A Year of Dresses: Easy Peasy Peasant

A Year of Dresses would not be complete with out another look at the Easy Peasy Peasant Pattern.  Perhaps I'm biased, but it is the cutest, easiest, most versatile, peasant dress out there. If Sweet Pea didn't already have 52 dresses in her closet (only a slight exaggeration...), I'd be whipping up a bunch of these for careless summer days.  I'll likely make her a couple more even though she doesn't need them!

The Easy Peasy Peasant pattern is available in both baby and girls sizes.  You can purchase them separately, Baby sizes from 0-24 months and girls sizes from 2-10 or purchase all ten sizes bundled together at a discounted rate.  With long, 3/4, short, and flutter sleeve options you will grab this pattern all year long!  Add the hem ruffle, I personally love it, or choose a plain hem for an even quicker sewing project. With start to finish time coming in around an hour, this dress is great for last minute gifts, tomorrow's sports game, and stock in your booth.

Here's a quick peek at the four sleeve and two hem options.  Today Sweet Pea is wearing short puff sleeves with a ruffle.

You can also choose to omit the elastic from the sleeves for an 'angel' sleeve look. This also shows a plain hem.

Flutter sleeves with a ruffle.  So perfect for summer!

I love the look of 3/4 sleeves, this one also shown with a ruffle.

Dress by tester from Daker Girls Designs.
`And of course long sleeves with no ruffle.   A perfect look with leggings and boots for winter!

The perfect a-line shape really makes this dress stand out.  This is not a boxy peasant, but has been carefully drafted to have a slimmer upper body and lovely, stand out, a-line hem.  It looks so sweet on!  Embellishment options are endless on this dress.  I added ribbon and lace to the ruffle seam on this dress for the perfect finish.

Other great options include a bow as shown above, see how to make it in this post; try a double layer flower from Jen's free tutorial, or perhaps a couple cute gathered pockets for storing treasures! 

While you're sewing for spring and summer be sure to grab your Sterling Shorties and Leggings pattern too. This is another pattern that I grab constantly.  Today Sweet Pea is wearing Shorties hemmed, instead of adding the ruffle, and they are perfect for little girl modesty! I add them under just about all her dresses and skirts then don't worry about playing at the playground.  I actually need to whip up several new pairs now that our weather is nice.  This pair is from last year and while they still fit just fine, the length is 12-18 months and I'd like them a wee bit longer.  If you remember from a few weeks back, Sweet Pea's waist is still 12-18 months but she needs a 2T length on her legs. Of course the one time I would like a picture of her shorts she was being quite ladylike!

Here's your quick pattern rundown for this week.

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