In my quest to use up some of my fabric stash, I’ve been all over Pinterest looking for ideas. I saw quite a few pins pointing to free patterns, but in my experience, free patterns can be a mixed bag. I was happy to find this one that worked out very well!
The only caveat to the free pattern is that you have to fill out a form and sign up for a newsletter. Considering that the pattern runs from size 12 months to 10 years, and patterns like this can cost over $10 to get all these sizes, this isn’t a bad compromise. Plus, if you are not enjoying the newsletter, you can always unsubscribe.
I decided to make the 12 month size, which worked out well for the piece of fabric I had in my stash, and also because I have a little friend whom I could test the finished product on.
Peasant dresses are pretty uncomplicated as long as you have basic sewing skills. What is nice about this pattern is that she gives you instructions for different options for finishing the sleeves, and two sleeve length options. Not bad for a free pattern! A lot of free patterns are only for one size (which can be frustrating!), and they rarely have options. I went with elastic casing for the sleeves, but I’m thinking of trying the shirred sleeve next.
In regards to the dress length, Jamie strongly recommends measuring the intended recipient. That wasn’t possible for me, so I went with the standard measurements provided. As it turns out, it did mean that the dress was more tunic length, but it worked out nicely as this little one is still crawling and just taking her first steps, so there was no long skirt to get tangled up in! It paired nicely with leggings, too.
I’m looking forward to trying more of Jamie Sanders’ patterns!
Verdict: I would definitely use this pattern again, and the price really can’t be beat. It took less than an hour to cut out and sew this, so it’s perfect for a last-minute gift. Tip: Definitely try to measure the recipient so you can make the correct length.
Details: You can find the pattern here: Peasant Dress by Jamie Sanders of Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. Fabric used is: Moda Simply Colorful II by V&Co, XOXO in Magenta