Now that spring has sprung, I've been on a mission to master the peasant dress. Peasant dresses are quick and easy. I like that. The simple style works well for busy, fun fabric (especially fabric with glitter!). I like that, too. And I really like that I can still, just barely, squeeze a peasant dress out of one yard of fabric.
After looking at a million photos of peasant dresses, I decided that there are two things I consistently see in peasant dresses I like. One is a narrow, trim bodice. I have a great pattern with a narrow, trim bodice, which I've sewn a few times before -- the Sweet Little Dress by Leila & Ben. The other is a sleeve that's not too long and not too puffy. Although the Sweet Little Dress sleeve is great when finished with elastic, I want to find the perfect, non-puffy sleeve without elastic. This is my first trial run, modifying the Sweet Little Dress sleeve by shortening it a bit and narrowing the width of it quite a bit.
I wish you could see the glitter in this Japanese import fabric (by Kokka, I think). It's so cheerful, perfect for spring!
I think this sleeve is a good start. The length and angles are just right, but next time I'll take out a bit more in width. Then I think it might be perfect.
But this is a solid start, and I'm sure this one will be worn plenty.
Next up -- peasant dresses with border print fabrics. Happy Spring!