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kdbobo
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Date: 6/23/12 12:19 PM

Hi all:

Perhaps you can help me. I am, for some unknown reason, sort of obsessed with the idea of a long white peasant dress to adorn my person this summer. I have a pretty clear idea of what I want, but my skills are not up to drafting my own and I haven't had any luck finding what I am looking for, either in contemporary or vintage patterns, but there are so many out there! I'm thinking:

drawstring or elastic neckline, (perhaps with keyhole)
capped sleeves (also probably elastic at ends)
blous-y bodice
elastic or smocked waist
tiered skirt
maxi-length.

Something like this: Peasant Dress Example

(I don't want to order that one because from the pics and the description I'm certain it will be much too sheer. What's the point of a flowy white sundress if you have to wear all kinds of specially-constructed and-colored underwear to make it decent?)

I'm really going for the ethereal I-might-be-a-priestess-in-my-spare-time kind of look. I've made this up in mint green, but it's not quite doing it for me--I think the skirt is too plain or something: BurdaStyle 130-5-2011

I'm grateful for any suggestions!
-- Edited on 6/23/12 12:20 PM --

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Date: 6/23/12 1:11 PM

Here's one suggestion (haven't tried it, just seen it!)

Meghan Peasant Dress Pattern

I thought Serendipity Patterns had a peasant dress, but looking today I'm not seeing one.

Another thought would be to find a blouse or top pattern that you like, and lengthen the skirt portion. There are patterns for tops in Simplicity and McCalls (I'm headed out to sing at a retirement home in about 20 minutes, hence no links).

And I ran across directions for creating your own pattern, which are here:

PDF with instructions for making your own pattern

I'm sure someone else will come up with more options!

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Date: 6/23/12 2:16 PM

How about making the bodice of the Burdastyle dress you like and then using something like out of print pattern New Look 6953 to make the skirt more fancy? Since both the Burda dress and the skirt have gathered waists, I feel like it would be fairly trivial to match your waistband size from the dress to a suitable waistband size of the skirt. Both of the maxi skirts in that skirt pattern are quite fancy, with tiers and instructions for trimming with braid and ribbon.


-- Edited on 6/23/12 2:21 PM --

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Date: 6/24/12 1:42 AM

I am going to keep my eye on this post! That is such a beautiful dress!

Nora :)

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Date: 6/24/12 1:42 AM

I am going to keep my eye on this post! That is such a beautiful dress!

Nora :)

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Date: 6/24/12 2:44 AM

Did you try Folkwear Patterns - They may have something for your great idea of yourself :)

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Date: 6/24/12 12:32 PM

Londa's Sewing offers a free pattern for calculating and making a tiered skirt very much like the one you are seeking, but there are also a lot of paper patterns like
this or this on ebay and etsy.

Then it's just a matter of finding and fitting a
peasant blouse pattern that you can join to the skirt for a bodice.


-- Edited on 6/24/12 12:35 PM --

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Date: 6/25/12 12:51 PM

Why not try a free pattern.

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Good luck!

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Date: 6/27/12 9:58 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, y'all. I really want to not do any drafting/McGyvering at all, but looks like I might have to...

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Date: 6/29/12 11:03 AM

I like the Vogue 1224. It seems to look cute on a lot of people. You may need to lengthen. It has 58 reviews here on PR.
Good luck.
Helen

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