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Make your own peasant top pattern: 4 sewing ideas

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Learn how to make your own peasant top pattern with a simple and quick drafting shortcut, even if you are a beginner. Life-changing sewing skills you can learn in 15 minutes!

All you need to draft a peasant top pattern is a t-shirt – the size is your choice. It can be anywhere from 0 to 100 years. The t-shirt should have a regular fit, not too tight but not too loose either.

Easy and quick method to make your own peasant top pattern

I’ve recently shared a foolproof formula for making a customizable peasant top pattern. You can make the sleeves and the bodice have as much or as little volume you want.

I will soon use a few abbreviations that may sound like secret insider language, but truly, there’s no reason to be intimidated. It’s super simple, I promise!

Here’s a mini-glossary for your convenience:

make your own peasant top pattern

I used this method to make three peasant tops and a peasant dress, all in different sizes and styles. Now I share with you all the details on how I drafted each pattern.

For each of the following item, I used an age-appropriate t-shirt to make my own pattern. The SOW, BM, or CE measurements are different for each garment.

Despite the apparent formal language, this is not a scientific approach. It’s a child’s play, more like. I had lots of fun creating these peasant top patterns!

Please read this article first.

1. Girls’ off-shoulder top – poplin cotton fabric (size 11-12 years)

I made this cute aqua top for my eldest daughter, and it was love at first sight! She thinks it’s really cool and loves wearing it. 

Girls' off-shoulder top - DIY peasant pattern

To make the pattern for this off-shoulder peasant blouse, I used these measurements:

  • I extended the t-shirt armhole curve by 2” (CE+2).
  • To make the sleeve pattern, I added 4” to the t-shirt sleeve opening (SOW + 4). In this case, the SOW was 5”, so the width of my sleeve pattern was 9” in total. I wanted to make a puffier sleeve with elastic.
  • For the bodice pattern, I added 3” of ease to the bust measurement (BM + 3).

I used 1” wide elastic everywhere.

I didn’t measure the length of the pattern pieces, I just eyeballed everything. The blouse ended up a bit too long. For the time being, my daughter wears it with the elastic band folded on the inside.

2. Girls’ off-shoulder top – cat cotton fabric (size 5 years)

off shoulder peasant top pattern

To make the pattern for this off-shoulder top, I used these measurements:

  • I extended the t-shirt armhole curve by 2” (CE+2).
  • To make the sleeve pattern, I added 1.5” to the t-shirt sleeve opening (SOW + 1.5). This time, I didn’t want the sleeves to be too puffy. More like a regular size.
  • For the bodice pattern, I added 2.5” of ease to the bust measurement (BM + 2.5).
off shoulder peasant top pattern sewing

My youngest daughter wanted an off-shoulder top as well, so she can be as cool and interesting as her teenage sister!

I used 1” wide elastic for the top casing, and simple turned hems for the sleeves and the bottom.

3. Off-shoulder dress – floral viscose fabric (size XS/S)

To make the pattern for this cute summer dress, I used these measurements:

  • I extended the t-shirt armhole curve by 2” (CE+2).
  • To make the sleeve pattern, I added 4.5” to the t-shirt sleeve opening (SOW + 4.5). I wanted elasticated puffy sleeves, so the width of my sleeve pattern is 5.5+4.5=10” (on the fold, of course).
  • For the bodice pattern, I added 5” of ease to the bust measurement (BM + 5).
  • I used 1/2″ wide elastic for the top casing and the sleeves.

Here’s a pic so you can see the ease of my sleeve. The underarm point falls well below my armpit.

Technically, I could wear it as a normal dress. However, I think those neckline ruffles are a bit too much in this version! Also, this way the dress gets to be a bit too short for my taste.

Anyway, this is a really comfy summer dress. It will look super cute at the beach.

4. Girls’ peasant top – burgundy red cotton fabric (size 5 years)

To make the pattern for this classic girls’ peasant top, I used these measurements:

  • I extended the t-shirt armhole curve by 2.5” (CE+2.5).
  • To make the sleeve pattern, I added 3.5” to the t-shirt sleeve opening (SOW + 3.5).
  • For the bodice pattern, I added 3.5” of ease to the bust measurement (BM + 3.5).
  • I used 1/4” wide elastic for the top casing and the sleeves.

So, what do you think? Will you give this peasant top pattern drafting shortcut a try?

If you have questions or observations regarding this peasant top pattern drafting shortcut, please share them in the comment section below so others can see and benefit from this exchange of ideas. Thank you!

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