With all the patterns available (many of them free) for peasant tops/dresses and ruffle pants, it's kind of amazing to me that in the time I've been sewing I've made ONE peasant dress.
I've decided that, while I'm decidedly NOT a fan of the double and triple ruffle pants so common in "boutique" clothing for children, I do love peasant tops/dresses. And after I tried out the free pattern from Sewing Mama RaeAnna for a coordinating set, I think that a single ruffle is pretty cute!
Especially on such a cute little model. ;)
This pattern was designed for stretch fabrics, specifically Cuddle (trademark Shannon Fabrics). It's a size 2T, which would probably be perfect for Natalie. However, I had two coordinating half yards that I was dying to use for Sam, and I hadn't come across the perfect pattern for them yet! Until now.
This is non-stretch, woven cotton, so I knew it would fit a little differently right off the bat. I used a slightly larger seam allowance (5/8", the pattern calls for 3/8").
I ended up with an adorable little outfit that fits Sam wonderfully! (She wears 9-12 or 12 mo in ready-to-wear clothing.) If anything, it's a *tiny* bit big, which just means she'll wear it a little longer - I hate to make such cute clothing and have it worn only once or twice!
What a great pattern - free, so cute, and it even converted me (just a LITTLE) to ruffles! ;)