The Katya peasant top, by Genniewren Designs, is a fun summer top you will want to make for your dolls.
The traditionally styled peasant top has been given a twist with a center smocked or embellished front panel.
The design offers four sleeve options to choose from: an elasticated puffed sleeve, a bell sleeve, two of straight sleeve finished with ruffles and a sleeve that’s pleated at the bottom to reduce the fullness.
The front panel can be embellished in several ways including machine gathering and hand or machine embroidery, traditional geometric smocking, picture smocking, or by sewing on toning or contrasting ribbon to hold the gathers in place.
You could also use different fabrics for the sleeves and center panel to add a modern Euro Style look to your peasant top, or used purchased pre-ruffled trim for the hem and sleeve edges.
If you are making the smocked version of the Katya Peasant Top please note that this pattern does not teach you to smock. The PDF pattern provides three example smocking plates in chart form with finished close up photographs and descriptions of the smocking stitches used.
Recommended Fabrics: Woven fabrics: cotton lawn, batiste, Swiss voile, poplin, chambray, handkerchief linen, imperial batiste, polyester/cotton blendsSupplies Needed:
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced (Advanced is for smocked version)
What You Get: One 36 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
I made the "Katya Peasant Top" with the puffed sleeves. The directions were very well written and the pattern pieces clear and concise; a few pieces had to be matched from one printed sheet to another. Having three smocking designs as samples was very much appreciated. Some steps required the sewist to make some measurement changes, e.g. the neckline bias piece. Because this pattern is designed for smocking, and changes may need to be made in the neckline bias, I agree with the sewing level assignment as "intermediate." This may not be a quick top to make because of the smocking and other embellishment the sewist may include, but it is easy if the sewist allows enough time to enjoy the process of planning her own version and paying attention to details. Tip: to aid in placing the smocked section to the side front pieces where you want them, use a product like "Wonder Tape." This allows you to preview the placement before the insert is sewn in, and you can readjust if you need to before sewing the seams. The bonus headscarf pattern and suggested embellishment ideas is a lovely addition. Making this top was a lot of fun, and I will use more Genniewren Designs patterns in the future; the directions are excellent.