Free printable peasant dress pattern for adult females.

“Women” means grown up girls. Unmarried “Misses” are not guaranteed to be thin, neither do maturity or marital status doom one to be overweight. That’s my opinion.

Simple pattern in PDF format for 8.5 x 11 letter size paper.

NOTE – CUT THE SKIRT LONGER – I’m worried that people really don’t read. The skirt pieces in the pattern are short. You need to cut them longer. Okay carry on.

I had to make up my own because none of the others were quite right. I wanted a smaller, more modest neckline instead of a huge gaping one. I wanted it to have plenty of fabric and a generous skirt.

For reference, I’m 5’8″ and 38-30-43, which may as well be designated Medium. I’m a Medium on top and the skirt is large enough 🙂

Requires at least 6 yards of 44″ fabric if you cut the skirt panels in opposite directions (some up the grain and some down), but it’s nicer to cut the skirt front on a fold so there’s no front seam, and patch in the corners.

Here’s the OLD PATTERN.

Scroll down for the newer one.

Download the pattern in pdf for size Medium (38) and here’s the original round yoke pattern if you want it. I’m not happy with this any more and a better version is below.

Download the pattern for size XL Extra Large / Bust 42

There it is with a round yoke:

NEW version in size S – M – L – XL

After some thought, I wanted the armholes a bit deeper, the back neckline a bit higher, and less gathering at the shoulder tops, also a little less fabric overall. Loose is great but it was too baggy before.

On something this simple it’s easy to check how big it will be. Print the pieces and use a ruler. Side to side of the size M pattern piece is 12.35″ wide, if you take away half inch for seam allowance that’s 11.85, times 4 (two pieces cut on fold makes four seam allowances) the finished garment measurement should be 47.4 ish.

Assuming bustline measurements:
Small 34-36″
Medium 37-39″
Large 40-42″
XL 43-45″

So for size M that’s 8″ of finished garment ease. Plenty if you ask me. The waist is tapered a bit. The skirt should be flared enough for just about anyone.

Finished garment bust width:
Small 44.4
Med 47.4
Large 50.4
XL 53.4

(What’s up with all the point-fours? Kinda strange. The pattern pieces are 11.6, 12.35, 13.1 and 13.85 across, multiply by four and they all come out point four. I had to stare at that a while. But that’s how it worked out.)

I put the yoke pattern piece back with slight modification. I haven’t tried that yoke yet, but I will, now that you mention it. It’s no more work than a bias strip for a casing. (“Fold over twice to form a casing” on a curved edge doesn’t work in anybody’s universe although the commercial patterns don’t seem to have noticed yet.)

This hasn’t been tested on other sizes. I’m not a social critter so I have only the one size to test with, i.e. myself. I’m working on a new finished model right now. Try it out! Use a ruler to make sure it’s going to be plenty big enough before you cut (you can always make it smaller) and then send me a photo of your test with notes. Much appreciated.

Peasant dress in size S – M – L – XL now with a skirt that isn’t all that long, because why tape so many pieces of paper together. You can either cut it longer or add a ruffle. And this has the round yoke with it.

And here’s how the new version comes out. It’s not much different, but it is better. This is a size I like to call “medium”. I’m 38 – 30 – 44
If any other sizes try it I’d really like your report and a photo!
Here we are in the woods. It’s TEOTWAWKI for me now.
The end of the world as I knew it. Not entirely planned although not entirely unexpected.
Our home now is camping. The electricity comes from a solar panel with a handle on it, and my phone gets a little internet, sometimes, if I stand in just the right spot at the top of the hill.

Aaaaand that was made out of a sheet.

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8 thoughts on “Women’s Peasant Dress Pattern

    1. Well, let's say her bust measurement is 34", that would be 4" smaller than my size Medium. So you'd want to take away one inch at each seam, side, front and back. Cut the side seams 1/2" smaller and lay the fold line 1/2" back from the fold in front and back. Makes sense?

  1. I was looking for a size small also, thanks for answering that question from the previous commenter. You are awesome!

    1. I had it down because I was working on it, er, "not doing anything about it for years." I didn't feel like it was quite perfect.
      Since you asked, there are the yoke pieces. I also just did the whole thing over and put it up 🙂

  2. Exactly what I was looking for! I found a whole bunch of fabric my mom bought when she first moved here to Philly in 1968. I just needed the perfect pattern and you generously provided it! Thanks!

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