Simply Sewing ~ Peasant Dress

It has been quite some time since I have been at my sewing machine.  I have a list of items that need to be sewn, a small stack of fabric waiting to be cut and a few girls who would like a new dress or two. Time seems to fly by and by the end of the day, my sewing machine just collects a bit more dust. This past Friday, I decided that I really needed time at the machine. Despite the mistakes I make and the love/hate relationship I have with the seam ripper, sewing relaxes me.

Martha had a small growth spurt and her dresses have become a bit short. Also, since she is the smallest, sewing for her is quicker. We love peasant dresses here. Simple and cute but very easy to dress up a bit. The peasant dress is also a quick project. Just an hour or two and a dress is done!

peasant dress

What makes the simple peasant dress even better? Recycling fabric!   For Martha’s peasant dress and matching bloomers, I used an old flat sheet and an old jumper dress that had a few holes and stained spots.

Peasant dresses are very easy and one can quickly do a bit of math and have their own pattern. I’m lazy when it comes to math so if I can find a pattern that does the work for me, I use it!

infant dress

Sew Much Ado has a great peasant dress pattern for Infants 0-3 months. Very simple project and you can easily adjust the sizing for an older infant. I took this pattern and made it just a bit bigger for when Martha was around 6 months.

For Martha’s new dress, I used the 12/18 month peasant dress pattern from Scattered Thoughts from a Crafty Mom.  She also has a pattern available for 2T/3T and 4/7.

pinafore

The pinafore is a very quick way to dress up the peasant dress. I did this for two girls at Easter 2012 and they received many compliments. So easy! You can learn how to whip up a Pretty Little Pinafore at Sew Mama Sew. Lots of great tutorials there.

My model was not in the mood for a photo shoot. Martha and the dress had spent 6+ hours in the van and posing was not on her to do list. Excuse the wrinkles!

Sew on!

It began with Dr. Who

For full disclosure, I have absolutely no personal knowledge of this show, Dr. Who. The plot, characters, setting elude me and the desire to learn more is not in me. However, I participate in a Secret Sister Christmas exchange with a dear set of friends. When I was given the name of my sweet sister friend, I knew exactly what she needed this year.

Long scarf

Dr. Who Scarf knitted by me!

I consulted with a fellow Dr. Who friend for some guidance on a trustworthy pattern and I utilized the pattern, yarn colors and tips from Dr.WhoScarf.com to keep me on track with this scarf. When I completed the Dr. Who Scarf it was over 6 feet long and will continue to stretch as it is worn. Yes, my friend is actually using the Dr. Who Scarf. How fun!

Modeling the scarf before sending it on its way….

After spending weeks knitting this scarf, I was so worried that my friend would hate it. I was thrilled when she absolutely loved it and is wearing it! No fun just letting it hang in a closet.

Love the colors in this scarf!

While time consuming just due to the length, it was a simple knit. There were a few moments of panic. I ran out of yarn at one point and was concerned that my order would get lost in the Christmas package rush. Thankfully it arrived just in time! Family members repeatedly offered to take it but I protected it.

The following weeks brought on more Christmas gift crafting that I am looking forward to sharing with you. I was able to snap pictures of most things before sending them off!

 

Do you like aprons?

I do. I love aprons. Not only do I love them, I need them. I’m a bit messy when cooking and cleaning. What is even better than an apron is an absolutely beautiful one. And even better than that is when it is free!

These adorable aprons are from marie-madeline studios; one of my favorite places to drool over beautiful fabric and lovely patterns. Small Town Simplicity is giving away an apron made by marie-madeline studios in your choice of fabric! Head on over and enter.