Butterick 5040 Loose Peasant Tunic

Butterick 5040 Loose Peasant Tunic

Still part of my peasant pattern buys.  I keep trying this style in different permutations.  When I looked on the Butterick website this pattern shows up as out of print.  You may still be able to find it at fabric stores.


  • Easy to Sew.
  • The yoke offers opportunities for creativity and accent.
  • The hemline can be altered for a dress or a blouse.
  • With some extra creativity you could have a nightgown or caftan from this pattern.
  • Flattering to a lot of figures.


  • It wasn’t flattering to my figure.
  • The neckline was too large.  In the photo below you can see how much I pinched out to make it fit.

Some Assembly Required:

I did flat assembly as always meaning I made the front and back separately and then attached the sleeve and sewed it all together at the underarm and side seams.

Butterick 5040 Loose Peasant Tunic Practice Muslin


This is a practice muslin and this is a second hand knit sheet.  The pattern envelope calls for knits and I wouldn’t use a woven on this as you want the neckline to fit securely and a woven wouldn’t allow you to get the blouse over your head unless you added some sort of opening and closure.


I cut about four inches off the blouse hem.  This is one time when a tissue fit might give you a good sense of where the original hem is likely to fall on you.

Will I Sew it Again:

No.  Not because it is a bad pattern but because it made me look like a plus size lady trying to hide under too much top.  Unstructured garments rarely look well on me, but if you look good in peasant styles I think this pattern would be flattering.

Advice to Others:

Fit that yoke using some scraps.  Try it out with some cheaper knits at first to get a handle on how voluminous you like the sleeve and where you want the hem to fall.

Butterick 5040: This is how much I would have to pinch out of the yoke to make the neckline fit.

Overall Style Grade:  A – I think the pattern offers a lot of ways to individualize through color blocking, decorative work on the yoke, or choosing interesting prints.

Results Grade: C – it just wasn’t for me.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Sister
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 11:58:53

    I love your fabric and the way you handled the stripes.


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