Teen Peasant Dress Pattern and Tutorial June 12, 2015 – Posted in: dress, free tutorial, girls clothes, peasant dresses, projectyesu, sewing, tutorial
This year, Project Yesu was looking for some dresses for the older girls of ages 12-16. I challenged myself to create a variation of the peasant dresses we normally make that would meet some of the unique challenges of making larger sizes. It is longer, but has enough width at the bottom to allow for easy movement. I also lined the top to allow for more modesty. The elastic waistband is another nice feature that just makes the dress a bit more mature.
Reading my tutorial for quickly cutting peasant dresses would be very helpful for understanding how these dresses are cut.
For the skirt portion, keep the fabric folded with the selvage edges together, just as it comes off the bolt. I always cut four layers at once, taking the cut edges together on the end. Cut two strips the width of the fabric by 25″.
Then, to make the most efficient use of the fabric, refold it by taking one side of the selvage edge (I cut both pieces at once) and fold it towards the middle 15″.
Cut a slit 1 1/2″ into the fabric 10 1/2″ from the fold (for a total width at the waist of 21″).
Then, use the ruler to cut an angle towards the corner from the end of the slit.
This is what you should have so far… a funky looking trapezoidish thing.
Now, something that will help the hem A LOT: trim off the corners so that the distance from the waist to the bottom is a consistent 25″. (I showed this in my doll maxi skirt tutorial if you need a better explanation/pictures.)
A quick tip… the reason I refold the fabric is because if I cut 2 skirts from the same fabric, I can piece together the remaining fabric and make another skirt. It just has a seam in the middle- I use those for the backs.
For the top, cut a strip the width of the fabric by 15″.
Sew the side seams using a PRECISE 3/8″ seam allowance. That is really the only tricky part to this. Serge the sides. Then, sew the elastic casings for the neck and also for the sleeves. Again, I explain that method HERE.
I am posting the pattern and tutorial for these dresses for personal, non-commercial, or charity use only. Do not sell this pattern or sell things made from this pattern. I spent a lot of time tweaking it to get it just right so please respect my intentions.