Want to make your own long-sleeved peasant dress? It’s easy!
2. Trace around your short sleeve pattern piece. Then, starting where the short sleeve ends, draw a line to the dot you marked for long sleeve length.
Optional: curve the line a little bit so it doesn’t look so boring and straight.
Next time I make these sleeves, I’m going to add a couple more inches to the length because they tend to creep up the arm. For fall or winter weather, I really want those Abby’s little wrists covered up.
Now cut out your sleeve.
4. Fold it in half and match the arm pit points.
Check to see if the seam on your sleeve will match up. If there’s a difference, like in the picture below, trim it off. This ensures that your sleeve seam will match up nicely while sewing.
Long sleeve versus short sleeve:
Now sew your dress according to the pattern instructions, using your long-sleeve pattern piece instead of the short sleeve. Hem the sleeves and then use elastic thread in your bobbin to shirr three rows around the wrist, starting about 1/2″ from the edge of your sleeve. After shirring, steam or lightly spray the fabric with water. Apply heat from your iron and it will gather up beautifully! The elastic thread should give it plenty of stretch.
Tip: When sewing with elastic thread in my bobbin, I increase the tension on my machine and the stitch length as high as they will go.
|Fabric: Anna Maria Horner’s Loves Me Loves Me Not, in grape (from her Innocent Crush collection),
and a Michael Miller dot.
As I’m sure you already realized, this dress was used in the header for our Best of Fall pattern review series: