the pleated peasant shirt
*Important step in measuring the front side, make the top about 1-2 inches wider than you want it to be to leave room for pleats. I also cut the front panel longer at the bottom than the back panel.
3. Add pleats to the front of the shirt. I just added one pleat in the middle, but you can add as many as you want. Just fold the fabric over then pin it to hold the pleat. You can keep it pinned until step number 12.
4. For the sleeve:
Fold over the end (at the wrist) of the sleeve twice and do a top stitch to finish the edge.
I added some elastic at the bottom of the sleeve to make a little ruffle. Simply use a single stitch and sew the elastic on. Pin the elastic to the inside of the sleeve. Pull the elastic very tight as you are sewing so that when you let go, there is an automatic ruffle.
Fold the sleeve in half, right side of the fabric in. Sew along the side, obviously leave the ends open.
5. For the back of the shirt:
Create a ruffle. Cut a rectangular piece of fabric, fold one of the long sides over twice and then do a top stitch so that you have a finished edge. About 1/4 inch in from the finished edge, sew a single line the length of the fabric. Then very carefully, pull one piece of the thread to create the ruffle.
Sew the ruffle to a piece of fabric that measures about 2 inches x 4 inches. Do this by putting the right side of the fabric to the right side of the ruffle and sewing. As you can see in the picture, below, you only take the ruffle half way around the rectangle of fabric.
9. To do the actual button holes, this was my first attempt and they weren't perfect, but it worked. I would recommend just looking up in your sewing machine users manual to find out how your particular machine does it. I think it is different for all machines. Yeah I'm a bit of a nerd, I refer to my sewing machine users manual quite regularly.
10. Sew the front and back panels together, place the right side of the fabric to the right side of the other panel then sew along the top and the sides, leaving the sleeve arms open.
11. Make some biased trim. I do this by cutting a strip of fabric the length I needed to go around the collar and just about an inch wide. Fold one side over on to itself going up half of the length.
Then fold the other side down.
Then fold it over again, ironing as you go, so that it looks like a v.
12. Attach the biased trim to the collar by sliding it right over the edge of the fabric. The fabric goes right inside the upside down "v." Make sure not to loose your pleat as you are pinning the trim around. Do a top stitch over the biased trim. For the back of the shirt and the edge of the trim, just fold it over on to itself and do a top stitch over it.
13. Then sew on the sleeves. The easiest way I have found to do that is just to have the shirt inside out, then slide the sleeve in to the arm hole, the sleeve itself being right side out. Then pin and sew, maneuvering it so that you don't sew the arm hole shut.
14. Don't forget to sew on your buttons. I hand sewed mine on right on the white fabric.
15. I made a little felt circle flower and hand sewed it right on the shirt.