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)


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.