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)


A Little Here, A Little There

It’s been a bit quiet around here, but See Mommy Doing has been involved in a couple fun things elsewhere in blogland.

I shared Zeko’s birth story on the blog of Freshly Picked, the site featuring  Susan Petersen’s gorgeous moccasins, loved by many celebrity mamas for their kiddos. If you enjoyed my birth story in pictures, be sure to head over and check out the whole story!

mother holding newborn baby

I also managed to squeeze some sewing into a particularly busy schedule full of special house guests and an intensive Bible-study seminar. I was thrilled to be contacted by Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest to test a pattern for her. Her work, her site, her craftsmanship, her words — they are truly beautiful. Her chenille baby blanket is one of my favorite completed projects. I made one for Elora and Danny right before Danny was born. I still need to make one for Ezekiel!

Anyway, I was honored to test one of her soon-to-be-released patterns. The pattern itself was beautiful, easy to follow, and taught me some useful sewing tips as I went along. I’ll be sure to let you all know when her pattern is released, but here’s a sneak peek:

boy in striped shirt


Embroidered Fleece Blanket

I do still sew. I know, I know, I have three little kids, give myself a break. Truth is, I love it and it’s something I can accomplish, start to finish, which makes me feel good, so I do what I can when I can (which is a lot less than before).

embroidered fleece blanket

This is a recent project I finished for my sister’s birthday. I worked on it in between newborn feeding sessions in the evenings after the older kids were in bed. It was fun, relatively quick, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Although I haven’t embroidered in years (and I don’t think I’ve ever embroidered something actually useful) I love the look of hand done embroidery. When I saw this project on So Semptember it captured my imagination. The crisp white snowflakes on a simple, cozy piece of cushy fleece…

The project is also a good one because yes, it’s a handmade blanket, but you can make a large one much more affordably and quickly than, say, a knitted or even crocheted blanket or a quilt. It’s also super easy to toss in the washer and dryer.

And, yet, as I reminded my sister in a particularly cheesy moment, “Every stitch is made with love.”

embroidered fleece blanket gift
A free pattern and instructions are available through Good Housekeeping. I have the materials for a slightly funkier rendition, which I’ll present along with my own tips for the project, so stay tuned!

Girl’s Ruffle Skirt in Lemonade Seersucker

So, one end-of-summer sewing project is done. Elora-Belle and I call it the Lemonade Skirt. I love how it turned out. girls layered skirt

The seersucker is really a perfect weight for the ruffles, which bounce and swish, even when Elora-Belle is just walking.

The entire skirt is made from strips of fabrics, so it goes together quickly and easily, and the pattern is quite forgiving.

I used Dana’s Tutorial: The Layered Skirt. I even employed her so-called “cheater method” for gathering fabric – and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to sewing rows of basting stitches and tugging.

girls layered skirt

girls layered skirt

If you’ve been itching to try ruffles but have been scared to give them a go, this ruffle skirt will give you a healthy dose of practice gathering and attaching ruffles (JDP, this means you). And the end product is so, so cute. Don’t you think?

girls layered skirt

Though it could certainly be dressed up, this skirt, as you can see, is also perfect for running around in. And the skirt will carry well into fall by being worn over leggings.

The elastic waist doesn’t hamper maneuverability, which is very necessary for butterfly stalking among the zinnias…

girls layered skirtgirls layered skirt

… in their final shouts of color before cooler weather mutes them.