This simple fall peasant dress for girls is a simple sewing pattern for beginners. The step by step video tutorial walks you through the entire process with measurements for size 12 months up to girls 10/12.
Get all the pattern measurements and written instructions here: https://www.farmhouseonboone.com/farmhouse-on-boone/simple-fall-peasant-dress-for-girls/
My other sewing tutorials:
Girls Bow in the Back Summer Dress- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz2RXwEzVrY&t=99s
Pajamas from Vintage Sheets- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsTy-qYDS-k&t=38s
Pinafore Apron for Girls- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM4_cEakeBo&t=7s
How to Make a Tank Top- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70IOAxFcp3o&t=438s
The full Farmhouse on Boone sewing playlist- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPL8Uf0EBPI&list=PLn2eJawkmoqEx6voVVTPPUEUt8cnf0jyR
The peasant dress
When I first started sewing dresses for my little girls, my favorite style was (and probably still is!) the peasant dress. It is by far the easiest dress to sew, and perfect for beginners. It is also sooo customizable! Once you get comfortable sewing the basic peasant dress, you can start adding layers of ruffles, aprons, different prints in the bodice, ties.
There is endless opportunities for creativity!
You can make the sleeves, long short or 3/4. You can even add ruffles to the sleeve. You can crop the dress and make it a peasant top.
They are perfect for all ages and sizes. Kids can wear them for many years, because the loose shape and elastic allow for growth.
I even once made myself a peasant style top using the exact same principles!
For this tutorial today, I’m going to give you the measurements you need to sew a 3/4 sleeve length peasant style dress, with an elastic waistband and the option for one ruffle at the bottom. Once you get good at sewing this basic style, I encourage you to run wild with customizations.
Supplies Needed for the Simple Fall Peasant Dress for Girls
3/8″ elastic for the neck
1″ non-roll elastic for the waist
Fabric- 2 yards cotton or linen work great. Avoid stretchy knits.
Cut out the pattern pieces
Cut out the main dress pieces (2), sleeves (2), waist tie (1), neck elastic, waist elastic and optional ruffle pieces (2) from the cut list below. (If you decide to add the ruffle, notice that the cut directions call for you to decrease the main dress piece by two inches for the smaller sizes and three inches for the larger size.)
With a small piece of paper or scrap fabric, but a rectangle 2″ by 4″ for sizes 12 months through 4T and 2″ by 5″ for 5T through 10/12. Now draw curved line to round off one edge of the piece. (Refer to the photo below.) This will be your pattern piece to create arm hole areas on the bodice.
To create the armholes from the paper pattern you just created, fold one main dress piece in half with right sides together. Line up your little patter piece with the outside and top edges of the bodice. Cut around the pattern piece. Repeat for the other main dress piece and the two sleeve pieces.
Sew the peasant dress together
Line up one sleeve piece with one main dress piece along the armholes, with right sides together. Sew around the curved armhole with a narrow 1/4″ seam. Repeat with the other sleeve piece along that same main dress piece. (Refer to the video if this is confusing.)
Now that the sleeve pieces are sewn onto one of the main dress pieces, it is time to bring in the other main dress piece. Line up one sleeve with the other main dress piece along the armhole, with right sides together. Sew along the curved sleeve with a 1/4″ seam. Repeat with the other sleeve, so that the four pieces (the two main pieces and the two sleeve pieces) are attached in a circular fashion.
Fold the dress in half with right sides together, so that the bottom raw edges of the two main pieces are lined up. With the front main piece and back main piece lined up at the armpit, pin from the bottom of the hem all the up around the armpit and to the bottom of the sleeve. Repeat with the other side of the dress.
Sew the up the side seam and down the inside of the sleeve with a 1/2″ seam. Repeat with the other side.
Finish off the raw edges inside with a serger or tight zigzag stitch.
Get the rest of the article and all the pattern measurements and written instructions here: https://www.farmhouseonboone.com/farmhouse-on-boone/simple-fall-peasant-dress-for-girls/