Janel Was Here

Peasant Dress Pattern

Free to Download and Print

Simple pattern in printable Adobe PDF format. It prints onto 8.5 x 11 paper, and it's easy to tape the pieces together.

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 like all the commercial patterns seem to have nowadays. I wanted it to have plenty of fabric and a generous long skirt.

For reference, I'm 5'8" and 38-30-43, which may as well be designated "Medium" (but is Large on some charts)

Requires at least 6 yards of 44" fabric for size Medium if you cut the skirt panels in opposite directions (some up the grain and some down). It's nicer to cut the skirt front on a fold so there's no front seam.

Download the pattern in pdf for size Medium (38)

Download the pattern for size XL Extra Large / Bust 42. I'm getting more comfortable with scaling!

Bobbi's Dress

This was my first try at custom resizing pattern pieces for a plus size lady. Bobbi had told me she hand-stitches her clothes, which made me worried because that's a lot of time to put into a project, based on my best guess! But she says the dress came out well and fitted her just right! And that she'll use the pattern again to make more dresses.

Bobbi says, "I just found it by accident that day. But I feel that I was supposed to find it. I could not find a dress that was what I wanted and the patterns were all for small people or girls. And I was scared to spend the money for a small pattern and try to make it bigger. I am so glad you could do it. Again thank you. Bobbi"

Bobbi is 5' tall, with a bust and waist of 43", and upper arm of 18". Here is the pattern in case you are similar to those measurements.