorial is available in size 12 months to a girl’s size 14 with both long and short sleeve options.

Learn how to sew a peasant dress With this free peasant dress pattern (size 12 month to 14 yr)

Why Sew a Peasant Dress?

Peasant Dresses truly are one of the simplest dresses to sew. No buttons, zippers or labor-intensive fabric gathering is needed

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 this easy-to-sew dress.

  • Various lengths – this dress looks great above the knee, below the knee, tunic length or as a top.
  • So many different fabric choices you can make.
  • Many sleeve options (long, short, 3/4 flutter, flounce)
  • And of course hem choices (ruffles, tiers, contrasting fabric bands or scallops.) You can even shorten it to make a top.
  • So many ways to embellish this dress: with a split neck, bell sleeves, ribbon, ric-rac, pockets, shirring, aprons, a separate bodice w/ sash for a little extra pizzazz, lol!

I have sewn at least 20 variations of this peasant dress pattern over the years. (different sleeve options, hems, lengths, etc…)  For a few new ideas, you can check them all out in my Peasant Dress Variations tab.

Learn how to sew a peasant dress

Why a Peasant Dress is a Great Project for Beginners

This peasant dress pattern is perfect for beginners. Whether you are picking up sewing again after a several year hiatus (as 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. (In which case, welcome to the club!)

You’ll enjoy sewing this super simple pattern AND you master a few basic sewing skills at the same time. 

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 is a Style of Dress that grows with Her

A peasant dress is fairly boxy in shape. The elasticized neckline and sleeves bring the dress in and give it shape.

Because this style of dress is loose, after sewing, it starts as a dress, but as your little one grows, she can continue to wear it as a tunic or top. (Another great “grow with her” dress is a pillowcase dress and (of course) I have a free pillowcase dress pattern available as well.)

peasant dress pattern

This printable PDF Peasant Dress Pattern is free. The file includes the full dress and 2 sleeve shapes (short and long.)

I have updated the pattern over the years and the peasant dress pattern is currently available in 7 different sizes: 12 to 18 months, 2t/3t, 4/6, 7/8, 9/10, 12, and 14.

(Note: On the last pattern update (May ’18) I updated the pattern to include the full dress instead of just the bodice. I personally prefer the original bodice-only version because it uses half the amount of paper.  If you prefer that version too, I did keep a copy of the original pattern available. (You’ll find the link to that version in my private Facebook group. It’s also a great place to show off your creations.)

how to sew a Peasant Dress

For the peasant dress version I’m showcasing today, I opted to keep the dress simple and let the two fabrics make the statement for our fall pumpkin photos.

I am loving tunic length right now. The length is perfect for school as it allows my missy to wear leggings and still adhere to the dress code.

Peasant Dress Pattern Fabric Amount Suggestions

When it comes to fabric used in my sewing projects, I am very conservative. I’ll fold and refold, move fabric pieces around to use as little fabric as possible. The fabric estimates listed below are what I used for each size.

If you make a mistake or don’t cut properly, you might not have enough fabric.  So cut wisely and feel free to add 1/2 yard to my suggestions below.

  • 12 mo to 3t: Will easily fit on 1 yard of 40-inch wide fabric
  • 4 to 6: With creative fabric wrangling on fabric with no directional fabric nap, you can just barely fit a size 6 with short sleeves on one yard of fabric.  If your fabric will only go in one direction, you will need 1 3/8 yard.
  • 7 to 12: you can fit these sizes + the long sleeve on 1 3/4 yard
  • 14: 2 yards of fabric
  • When I say “creative fabric wrangling” that means you will fold the fabric to use the least amount possible for the 1st cut, then refold for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th cut.

Fit Chart

*Note:  This peasant dress pattern goes up to size 14.

Materials Needed to Sew a Peasant Dress

  • Pattern (When printing, be sure to save the pattern to your pc, open in adobe reader choose auto/landscape and print at actual size.)
  • 1 to 2+ yards of fabric
  • 1/4 inch Elastic (I have some elastic cutting estimates at the bottom, but if possible, you should fit the dress on the child.)
  • iron
  • basic sewing supplies (such as Pinking shearsfabric marker or fabric chalk, scissors, ruler )

Elastic cutting guide for the peasant dress pattern

Neck Elastic:

  • 12 to 18 months: 15 to 16 inches
  • 2t/3t: 17 to 20 inches
  • 4/6: 19 to 20 inches
  • 7: 20 to 21 inches
  • 8: 21 to 22
  • 10: 22 to 23
  • 12: 23 to 23.5
  • 14: 23.5 to 24

Arm Elastic (if you chose to add arm elastic):

  • 12 to 18 months: 7 to 7.5 inches
  • 2t/3t: 8 inches
  • 4/6: 8.75 inches
  • 7: 9 to 9.5 inches
  • 8: 9 to 9.5 inches
  • 10: 9.75 to 10
  • 12: 10.25 to 10.5
  • 14: 10.5 to 11
  1. My favorite shops for fabric are Fabric.com, girl charlie and Stylish Fabrics.  (My fave for knits is Funkalicious Fabrics.)
  2. My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Machine with Extension Table, Bonus Accessories and Hard Cover
  3. My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger
  4. Pinking Shears
  5. Rotary Cutter
  6. I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start off with a smaller Cutting set
  7. Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen
  8. Fray Check
  9. Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!

Fabric Layout Guide

Pattern tips and tricks: Important, please read!

  1. *** Important pattern printing tip***  When printing the patterns, do not print directly from Google docs.  Save the pattern to your computer and open it in your adobe acrobat reader, choose actual size auto portrait landscape and print. (If you use any program other than the adobe reader, there is no guarantee the pages will print at the appropriate size.)
  2. Peasant dresses/tops are designed to be roomy, if you prefer a slimmer fit, move the bodice pattern over from the fold by about 1/2 inch.   (I frequently do this.)
  3. The short sleeves are so cute if you shirr or add elastic to the bottom.  (Unless it’s a nightgown, then I usually leave the elastic out of the sleeves…)
  4. This Free Peasant Dress Pattern includes a 1/4 inch seam allowance unless otherwise noted in the instructions.
  5. Pattern note:  If you choose to sew 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 in all ways.   
  6. The long sleeve pattern comes in a regular (fuller) sleeve style and a narrow sleeve for knits.  (I only recommend the narrower version when you are using stretch/knit fabric.)

Update: the latest version of the adobe reader allows you to print different layers.  Each pattern size is on its own layer, so you are able to save ink and print only the size you need.  (Click the icon that looks like a stack of papers to see the layers and click the eyeball to turn off the ones you don’t want.)

peasant dress pattern

Have fun making your dresses and as always, if you sew something from one of my tutorials or patterns I would love to see it!  Be sure to come back and share a photo on my facebook page or tag me on Instagram @scatteredmom, with #scatteredmompatterns!

FYI:  I update my patterns yearly with new sizes!  To be notified about new patterns, tutorials pattern updates and fun family recipes, be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter.  =>> Here.

Ready to Learn How to Sew a Peasant Dress?  

Visit my Shop and add the free pattern to your cart and check out. Then come back here for the sewing instructions.

Where Do I get the Pattern?

  • To get the pattern, don’t forget, you must navigate to the peasant dress pattern page in my shop
  • Enter your name and email and check out (it’s free.)
  • The pattern will be emailed to you.
  • Click the Pattern link and the pattern automatically saves to your computer.
  • Open The free Adobe reader and then open the pattern file. (Don’t print from directly from google’s online version of adobe reader.  It will sometimes cause the pattern to print to small or it just won’t open.)

Pattern Info:

  • All measurements are in inches.
  • Seam allowance is 1/4 inch with a 1/2 inch bottom.

Peasant Dress Sewing Instructions

(printable instructions, with no photos, can be found at the bottom of page)

 

Step 1: Print your pattern pieces and cut them out and tape them together. 

Full pattern looks like this:

free peasant dress pattern

Assembly in progress:

Tip: There are two necklines on the dress pattern piece.  To make it easier, you can print the bodice twice (page 1 and 2) then cut out the back neckline on one and the front neckline on the second.

free peasant dress pattern

Step 2:  Cut pattern pieces from fabric:

Line dress and sleeve pattern pieces up on the fold of the fabric.

Cut one front dress piece, one back dress piece, and two sleeves.  (Using either the short sleeve or long sleeve pattern.)

If using the long sleeve pattern, there is an optional narrow sleeve for use on a stretch knits only.

make a peasant dress

You will have: 1 Front piece, 1 back piece and 2 sleeves.

 

Step 3: Assemble the dress.

Right sides together, line up the sleeve edges with the armhole edges of the dress front.  Sew along this seam (marked in blue) using the 1/4 inch seam allowance and finish the edge with a serger, zig zag stitch or Pinking Shears.

Grab the back dress piece and line up the other sleeve edges and sew the arm/sleeve edges the same way.

When you are done with this step the pieces will connect like below.  (No laughing at my drawing skills…)

how to sew a peasant dress

Next, line up the front and back pieces and sew down the sleeve edge all the way to the bottom of the dress, do both sides and finish the seam edge with your preferred method.

 

Step 4: Create the Elastic Casing.

To create the neck casing, fold the edge of the neckline in 1/4 inch and press.  Fold the neckline over another half inch and press again.  Use pins if needed, but be careful not to melt your pinheads when pressing!

Stitch along the edge of the casing, a scant 1/8 inch from the folded edge.  Backstitch at the beginning and end and leave a 1.5 inch opening in the casing to insert the elastic.

Cut your elastic according to this guide.  (Keep in mind you may want to cinch up your neck line more or less depending on how the dress is fitting:)

  • 12 to 18 months: 15 to 16 inches
  • 2t/3t: 17 to 20 inches
  • 4/6: 19 to 20 inches
  • 7: 20 to 21 inches
  • 8: 21 to 22
  • 10: 22 to 23
  • 12: 23 to 23.5
  • 14: 23.5 to 24

Attach a safety pin to the edge of the elastic and thread the elastic through the casing.  Have your model try on your dress if possible and make any needed adjustments.

free peasant dress tutorial

Sew the elastic ends together (Be careful not to twist them) using a wide zigzag stitch and trim any excess elastic.  Finish sewing the elastic casing closed.

 

Step 5:  Hemming the Dress.

Fold the bottom edge over 1/2 inch, press, fold over another 1/2 inch press again and sew along the folded edge.

Step 6:  Sleeve Finishing Options:

To finish the sleeves of your dress, you have a couple of options:  Shirring the Sleeve edge, creating a casing and adding elastic or just hemming.

Here are some examples of the different sleeve options and the instructions to do them:

1.  Shirring the sleeve edge:

Fold the sleeve edge over 1/4 inch, press, fold another 1/4 inch press again and sew along the folded edge.  With elastic thread on your bobbin, add 3 to 4 rows of shirring, 1/4 inch apart.  For a more detailed shirring tutorial, see my shirred sundress tutorial.

2.  Adding a casing:free baby peasant dress pattern

The arm casings are created just like the neck casing.  Elastic cutting guide lengths for the arms:

  • 12 to 18 months: 7 to 7.5 inches
  • 2t/3t: 8 inches
  • 4/6: 8.75 inches
  • 7: 9 to 9.5 inches
  • 8: 9 to 9.5 inches
  • 10: 9.75 to 10
  • 12: 10.25 to 10.5
  • 14: 10.5 to 11

3.  Hemming the sleeves:

You can also hem the sleeve w/out adding elastic as I did with this nightgown.  This is the easiest option and is still very cute.  Just fold the sleeve edge over 1/4 inch, press, fold over another 1/4 inch press again and sew.

peasant dress tutorial

That’s it!  Your peasant dress is done!  Go have your little one try it on and pose for a few pictures to share!

 

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How to Sew a Peasant Dress

Learn how to sew a peasant dress With this free peasant dress pattern (size 12 month to 14 yr)

Learn to sew a peasant dress with this free girl's peasant dress pattern. Peasant Dresses truly are one of the simplest dresses to sew. No buttons, zippers or labor intensive fabric gathering is needed

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • Pattern (When printing, be sure to save the pattern to your pc, open in adobe reader choose auto/landscape and print at actual size.)
  • 1 to 2+ yards of fabric
  • 1/4 inch Elastic (I have some elastic cutting estimates at the bottom, but if possible, you should fit the dress on the child.)
  • iron
  • basic sewing supplies (Ex: Pinking shears, fabric marker, pins, scissors, ruler )

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Basic Sewing supplies

Instructions

Step 1: Print your pattern pieces and cut them out and tape them together. 

  1. Tip: There are two necklines on the dress pattern piece.  To make it easier, you can print the bodice twice (page 1 and 2) then cut out the back neckline on one and the front neckline on the second.

Step 2:  Cut pattern pieces from fabric:

  1. Line dress and sleeve pattern pieces up on the fold of the fabric.
  2. Cut one front dress piece, one back dress piece, and two sleeves.  (Using either the short sleeve or long sleeve pattern.)
  3. Tip: If using the long sleeve pattern, there is an optional narrow sleeve for use on a stretch knits only.
  4. You will have: 1 Front piece, 1 back piece and 2 sleeves.

Step 3: Assemble the dress.

  1. Right sides together, line up the sleeve edges with the armhole edges of the dress front.  Sew along this seam (marked in blue) using the 1/4 inch seam allowance and finish the edge with a serger, zig zag stitch or Pinking Shears.
  2. Grab the back dress piece and line up the other sleeve edges and sew the arm/sleeve edges the same way.
  3. When you are done with this step the pieces will connect like below.  (No laughing at my drawing skills…)
  4. Next, line up the front and back pieces and sew down the sleeve edge all the way to the bottom of the dress, do both sides and finish the seam edge with your preferred method.

Step 4: Create the Elastic Casing.

  1. To create the neck casing, fold the edge of the neckline in 1/4 inch and press.  Fold the neckline over another half inch and press again.  Use pins if needed, but be careful not to melt your pinheads when pressing!
  2. Stitch along the edge of the casing, a scant 1/8 inch from the folded edge.  Backstitch at the beginning and end and leave a 1.5 inch opening in the casing to insert the elastic.
  3. Cut your elastic according to this guide.  (Keep in mind you may want to cinch up your neck line more or less depending on how the dress is fitting:)
  4. 12 to 18 months: 15 to 16 inches
  5. 2t/3t: 17 to 20 inches
  6. 4/6: 19 to 20 inches
  7. 7: 20 to 21 inches
  8. 8: 21 to 22
  9. 10: 22 to 23
  10. 12: 23 to 23.5
  11. 14: 23.5 to 24
  12. Attach a safety pin to the edge of the elastic and thread the elastic through the casing.  Have your model try on your dress if possible and make any needed adjustments.
  13. Sew the elastic ends together (Be careful not to twist them) using a wide zigzag stitch and trim any excess elastic.  Finish sewing the elastic casing closed.

Step 5:  Hemming the Dress.

  1. Fold the bottom edge over 1/2 inch, press, fold over another 1/2 inch press again and sew along the folded edge.

Step 6:  Sleeve Finishing Options:

  1. To finish the sleeves of your dress, you have a couple of options:  Shirring the Sleeve edge, creating a casing and adding elastic or just hemming.
  2. Here are some examples of the different sleeve options and the instructions to do them:

1.  Shirring the sleeve edge:

  1. Fold the sleeve edge over 1/4 inch, press, fold another 1/4 inch press again and sew along the folded edge.  With elastic thread on your bobbin, add 3 to 4 rows of shirring, 1/4 inch apart.  For a more detailed shirring tutorial, see my shirred sundress tutorial.

 2. Adding a casing:

  1. The arm casings are created just like the neck casing.  Elastic cutting guide lengths for the arms:
  2. 12 to 18 months: 7 to 7.5 inches
  3. 2t/3t: 8 inches
  4. 4/6: 8.75 inches
  5. 7: 9 to 9.5 inches
  6. 8: 9 to 9.5 inches
  7. 10: 9.75 to 10
  8. 12: 10.25 to 10.5
  9. 14: 10.5 to 11

3.  Hemming the sleeves:

  1. You can also hem the sleeve w/out adding elastic as I did with this nightgown.  This is the easiest option and is still very cute.  Just fold the sleeve edge over 1/4 inch, press, fold over another 1/4 inch press again, and sew.

That’s it!  

  1. Your peasant dress is done!  Go have your little one try it on and pose for a few pictures to share!

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238 Comments

  1. This pattern is everything! My niece loves her new top so very much. She stayed with me at the sewing machine and watched every step.

  2. Rhoda Brubacher says:

    Thank you for sharing this pattern! I made 7, 18mo-2yr dresses for a charity organization that sends overseas to people in need. Pattern is very simple and printed off and fit together very well! Thanks again!!

  3. Thank you for making this a free pattern. I plan to make my granddaughter flannel nightgowns for cold weather, and possibly jersey knit material for warmer weather. Thanks again.

  4. Hi Jamie, thank you for this adorable pattern. I just finished a 4T dress for my daughter & am about to start a nightgown for her because I like the pattern so much. I have 2 questions for you. 1- Are you OK if myself & a few ladies from our church use your pattern to donate dresses to Dress A Girl Around the World? 2- Do you have a size 16 pattern for this dress, or any advice to modify the pattern to achieve a size 16? I modified the seam allowances so I can use French seams, but I’m not sure how to do a size up for the older girls. Thank you again for posting this pattern, I love it & look forward to making dresses in all the pattern sizes. I just love to sew!!!

    1. Feel free to use the pattern however you like and if you google the “slash and spread” method, you will find few tutorials on how to make patterns larger/smaller.

  5. Sandy Perry says:

    I have downloaded your peasant dress pattern but haven’t had a chance to create one yet. I found your site due to a link posted on Dress a Girl Around the World website. I have sewn dresses for 10+ years and all our instructions stress 1/2″ seam minimum due to the hard conditions in many 3rd world countries. I was then surprised to see your patterns work with a 1/4″seam. This would hardly hold up to harsh conditions overseas, so I am asking why such a small seam allowance? Will it work with a 1/2″ seam allowance? Otherwise, I can’t really use this pattern. Thanks for replying. Sandy Perry

    1. I created this pattern for myself and my daughter over 11 years ago. I made that pattern based on how I sew, not on how other people sew. Overtime people seem to like this pattern so I give it away for free. And continued to make more patterns (that are free), because I thought it was fun.

      This pattern has been downloaded over 100,000 times. Could you imagine if I had charged even $1 a pattern? Even though I have spent hundreds of hours creating the pattern and maintaining my website and lots of money on software, materials and equipment. Yet I still give the pattern away for free.
      You are 100% welcome to add seam allowances to this pattern. (Not that hard, just cut it out .25 inches larger.) But if you’re just going to complain, please move on.

      Here is a link to a peasant dress on etsy that might be a better fit for you. https://tidd.ly/3Fvj6qu

  6. Loved this. Made 6 flannel nightgowns by just adding length.

    1. Ilda vd Merwe says:

      Lovely pattern. I made a Frozen themed dress for my granddaughter. Thank you!

  7. Helen Sanderson says:

    I have a copy of your Peasant Dress pattern with only the bodice. Could you advise how much longer to cut the front and back for sizes 12/18 months, ages 2/3, 4/6 and 7/8.

    Thank you for your assistance.

  8. Rose Delloye says:

    Hi Jamie
    Just printed out the peasant dress to make for my grandkiddo she is a 14 but the printed pattern only goes to size 8? Did I miss something?

  9. Many thanks for the pattern – it is a lifesaver! My daugher broke her collarbone and we can put this dress/tunic easily on and off without any painful movement.
    Thank you so much!

  10. Thanks for this pattern! I have a one year old granddaughter I have not met yet, since she is in the UK and I am in Spain. I have just made 2 of these from fabric remnants I had hanging around and they look really cute!
    I do have a great tip for anyone using your patterns. The pages can be best trimmed if you have a paper guillotine, nice and quick.
    The other tip comes from me being a user of cutting machines (papercrafting). For those not familiar, we use sticky mats to hold our card while the machines cut – it’s just a sheet of plastic with a temporary hold adhesive on it. Now, the great thing is that if you have a low tack mat, you can place a sheet of A4 on it and it acts as another pair of hands while you align the next one! Makes it so much easier.

  11. The Peasant dress is my very favorite for making nightgowns for my 4 youngest granddaughters. I am not a fast sewer, but these sew up fast and are so cute and comfy. Thank you so much !

  12. Lorie Sutter says:

    Can’t wait for the pattern

  13. Thank you for providing this brilliant pattern and tutorial. I have made one for my Granddaughter ready for the summer. She loves it and her sister would like one too.

    I am going to attempt the other patterns as you have made them so easy.

    Thank you so much

    Mandie

  14. Elizabeth Easterly says:

    I’ve been following you for about three years. I love your patterns and enthusiasm! I have one suggestion, and that is to please number the pages so it is easier to put the pattern together? Thanks so much for all the great ideas.

    1. Not a bad idea, I have started to do that on everthing I’m creating going forward.. Not sure how timely I’ll be on adding to older patterns though.

  15. I made this dress for my little girl twice, the second time around I added shirring around the armholes and waistline. She absolutely loves it and feels like a ‘princess’ when she wears it. First time I tried my go at shirring and with a bit of trial and error I finally worked it out. Hardest part was printing out the pattern and sticking them all together. Loved the way the dress came out and I will definitely be sewing some more dresses you have on your site. Thanks for your free patterns which are great for beginners.

    1. I definitely agree about printing and taping! I have a few on the site that I call paper saving – where you just print the bodice and either draw min the skirt or cut the skirt based on measurements I give.

  16. Oops, sorry, just changed some formatting and it caused the links to not be highlighted. Look under materials needed and the word “pattern” Is a link to the pattern download page. (should be highlighted teal now.)

  17. Jan Miller says:

    What is the finished width at the bottom of the dress. I need it to be at least 42″ around after seaming.

  18. I made this last as a Halloween costume for my youngest daughter. I lengthened the tunic and used long sleeves. I added belt made from tulle, with tulle strips hanging down, and a waist length cape attached at the shoulders. She loves her ‘Elsa’ costume.

    I’m going to pull out some flannel and make her a few nightgowns this weekend.

  19. Wendy Harvey says:

    Love this pattern. Have made several for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. I am in Australia and sent one to NZ last year for my cousin’s 3yr old granddaughter. Used 4-6 size and she is wearing now. Just made her 2 more as she didn’t want to take it off. So quick and easy to make. Thank you

  20. I made two of these dresses for the Little African Dresses. They have their own pattern, but I just wanted something different. Their pattern are all ties on the shoulder. I would like more simple dress pattern that I could make for them.

  21. Selinda Simones says:

    First ever dress I’ve made. Amazing instructions. Turned out fantastic. I’m so happy. I made the 18 month size and it fits my 11 month old great and even works as a shirt for my almost 3 year old.

    Thanks for the help!

    1. please make it in size 16!

  22. Bianca Armstrong says:

    What type material is recommended for this dress? Woven or knit?

    1. You can use what ever type of fabric you like. I have made it with both knits and quilting cotton.

  23. susan nickol says:

    I did this pattern I cut the pattern for a 12 month and 4/5/6 pattern. Then sewed them up it was super fast and easy. I love how they came out I actually sewed them for nightgowns, after having trouble finding a pattern I liked for night gowns I found this.

    1. The best part is, after they get too small, you can add new/longer elastic to the neckline and they will last another year or two!

  24. Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern. I have a 4 year old granddaughter, who takes size 7/8 clothes and your size 7 pattern fits her perfectly. I’ve made 4 versions of this top so far (both long and short sleeved) and will be making many more. With the pandemic here in the UK and short time working in effect, money is tight for our families and I have a stash of fabric that your patterns are helping me transform into clothes for my granddaughters to help get us all through the difficult months ahead. Not to mention the positive effect this is having on my mental health too! Bless you for your generosity. I can’t thank you enough. I’m going to try the simple pants next.

  25. Shannon Martin-Stewart says:

    Question: With elastic being hard to find, how would I adjust this pattern to maybe have a string/tie set up?
    And this peasant dress is the second pattern I am saving the pattern again and I appreciate you so much for making it fun and easy to sew again!!!!!

  26. Thanks so much for the pattern and the tutorial. So easy to follow. Made for my 2 granddaughters.

  27. patrizia de magistris says:

    Sorry!!… All clear and quite done!!

  28. patrizia de magistris says:

    hello Jamie, i’ve just finished to cut the patter (1 year size) and I’m wondering what is the piece on page two for?
    … please help me!
    thank you in advance!!

  29. Kanika singh says:

    Hey thanks for the lovely pattern my daughter is 11 but taller for age could hardly find any patterns in her size .i had a question regarding the regular sleeves. What would be the dimensions for the normal sleeves without the strech

  30. Marilyn Henderson says:

    I am getting ready to start this project for my grandaughters. I love it. I do have a question about printing. Mine doesn’t have a button saying actual size. Is there something else I should do for printing?

    1. If you are printing from the free adobe acrobat reader program. Your choices will be:
      1. fit (don’t use this as it will change the size of the pattern to fit the paper you are using.)
      2. Actual size use this as it will print the pattern at the size I drew it.
      3. Shrink oversized pages Don’t use.

      Before printing the entire pattern, you can print page 1 only, and use a ruler to measure the 1-inch square to confirm your printer is printing the pattern properly.

      Good luck

  31. Heather Rogers says:

    Thank you for the tip about printing individual layers. It’s so helpful!

  32. Hi,
    I looked again. The parent who sent the pages (not assembled) had printed them in black and white, so the color code was not visible and all I saw was the number 8 at the bottom of the last size. I ordered the pattern for myself and now I see that the bottom line is for sizes 8-14.

    1. I’m having the same trouble. I want to make size 14. Is the length supposed to be the same for sizes 8 through 14?

      1. of course not. If you would look at the pattern closely, you would see that the larger sizes are aligned at the bottom, to save on printing paper. Look at the top, there are several inches difference. There is even a nice photo in step one that shows how the sizes are aligned.

  33. I am writing about the peasant dress pattern. I saved it to my computer it but it only goes up to size 8. Page 1 shows all the colors up to size 14; the description says it should go up to size 14 years. Is there another one somewhere? This is for a young girl to sew herself, so the option of sizing it up to fit is too much to expect

  34. Kari Horak says:

    Thank you so much for making this available! I am wanting to make these for my 10 year old granddaughters and am wondering how much fabric I should buy for a long sleeve tunic for a size 10? Thanks!

  35. Tiffani Piehl says:

    Made this pattern for my daughter to wear at her ballet recital. First, it was SO EASY! Second, I was able to use very little fabric (size 7) to get it done, which was a bonus. I loved this pattern – thanks for putting it together!
    Wondering how you would adjust the pattern to make it sleeveless? I’m thinking of making a tunic version for her to wear on the 4th of July, but I think sleeveless would be better. I’m wondering about maybe just making it without sleeves and threading a tie instead of elastic through the front and back? thoughts?
    Here she is: photo 1 and here is a better pic of dress some floral embellishments. 🙂 photo 2

    1. Tiffani A Piehl says:

      Oops! Found the peasant shirt with flutter sleeves pattern so I’m good! 🙂 She’s going to love it! I’m making matching pull on shorts for her brother.

  36. This has been a go to pattern for me for years! I’m thinking about converting the flutter sleeve option into a jumpsuit/romper? Any tips or pattern suggestions would be appreciated.

  37. Anna Lena says:

    Hallo,
    darf ich nach diesem Schnitt angefertigte Einzelstücke verkaufen in meinem Shop?

    1. You may sell items you make with my patterns as long as you link back to my page in your listing. Read my terms and conditions here.

      1. Jacqueline O Smith says:

        Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern; I can’t wait to try it for my 3 year-old great-granddaughter.

  38. Myra Aviles says:

    Hi! I would love to do this for my young granddaughter. But I am having problems in printing the pattern. You see, I only have a laser printer and the yellow lines are not visible when printing in gray scale. Do you have the same pattern in different line styles instead of different colors?
    Thank you for making this available.

    1. At this point, no. But going forward, I will avoid yellow.

  39. This is a really cute pattern but I ran into a problem making it. I saved the full dress pattern, not just the bodice. I found that there is too much curve at the side seam and I ended up with an inverted ‘V’ at the side seam. I am making a size 14. I ended up removing 1 1/8 inches from the center front and tapering it with a very slight curve to the side seam. It helped that I had an A-line dress pattern to copy.

    1. thank you for the input, i will take a look, should be an easy fix.

  40. Hi Jamie
    Thanks for sharing the pattern. I just was wondering, if it’s possible to make a dress A-line, so it’s not that wide in the chest area?

    1. yes, you can give it a try. When I make this pattern I will sometimes move the pattern back off the fold about 3/4 inch and redraw the skirt line.

      1. Thanks Jamie

  41. Linda Cottrell says:

    I love the peasant dress pattern. I have used it to make dresses for girls in Central America. I have lost count of the number that I have made. It is such an easy dress to make.

  42. Hi there,

    Thank you for providing these patterns. I made an ankle length version of this for a baker’s daughter costume for my daughter’s school play. It was very easy. The only problem I encountered was that arm hole was a bit tight – a bit looser would have been good. Had I had more material, I would also have added in some gores to the skirt part of the dress to make it a bit more full and roomy but perfectly fine for what we needed!

  43. LOVE this dress. I’ve made two for a friend’s granddaughter, and making a third one now for another friend’s granddaughter. I was inspired by your fall fabric version. Forgot to take photos of the other two, but will get a photo of the next one I make. THANK YOU! You’ve made this beginner sewer happy and made some little girls VERY happy!

  44. Your first pattern was super easy to follow, the new version took a lot of time and was frustrating to put together because I can only print in black. I think my page 6 is off or something because half the lines don’t match up. Is anyone else having an issue? I made several dresses from your first pattern and was hoping to reprint the exact one for the next few sizes.

    1. I actually do not care for the full patter either, lol. I do not enjoy putting huge patterns together. But I took several polls over the last couple of years and the only people who spoke up were those that wanted a full pattern. The original is still available. Go to page one where I talk about the pattern and look under the change log to find the link to that version.

      1. Oh hurrah! I love the small pattern. I came back for the measurements and was worried it was gone…
        Thanks for a great blog 🙂

  45. Muchísimas gracias por su tutorial y por haberme resuelto los problemas que tenía para obtener el patrón de 14 años. Es un vestido monísimo, cómodo y del que uno no se cansa. He hecho varios para mis nietas, a medida que han ido cumpliendo años, y siempre han quedado encantadas. Escribo en español, desde España, porque me gusta mucho poder establecer contacto a miles de kilómetros: ¡ahora sí que el mundo es un pañuelo gracias a internet!

    1. De nada, ¡gracias por visitarnos con un comentario!

  46. Thanks for this pattern! I just made my two great nieces and granddaughter one. Very easy instructions to follow. I just hope they fit. They live on opposite sides of the country!

  47. I have used your original pattern with great results. I was excited to see the larger sizes! However, the bigger sizes seem a little short. So, I was wondering… where are these dresses supposed to fall, above the knee maybe? Can I just add a few inches to the bottom without a problem? New to sewing…

    1. Hello, this is the link to the measurement chart I have based all of my more recent patterns on: http://www.basteandgather.com/blog/standard-body-measurements-create-size-chart (including this pattern update.) The finished length of the peasant dress is designed to hit just above the knee. (which is different from the suggested measurements of the old bodice pattern which hit mid to lower knee.) The size 12 is 26.75 inches from armscye to bottom hem. The 14 is 28.5 from armscye to bottom hem. (Seam and hem allowances have been subtracted from those two numbers.) On an average size girl (numbers from that chart) this length will hit right at the top of the knee. (which is slightly shorter than the test version I featured in the flounce sleeve tutorial the other day – my daughter and I both disliked how dowdy the longer length was on her.) I don’t believe I reflected this change in the instructions when I updated it but will do so now. Sometime in the future, I plan to add a tunic length cut line and probably a chart for finished pattern measurements.

      1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate the clarification. I am making these dresses for Dress A Girl. I think I will go ahead and leave them a little long, in hopes that leaving room to grow will help them last a little longer.

  48. I am having a difficult time printing this pattern 🙁
    I did as instructed, saved to my computer, opened in adobe reader. Printed at 100%.
    Is that correct? I am anxious to sew this dress. I have printed online patterns before. I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong.
    The 1″box on the pattern measures out 1″, however the rest of the pattern is not printing onto the paper.
    Thanks 🙂 🙂

    1. Hello I’m not sure if you have made it over to the directions page, but currently, this pattern is only the bodice and sleeve (both long and short) and you draw in the skirt based on your measurements (or the measurements provided.) So it is 7 pages. When printing, you should choose actual size and auto landscape/portrait. (It prints in landscape.)

      That being said though, I am in the process of remaking this pattern to include the skirt – should be ready by the end of the week.

      1. sugarant1000 says:

        Thank you for the quick reply! I tried to read the printing directions, but may have missed the detail of “auto landscape/portrait”. And well, it worked!
        I am trying to sew amid a 4 year old with a broken thumb, and 2 with the stomach bug. It’s not a pleasant picture, but I have a deadline lol.
        I can’t wait for the updated pattern. I am always skeptical to my sewing skills.

      2. This is a great starter pattern, I’m sure yours will turn out just fine!

  49. I’ve made this dress several times. It’s so quick and simple. It’s easy to read and was perfect for when I was a beginner sewer, and is still great now. I’ve used it to make Halloween costumes that later turned into dress up clothes, I’ve used it to make a simple shift dress for the Renaissance Festival, and to make a simple top for my girls.

    Thanks.

  50. You are a life saver with this free peasant dress pattern! Thank you so much, it turned out perfectly!

  51. Debbie H. says:

    I’m so grateful for the work and time you give. Just wanted to share how much your pattern meant to a little girl, and me. Over a year ago I made a dress and pjs for my granddaughter. I just received a text with a photo of a pleading face asking for a larger pj. Right now it is very cold and I made the peasant dress out of flannel with a ruffle on the bottom to extend the use. Poor child can barely fit into it as a shirt! She doesn’t want to give it up! Bless you for having the pattern ready in a larger size! I will be sewing away promptly with a joyful heart!

    1. Thank you! My daughter is going through the exact same thing right now. She has completely outgrown all her nightgowns I’ve made with this pattern. I’ve even replaced the elastic to make them last longer. At Christmas time, I tried to find some larger sized nightgowns I could just purchase so she could have something to wear that fit properly, but they were all sold out everywhere! She needs a size 12 now (or 14 since I like to size up.) I am in the process of adding a few more larger sizes very soon and making my poor lil missy some new nightgowns!

  52. Hi thanks so much love the tutorial and pattern. I’m making one up for my daughter who is 7mths old – using the 12mth old pattern. Was wondering if I can adjust it to make a size to fit her now? perhaps take it in?

    1. You could try sliding the bodice and sleeve pieces over about an inch past the fold (so the pieces will be narrower) I also think since she is crawling, you will want the dress/to be a wider fit on the bottom. So measure over 2.5 inches from the armscye to get the bottom skirt width.

      Good luck!

  53. Got it! thanks so much you saved Christmas!

  54. Know those recipes where people say “I changed everything about it, but it’s a great recipe!” That was me making this nightgown. I didn’t know how I was going to make it, so I bought material weeks ago. I didn’t have enough for sleeves. I did have enough for some thin straps, so I did that. And since I didn’t sew sleeves to it, I did a rolled hem on the bottom of the straps & the arm hole (because I didn’t have enough for facing either). I anticipate quite a few summer dresses for the granddaughter, & yearly jammies now that I’ve found this pattern, so I’ll have opportunity to get it right.
    Thanks, it’s exactly what I was looking for (& I want a grown-up size because it’s adorable)!

    1. Ha ha, Angela, I know exactly what you mean! One of the reasons I love this pattern so much is you can change it up and do so much with it. I’m going to be adding a couple of larger sizes to the pattern this spring and I am also hoping to get to an adult version too. Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by with a comment!
      ~Jamie

  55. Wow what a great pattern! Thank you so much! I used it with the new “in” fabric musselin and I really like one fpr myself now 🙂 Will definitely make some more peasant dresses!

  56. Thank you so much for this tutorial! It was so easy to follow your instructions. I used it to make a costume for my daughter’s 2nd grade project. So helpful!

  57. Thank you so much for this pattern. I can’t wait to use it to make a nightdress for my daughter!

  58. Thank you so much for your free pattern, it is perfect for the dresses for Africa project. I have made 6 dresses so far. Your pattern was easy to understand and sew. I plan on making many more, your dresses are blessing others across the globe.

  59. Barbara Davis says:

    I have used this pattern in the past for a charity in Haiti. But I have misplaced it. Getting ready to start up my spring sewing.
    This is a very easy pattern to use and the dresses are so cute!

  60. Thanks so much for the tutorial and pattern – looking forward to making some of these for my granddaughter this summer!

  61. Kayla Bradford says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’m a begginer, and this was wonderful!!! I may have spent all day on it lol, but I’m very happy with my first peasant dress!

  62. Fed up with all these PDF patterns on the net. Wish they would sell the paper patterns. I do not think it is the same.

    1. I agree that pdf patterns are a pain to put together, but that’s just the way things are now. I am sure you can find a peasant dress tissue/paper pattern to purchase at your local sewing store. But keep in mind this one is free and has been used over 55,000 times. (just imagine if I had a dollar for every time someone “bought” this pttern. I’d have a fully-funded college savings account for both kids.)

  63. Pefect pattern for my daughter’s Princess Leia costume

  64. Jessie Cunliffe says:

    Just what I needed. Thank you!

  65. How do i get to the tutorial. Your page is so heavy with adds It took forever and still did not completely load. I understand its for money. I get that, but wow. I got the pattern but see no way of sewing instructions..

    1. I’m so glad you found the pattern! I have put countless hours and money into the upkeep of this website and the creation of over 120 patterns and tutorials that I make available at no cost to you. I hope you enjoy this pattern and are able to sew something pretty for a loved one or someone in need.
      The ads load after the content has loaded and does not slow the page down. The reason it is slow is that is that there are many photos in this post and that does take time to load.

      If the ads or load time bother you, I suggest you purchase a pattern on etsy. That way your purchase price gets you an ad-free pattern! Here is one that only costs only $6.95: http://tidd.ly/ead68369

      Good luck, Jamie

  66. Been looking for a dress like this – thanks so much! However, I saved it, and put my printing to "no scale". Doing this, the 1" box measures out perfect, but the gray boxes have no gray top to them at the top of each page, and just show a tiny bit of the oval with the letter. Should I just line up where the oval with the letter is or am I missing a printer setting? I'm printing in landscape, but don't see any other print settings to use. Thanks

    1. Hi Mary, you can check the box for actual size and auto portrait/landscape. That should center the pattern and still print it at the correct size.
      Good luck,
      Jamie

    1. The link is working, I'm unable to email it. Maybe you can get someone to help you figure it out.
      Good luck!

  67. Thank you, Jamie for the great pattern, I´ve linked your tutorial on my blog – spread the word in the german speaking countrys 😉
    Catrin

  68. This was very helpful (I never made a peasant dress before). I just finished my daughters dress and I will be linking your tutorial to my blog. Thanks again!

  69. Hi, have tried this dress and turned out great. My daughter is happy with this dress and also have sewn her tank top. All of your patterns are easy to follow with detailed instructions, photos and suggested variations. Wow, you are great. Will like to thank you for such great free and easy to follow patterns. Will you mind if I share link for this pattern on other blogs or site? Thank you very much!

    1. Hi Amruta, I'm happy to have you share the link to the tutorial posts! I made a choice to not to sell my patterns, but to share them for free and just make what I can from the advertisements on my blog. So the more people who visit, the better! (Keeps me in craft supplies and fabric, lol!)
      Thanks for asking!
      ~Jamie

  70. I just wanted to thank you for this awesome pattern! Your instructions and photos are so easy to follow. I was able to bust out three dresses last week with varying accents for my daughter! Will definitely be making more.

  71. Hi Jamie,

    I had just sewn a top for my 2+ year old daughter and it turned out lovely.

    Was wondering what the front and back necklines measurements would be for an adult woman (size 10/12 UK) and how much elastic would be needed, please?

    Thanks.

    1. Hi, I don't have those measurements yet, but it is definitely on my to do list!