As promised last week I'm posting a tutorial for this cute peasant top for toddlers and girls which uses lace trim to create a sweet flutter sleeve variation on regular sleeves.
Sorry that I don't have a proper shot of the finished top being modelled. It has, actually, had a large ruffle added to it and become a dress (upon orders from Miss Wink). Will press on anyway and promise to post more photos when the sun decides to make a showing:
You will need:
- A basic pattern for a peasant or pillowcase top. I used my "Butterfly Breeze" pattern but any pattern using this style will do or you can easily draft your own using an online tutorial. (Google "peasant top tutorial" to see the many tutorials available or check out Pinterest for examples.)
- Trim for the sleeves. The "lace" trim I've used here is not lace as such but rather an embroidered cotton eyelet trim - or you may have another name for it. It's found fairly easily in the haberdashery section of fabric stores and there are also lots of online sellers who carry it. (Scroll to the end of the post for links.) Trim that's at least 3 inches wide will work best - narrower trims won't have enough margin to create a decent casing to thread the neckline elastic through.
- Fabric for the Top Front and Back. Yardage specified in your pattern or tutorial.
- Elastic for the neckline casing. Length specified in your pattern or tutorial.
- Coordinating thread (and any ribbons, buttons or other embellishments you want to use).
Let's get started:
NOTE: The Size 5 pattern I used had a sleeve which was about 6 inches wide across the shoulder. If you have a pillowcase dress pattern which does not have a sleeve piece and you need to cut your trim, I'd suggest you use that length as a rough guide. Increase by small amounts for larger sizes and decrease for smaller sizes.
You can now go ahead and create your elastic casing around the neckline using your pattern instructions as a guide. Thread your elastic through, sew ends together and sew your casing closed.
Your final step will be to hem your top.
Let me know what you think - do you have someone who'd love one of these?
Embroidered cotton trim links: