Fostering Creativity

Infant Peasant Dress with a Simplified Sleeve

Isn’t this the sweetest little dress? This is the simplified version of the dress I’m sharing over at Project Run and Play today. So as soon as you finish reading this you should head on over there (unless you’ve already been there and loved the tutorial enough to come here)

Start off with the Infant Peasant Dress pattern. You’ll cut out the two dress pieces like normal, but don’t cut out the sleeve pieces. You’ll be replacing those with two 4×5 inch rectangles.

Now that you’ve got your pattern pieces cut, you’re ready to start sewing.

Fold one of your rectangles in half, pin it right sides together to the top of your dress piece. When you reach the bottom of the sleeve, don’t stop! (I do a little back stitch to hold the sleeve in place a little better)
Continue sewing all the way around the armhole using the same seam allowance.

I know it’s hard to see, but the arrows are pointing to a beautiful little top stitch.

Now we’re going to unfold the sleeve and put in a topstitch.

When you get to the bottom of the sleeve, you’ll continue sewing. I’m lazy and didn’t pin my fold, but you can feel free to do so. Just fold the material over so that your first stitch runs right along the fold. You can even iron it if you want!

You’ll need to make sure that the seam allowance you take for the top stitch is smaller than your original seam allowance. If you forget– like I did– your new seam won’t actually hold down your fabric like you want it to.

I just moved the needle on my machine over a bit, since I used the edge of my foot for my original seam allowance.

Now you have this beautiful finished edge for your armhole.

Repeat this step for both sides of each sleeve. All that’s left is sewing up the sides, hemming the bottom, and putting the elastic in the neckline. Use the original tutorial to finish the dress.
Then find yourself a cute little model!




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