Peasant Shirt - Sewing Instructions
To make the shirt you need two shirt lengths of 150 cm / 60" wide fabric. Measure from mid shoulder and as far down as you would like the shirt to be long. In my case it is about 80 cm /39,5". So I would need 160 cm or 63" of fabric. My fabric is a fine bleached linen, but fine cotton is also used and even a blend of wool and cotton.
I hand sewed my shirt, using a combination of running stitch and back stitch, three running stitches and one back stitch. The seams are first sewn together on the right side and then again on the back, so that the edges are hidden and there is no need to zik-zak. But it is perfectly acceptable to sew the shirt on a sewing machine and use zik-zak if one want to do that. The pattern is in centimeters, but I have also included inches, but those are slightly rounded off.
Now cut two pattern pieces for the sleeves. These measure 50 cm by 60 cm.
One one side you should mark 15 cm /6" from the center. This is where you put small gathers on the sleeve. On the same side mark 10 cm / 4"at the edge on both sides, this is where the square pieces will be fitted under the arms.