Peasant Dress Quick Sewing Tutorial June 4, 2015 – Posted in: clothing, dress, free tutorial, girls clothes, peasant dresses, projectyesu, sewing, tutorial
I know there are peasant dress tutorials galore, but I am going to show you how to make these dresses using a few tips and tricks we have picked up over the past few years while making hundreds of these dresses for groups like Project Yesu. I already covered the “system” we use for cutting them out quickly and efficiently. Today I am showing you how to sew them together.
I mentioned yesterday that we will sometimes add a contrasting band to the bottom of the dress. It also makes a fun, color blocked effect. To do this just cut a strip the same width as the rest of the dress and the length needed to make it the desired size. Sew the strip to the bottom of the dress and serge or zig zag over the edge to keep it from fraying.
It is all kind of a circular thing. It is easy once you get used to it.
NOW you can remove it from the sewing machine and snip all the connecting threads.
This is what it looks like now.
|I know it is shifted a little bit, but I am trying to show the seams.|
|I kind of wish I had topstitched where the two strips meet. I have done it that way before and it is a little nicer.|
Now, I know there is a way to sew the elastic in while sewing the casing, but I thought it was a pain and we usually have helpers that are looking for non-sewing jobs to do.
Overlap the ends and use a zig zag stitch to hold them together.
Sew the opening closed.
This tutorial is for personal, non-commercial, or charity use only. It would be great if you could make one of these or a pillowcase dress for Project Yesu. If that isn’t possible, please consider donating just $10 towards the costs of transporting these dresses to Uganda.