How to Make a Peasant Shirt

Peasant clothes have been popular for years. The peasant shirt is a cute way to get a folksy look without compromising fashion. This article tells how to sew a simple raglan sleeve shirt and how to decorate it to suit your taste.

Steps

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    Measure yourself around the fullest part of your torso. Divide this measurement by 2 and add about five and five-eighths to get Measurement A.
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    Measure yourself around the widest part of your arm (over the shoulder, under the arm). Add five-eighths of an inch to get Measurement B.
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    Measure yourself from the hollow of your neck to the place where you want the blouse to end. Add five-eighths of an inch for Measurement C
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    Measure your arm from your wrist to your neck. Add five-eighths of an inch for Measurement D.
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    Cut two pieces of fabric with Measurement A as their width and Measurement C as their length. These are the torso pieces.
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    Cut two more pieces with Measurement B as their width and Measurement D as their length. These are the sleeves
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    Sew the pieces one to another, connecting them with side seams of length D. Sew them together by their long sides (the sides measuring C and D). First sew one sleeve piece to one torso piece, then sew that torso piece to the next sleeve piece. Sew this sleeve piece to the remaining torso piece. Sew this torso piece to the first sleeve piece.
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    Sew the unsewn parts of each side seam in such a way that the sleeves form tubes(leave armholes) and the torso pieces are sewn one to another.
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    Pink all raw inside edges, hem the sleeves, neck , and bottom.
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    Sew a ribbon or piece of yarn all around the neck. This will act as a drawstring.
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    Decorate the blouse with lace, embroidery, beads, or all three.

Tips

  • For decorating ideas, look at pictures of real European peasant costumes.
  • You can find traditional European embroidery patterns online. Ukrainian embroidery patterns are pretty for blouses.

Things You'll Need

  • fabric- a plain, solid color looks good. For a homespun look, try something rough, like coarse linen, aida, or even cheesecloth.
  • Embroidery floss, beads, lace, or all three.
  • a tape measure
  • yarn or ribbon
  • scissors, needle, thread, pins, etc.
  • Understanding of what you want
  • ability to sew

Article Info

Categories: Sewing Tops | Sewing Clothes