Free Peasant Dress Pattern, sz 12 m to 10 y
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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 and print. (I just printed a pattern directly off Google docs and noticed it printed slightly smaller.)
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 night gown, then I will leave all elastic out…)
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) style and the narrower version you see on this dress. (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.
- My favorite shops 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!
- 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.
There are two necklines on the bodice pattern piece. To make it easy, print the bodice piece twice and cut out the back bodice on one and the front bodice on the second.
Step 2: Get your length measurement.
For the perfect length. measure your child from bottom of armscye to your desired dress length. Add 1.5 inches to this measurement.
If you don’t have a child to measure, use these measurements (based on a standard size chart.)
- 12-18 mo: 13 to 14 inches,
- 2t: 15.75 inches,
- 3t: 17.5 inches,
- 4: 19.5 inches,
- 5: 21.5 inches,
- 6: 23.5 inches.
- 7: 25.5 inches
- 8: 27.0 inches
- 10: 28.0
(These measurements are from the armscye to mid-knee. Every child is different and these numbers are only a guide, so please use your measurements if possible.)
Step 3: Cutting the bodice/main dress and sleeve pattern pieces.
Fold the fabric, line up the edge of the pattern with the fold of the fabric and cut out 2 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 arm hole edges of the dress front. Sew along this seam (marked in blue) 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!
Stitch along the edge of the casing, a scant 1/8 inch from the folded edge. 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
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
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!