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27 August 2012

Peasant Top Variations

I've sewn V many many peasant tops in her life. 
I like that last year's dress....

Can be next year's tunic.

There are so many variations... shirring...buttons... varied sleeve lengths.


To add buttons to the front:

Make a fake placket of contrasting fabric and attach it to the centre of the front before gathering the neckline.  (You add the buttons after the neckline is gathered).


Or why not ribbon? 

(I was inspired to copy this overly pricey top by Matilda Jane)


A single gathered row down the front?

The sleeves are easily varied.  You can shirr them (elastic thread in your bobbin) to get the bell sleeve look:

Or shirr them lower for a cuffed effect.

The humble short sleeve:


My favorite trick is mixing fabrics.  Just cut different pattern pieces from coordinating fabrics.


Many of the dresses above were made using Sandi Henderson's out-of-print Claire pattern. 

My other go-to favorite is this:







3 comments:

A Half-Baked Notion said...

Wish I'd had those "Patterns for Dummies" when Sis's twins were small. I bet they have great instructions. I remember sewing with Burda; back then they had very little in the way of written directions, but they had the cutest styles.

I love all the variations you shared on one basic design. The pattern companies would disagree, but you only really need a few patterns, and a little imagination, to produce a beautiful wardrobe for your little one.

Becky said...

ooooohh was just going to ask you for a great pattern of if you have one of your own...and just scrolled down and there it is...now to find it!!!
love all V's tops/dresses..

Quilter Mom of 3 said...

Do you know where you got this owl fabric also?

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