Ever since Eliana requested I make her a Belle princess dress I have been trying to figure out how to do just that. I wanted to make a rough draft dress because the yellow fabric I bought for Belle is too cute to risk messing up.
In all my sewing adventures I had never attempted the peasant dress. All the elastic and casings intimidated me! I found a great free pattern for the basic peasant top and sleeves. Click here for Bandy Canyon’s free pattern. I used this pattern for my blueprint, then added an underskirt, and a top skirt with gathers and bows.
This was my other inspiration for the dress:
And here is a closer look at the neckline and sleeves:
The sleeves turned out super cute! But making the casing on them was hard because they are not in a straight line. Any tips on hemming a curved edge??
Eliana now has 2 homemade princess dresses! Judging by how much she loves them, I will be making princess dresses for the next year! Yay!