Sew an adorable and comfy peasant top for babies and girls of all ages and sizes! You can easily create your own pattern using a simple, foolproof formula. In this tutorial I will show you exactly how I made these cute double gauze tops.
The best part is that this method requires little to no math and no body measurements. All you need is a short-sleeved t-shirt with a classic fit, and you can create different variations of peasant tops in terms of length, volume, or neckline.
With this skill, you can make peasant tops of various sizes and styles for yourself or others. They are not only comfortable and pretty, but also very quick to make. What's not to like about them?
DIY Double Gauze Peasant Top for Girls
These double gauze blouses with short sleeves and a ruffled neckline are perfect for summer. My daughter loves wearing them. They pair beautifully with skirts, shorts, leggings, jeans – the choice is yours! It's a fantastic choice for everyday wear and ideal for active kids.
How to make your own high peasant pattern in double gauze
To create the tops featured in this article, I used the same pattern. As you can see in the image below, there are only two pattern pieces: a sleeve pattern piece and a bodice pattern piece.
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To draft the pattern pieces, I simply used a short-sleeved, regular fit t-shirt that belonged to my 5-year-old daughter. First, I folded the t-shirt in half and took two measurements.
The first measurement is the sleeve opening at the hem. Then I measured to get the bust measurement. (please read this tutorial for details on how and why).
To create the sleeve pattern piece, I extended the curve of the armholes of the t-shirt by 1.5 inches. Also, I added 2 inches to the sleeve opening at the hem to ensure I had a nice puff sleeve (see photo below).
For the bodice pattern piece, I added 2 inches to the bust measurement (see photo below).
Remember that there is no one way to do this. Of course, you can adjust the ease and the gathers according to your preferences and the fabric you use.
As for the length of the pattern pieces, it's best to make them slightly longer than necessary. You can always shorten them in the last step if needed.
Sew Your Own DIY Chiffon Peasant Top
And that's all! Now cut out your peasant top pattern pieces and use them to cut your fabric. You will need to cut 2 identical pieces of fabric on the fold for the sleeve and the bodice, making a total of 4 pieces.
I sewed the pieces together following the instructions provided in this peasant tutorial.
There is only one difference between the mint green top and the navy blue one with gold flowers. The mint green double gauze top has elasticated sleeves while the gold floral top does not. It happened because I had a small piece of fabric for the navy blue top (leftover from this sewing project) and I had to carefully arrange the pattern pieces. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough fabric to cut the sleeve pattern pieces on the fold, so I had to join them in the middle.
Here are some notes on this method of writing a high peasant pattern:
You'll likely need to experiment a bit with the pattern pieces to achieve the exact look you want. This can be seen as a drawback if you are in a hurry and looking for the perfect fit with minimal effort.
However, it can also be seen as a positive learning experience that will help you improve your skills and build your confidence for the future!
For example, I discovered that I would have liked these tops even more if I had lengthened the curve of the armholes more (see photo below to understand what I mean). Just a little more, maybe 0.5″.
This is the only modification I would make to this model. And it has no impact on the mobility of the wearer, it's still a comfortable and loose top!
However, the most important thing is that I'm really proud of myself for creating these tops from scratch. And I'm sure with every peasant top I make, my skills will continue to grow!
PS I recently came across this heartwarming story this appealed to me so much. This underscores the importance of not forcing our girls to smile in photos and allowing them to be authentic themselves. I totally agree with this idea! Although… I must admit that I was not able to be so generous and apply this approach very early with my eldest daughter. However, I think having a second (and third) child made me a better mom for my first as well.
Even though my cute little tart doesn't always have a smile on her face, I love her to the moon and back. As a rule, all I ask him is to model the clothes that I sew in his own way. She usually has a really silly face, but I love all the poses she strikes!