peasant dress

Well, it never ceases to amaze me how quickly I can make something that I’ve been putting off until I have more time. My dressmaking plans seemed really ambitious, yet I finished a simple peasant frock in an afternoon.

peasant frock

Easy to make and easy to wear.

© elisa rathje 2011

With the pattern cut out, I assembled the bodice and prepared the skirt, then tucked them right sides together to join.

© elisa rathje 2011

Not much to it after that but to thread elastic into the cap sleeves, neckline and empire waist, and secure.

Very simple, the best kind of homemade everyday dress. I might have to make a peasant dress every spring. It’s nice to see the investment in the pattern I bought for last year’s linen dress go a long way, just updating with fabrics and details.

I’m still considering a narrow ruffle for the hem, or lace, and I’ve cut out a couple of pockets to add to the front, as I like to carry around my trusty writing book and fountain pen. Now for the little-girl dresses!

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