Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Peasant Tops

I used to make peasant style tops all the time for my bigger girls back when they were little.  They are super easy and super comfy and really you can use cottons or knits without any problem.

I had to buy a new pattern, however, because it appears that I either gave it away or tossed it, having not used it in awhile.  Most likely the pattern I had was too small of a size currently for even my youngest daughter.  Luckily I found a couple on sale at Jo-Ann's for $1 each in bigger girl sizes.

McCall's 6500
Simplicity 4206  Have to say I preferred this one for the top.

The McCall's pattern was so MUCH wider in the body of the top.  We didn't like that.  And the sleeves were 2 pieces--you can't really see it on the pattern, but the McCall's sleeve has a slit in it.  So if you like that style this would be the one for you.  I did like the length of the sleeve better on the McCall's, but I don't have a problem lengthening a sleeve pattern.   And I did use it for the leggings pattern, just not the top.

For the Simplicity pattern on the first top alone I had to add 3" in length for a size 10.  And even then my daughter would've liked it even longer.

So on round 2 I made the shirt more like a tunic for her to wear with leggings.

She liked it so much she wore it 2 days straight before I told her she had to put it in the laundry.

  • Blue & white floral fabric from thrift store for $1.49 or less--it was about 1 1/2 yds. worth
  • Navy leggings from a thrifted knit sheet.  We'll have to make some more before school starts as this daughter refuses to wear jeans of any kind.

I've had a few people ask me about the yardage fabric I get at the thrift store.  I go to Unique Thrift Store near my home and they actually have a fabric section in their store with big pieces of fabric, yarn, patterns, notions, etc.  I tend to go every week just to browse--some days I'm lucky to find good stuff and other times they have nothing that interests me.


  1. I adore peasant tops/dresses on girls! Too bad they are less than flattering on full figures : /
    You always find such great fabric at your thrift shops (at fabulous prices, too :-) I try not to be envious ;-)

  2. The closest ones to me would be in Maryland. I could get my mom to shop and send fabric to me!

  3. Oh my goodness!!! I finally found a like minded seamstress mom who shops at my most favorite " fabric" store EVER - unique! A few wks ago i got abt 3yds of wool (and it had a tag!) in there for just over $3. People just dont believe me. Good thing they are 40 min away from me or i might pay them a visit every other day....
    Love the tunic, and thats the reason i ended up in your blog :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, I have found some sweet deals there. Now I just need some good chunks of time to get a bunch of sewing done.



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