Sewing for Kids: Bateau Neck Dress

I was privileged to test another pattern for Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest. This is the Bateau Neck A-Line Dress, an extension of the Bateau Neck Top I sewed for Danny. Anneliese’s patterns are truly the most beautiful patterns I’ve worked from. I even learned some useful sewing techniques through following her meticulous directions.

sewing for kids-bateau neck dress (3)I’ve had this star fabric for a while and intended to use it for the boys. But I actually love it for her. I think it’s different and fun. Making it in a thicker knit (it was like light sweatshirt weight) makes the dress perfect for playing in while it’s still hot and then for layering as it gets cooler.

sewing for kids-bateau neck dress (2)I love the simplicity of the dress, and the cut is just the right amount of being fitted yet still loose enough to add the perfect amount of “swing.” While I was putting it together, I couldn’t stop picturing a little gathered pocket, so I added one of my own even though the pattern calls for a flatter version. I love the little touch of girly-ness it adds.

sewing for kids-bateau neck dress (7)Lining the pocket with some leftover minky from another project gave the dress a touch of pink. I couldn’t help myself. =)

sewing for kids-bateau neck dress (1)I’ll be sure to let you know when this pattern extension is available.  In the meantime, pin this adorable dress to your sewing board!

Sew you next time! HAHAHAHAHAHAH (ouch, I know)



  1. Cute dress and the pink girly touch

  2. Thank you so much for testing this for me. I love this dress! Your fabric and the gathered pocket are so fun–I hope she enjoys wearing it.

  3. Sarah Helene says:

    GREAT star-studded fabric looks really comfy on a darling model. SIMPLE pattern, with style, versatile & the added pocket can certainly hold some “found treasures” for a young girl. Vivid natural green grass background is IDEAL– what a PHOTO SHOOT with FUN poses! Thanks to Anneliese’s creatively SIMPLE dress design through Wee Muses Pattern collection. I’ve been following her blog & now I can follow yours! Sarah Helene of Minneapolis, MN

    • Shifrah Combiths says:

      Thanks so much, Sarah! The pattern was great and I really like how the dress turned out with the stars. I want to make more things for my kids with that kind of sweatshirt weight fabric. It’s nice to sew with and it is a great transition season fabric. Glad you enjoyed the photos!