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Free Peasant Dress Pattern, sz 12 m to 10 y
Pattern tips and tricks: Important, please read!:
1. *** Important pattern printing tip*** When printing the patterns, do not print directly from Google docs. Download 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 gurantee 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 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 will leave the elastic out of the sleeves…)
5. Pattern includes a 1/4 inch seam allowance, unless otherwise noted in the instructions
6. 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 all ways. 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.)
7. Want to make a modern version of the peasant dress with a sash? Jump to this tutorial.
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.)
- My favorite shops for fabric are Fabric.com, girl charlie and Stylish Fabrics. (My fave for knits is Funkalicious Fabrics.)
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Machine with Extension Table, Bonus Accessories and Hard Cover
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger
- 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
- Fray Check
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
Fabric amount suggestions:
I am very conservative with my fabric when I sew. I will fold and refold, move fabric pieces around to use as little fabric as possible. The fabric estimates 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 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 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.
Fabric layout guide:
Fit Chart: Coming soon
- 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.)
- Pattern. (When printing, be sure to download the pattern to your pc, open in adobe reader and turn off all scaling.)
- basic sewing supplies (such as Pinking shears, fabric marker or fabric chalk, scissors, ruler )
Step 1: Print your pattern pieces and cut them out and tape together.
There are two necklines on the dress pattern piece. To make it easier, you can print it twice and cut out the back neckline on one and the front neckline on the second.
Step 2: Cut pattern pieces from fabric:
Line dress and sleeve pattern pieces up on the fold of 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.
You will have: 1 Front piece, 1 back piece and 2 sleeves.
Step 4: 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.
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.
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 pin heads 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.
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 bottom of 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:
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 like 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! Your peasant dress is done! Go have your little one try it on and pose for a few pictures to share!
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!
Have fun making your dresses!