The Pretty Peasant is finally here! It all started out as a simple upgrade to my Olive Dress pattern. I was just going to expand the size range. Then before I knew it I was adding a little bit here and little bit there and I had a huge pattern on my hands with 3 different sleeves options, multiple different hems, 3 different dresses, 2 different tops (one of them a knit version), and even an infant gown. It really ended up being quite a bit more than an upgrade. It’s more like a whole new pattern e-book now, but I’m still going to treat it as an upgrade when it comes to those of you who have already purchased The Olive Dress Pattern. That is, you get it for free! (If you purchased via this website, just log into your account and the new file is already available in your downloads section. (If you purchased the pattern on Esty check the end of the post for instructions on receiving the update.)
Now let’s get into the pattern details! The Pretty Peasant Pattern E-book contains 6 different tutorials including 3 dresses, 2 tops, and a baby gown for sizes 3 months – 18 months.
In order to include all of the options in a coherent, easy-to-follow way I organized the pattern into 6 separate tutorials so that it reads more like an e-book or a collection of patterns instead of one single pattern. Each tutorial contains all of it’s own charts, lists, diagrams (sizing, finished measurements, notions, fabric requirements, printing, cutting, and dimensions of any rectangular pattern pieces), and a complete tutorial full of step-by-step pictures so you don’t have to jump around the file to get the information you need. The printing charts provided for each tutorial list only the pages for the pattern pieces needed for that tutorial so you don’t have to print more than necessary. To save even more ink and paper, the sizes are layered so you can turn off any sizes you don’t want to print, and an Index is included that lists each pattern piece and what pages to print for each size. There are also internal links throughout the document and bookmarks to help make navigation even easier.
The Basic Peasant
It starts out with The Basic Peasant which is just that, a basic peasant dress that is a perfect project for a beginner. It’s a simple peasant dress with a ruffle on the bottom. The tutorial also includes instructions for a regular, non-ruffled trim or a plain hem, and long or short sleeves.
Pleated Trim Dress
The Pleated Trim Dress includes more details to the Basic Peasant like inseam pockets and a box pleat trim detail with a matching sash held in place by thread belt loops. You can sew it with long or short sleeves
The Knit Top is a peasant top made with knit fabric and a waistband at the bottom. The tutorial includes instructions for the regular elastic sleeves (long or short) or a lettuce edge hem with your serger.
Flutter Sleeve Top
The Flutter Sleeve Top adds in a flutter sleeve option with a cute trim detail and matching hem.
Baby Gown (sizes 3 mo – 18 mo)
The Baby Gown was one of my favorite pieces of clothing when my kids were little so I couldn’t help but add one in. It’s extra long to keep those baby toes inside and the elastic bottom makes pulling it up for diaper changes really easy. The tutorial includes instructions for long or short sleeves.
Layered Ruffles Dress
What better way to fancy up a peasant dress than to add a skirt full of ruffles? The layered ruffles dress has a lined bodice with flutter sleeves and skirt full of circular ruffles. The tutorial also includes a chart of dimensions for rectangular ruffles and a tutorial on making the shirred sash.
You certainly don’t have to stay within the limits of these 6 tutorials. You can easily make more combinations than what is provided. For example you can add inseam pockets or flutter sleeves to the basic peasant, make a flutter dress instead of a top, use the bodice and design a different skirt, add flutter sleeves to the baby gown, or use the knit top instructions for the neckline to make the basic peasant in knit. Your imagination is your limit.
If you have not previously purchased the Olive Dress, fear not! For 3 days, The Pretty Peasant Pattern E-book is available for $5. On Thursday, Nov 24th it will return to it’s regular price of $9.50. So snatch it up while you can!