Hot! The Peasant Kasia Combo

Peasant-kasia-promoThe Facts

Fabric: Floral Cotton – $3.95 for 1.5 yards from Fabric Outlet; Black linen ~$12 for 1 3/8 yards from Joann’s
Pattern: Kasia Skirt from BurdaStyle – Free; Shirt: Simplicity 4678 c. 1954 – $5
Notions: Vintage buttons – $.0005
Year: c. 1954 & modern
Time to complete: About 5 hours
First worn: May 2010
Wear again? Yes.

Total Cost: ~$21

This is my second Kasia skirt, part of an outfit I also created for my vacation last month. See this post about my first Kasia to learn more about the pattern and construction. This one was much easier to complete since I already had one Kasia under my belt and I knew from the beginning to ignore the directions included with the pattern.

I’ll blame the wonky button placement on the fact I rushed this to be finished before the trip and was using the precise measurement technique called “eyeing it.” When it’s 3:00 in the morning, the last thing I want to do is find my ruler in the mess that is my sewing room.

Additionally, I’ll blame the gathering of the pockets for the skirt’s anemic appearance on the dressform. This skirt needs hips and and junk in the trunk to fully do it justice.

For this skirt, I chose to use the same black linen for the side pockets and the rest of the skirt. To give it a bit more life I used contrast fabric for the flap/pocket lining — the fabric from the blouse.


The peasant blouse was very straightforward and easy to complete. Oh! to create all my clothing with elastic! Not much to say about the shirt construction other than I’ll definitely use the pattern again and will no doubt work some embroidery into the next version.

Kasia-mena  And although I usually don’t write about my shoes, I had to write a little something about this pair of yellow wedges. I’m convinced that when looking for 1940s and 1950s inspired shoes, it’s important to find a shoe brand that’s still catering to the original clientele of that particular style. These are a pair of Easy Spirits that I bought at an Easy Spirt outlet for $29. Not only are they comfortable (they look like a shoe, feel like a sneaker!), but they’re well made and non-slip! We have to remember that the “old women” of today were the young women of yesterday and they know a thing or two about sensible and adorable shoes.


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. gorgeous outfit! i’m in love with that skirt and the yellow shoes.

  2. I love that skirt! Very cute!

  3. Fantastic, timeless outfit! What a great looking skirt, I love the yellow buttons.
    And I love that you shared your shoes, I’m always looking for ones that are cute but comfortable, trendy but wearable. Yours are adorable!

  4. I really want to make that skirt now. Aren’t those peasant blouses the easiest thing to make?! I have used a Built by Wendy pattern from her book for a peasant top- I have lengthened it to make a short dress to wear with tights. The quickest thing to make! I love your blog :)

  5. Another great outfit! How do you do it? I have a peasant blouse I need to try out to match my Ruby Shorts.
    My old Scenic Construction teacher used to call guesstimating “using the old Eyeball School of Technology” so I am more than familiar with that technique!

  6. I’m a big believer in comfy shoes and searching out where old ladies shop for good footwear. I found some great espadrilles from–which is cram packed with old lady goodness!
    I’m going to hot foot it over to Easy Spirts!
    Thanks yet again for the inspiration,
    – Dottie

  7. Did you line the skirt? I was just wondering… I have been reading another blog and she was saying that since she sews so many items made from linen… she always lines them and they don’t seem to wrinkle as much! It’s a thought. Other than that, it is really cute on you!

  8. Adorable!

  9. Oh I forgot to say, I love contrast pocket lining. It’s like a cute little secret that makes the whole outfit cuter. :D

  10. Gorgeous, the whole outfit. You look stunning. And those yellow shoes? Fabulous!

  11. This past weekend I wore my newly made favorite peasant top. I have it pictured on my blog now. An older (in her 70’s) lady rushed up to me to tell me how adorable I looked and how nice it was to see someone expecting wearing an appropriate top and not one of those shirts that hug the pregnant belly! LOL! Well, I’m NOT expecting, but told her I was flattered since I’m really past the childbearing age, so not to be embarrassed and I would take it as a compliment. Anyway, all this to say…I never thought in a million years of wearing a peasant top tucked in! It looks great, and I may give that a try, although I just love the freedom of my peasant tops letting it all hang out too…I don’t want to feel like I look pregnant either. Love your blog and visit often!

  12. I love that skirt! I have been eyeing it for a while, but didn’t think it work with my figure. You’re built about the same as me, and you look great, so I think I’ll try it!

  13. I have always loved the double buttoned trousers, but now I’m a convert, this skirt is lovely, really is made with matching buttons and shoes.

  14. I know i keep saying that this one is my favorite…but everything you make is soooo darn cute!