girl’s bateaux neck dress

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back to school bateau- a line dress

I am (finally) finishing up my back-to-school sewing for Piper Jane (after this top, this dress, and this dress)… and, let me tell you friends, we are going out on a high note. Never mind that it’s almost October, right?

bateaux neck a line dressThis Back to School Bateaux A-Line Dress, sewn using this pattern by Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest and (most recently) Wee Muses Sewing Patterns is one of my favorite sewing patterns I have ever tried. Seriously.

back to school dress sewingAnneliese’s projects are always gorgeous and flawless- of course her patterns are perfectly executed as well. The finished product is gorgeous in it’s J-Crew-y, classic styling (though, with a less preppy fabric choice, the clean lines would take on all sorts of looks- bright, playful, granny chic)!

back to school bateau a line dressAs per the patterns instructions/measurements, I made Piper Jane a 2T dress with the 3T length. I am pretty much in love with stripes (you should see my closet,) and am especially enamored with this mint-and-cream goodness that I found at Michael Levine in LA. It’s a thick knit, but really soft, almost like sweatshirt material minus the fleece-y lining. I got a ton of it (like, three more yards) and can’t wait to make a whole line up of mint striped projects.

mint striped bateau dressI even made Pi a coordinating mint striped hair bow- the perfect compliment to her little toddler top knot.

back to school dress sewingPlus, I think the row of sequins I added to the pocket for my sparkle-girl took almost as long as the rest of the sewing combined. Minus the sequins, I think this entire dress would probably take and hour and a half to sew. Of course, I already have the next one cut out and sitting on my sewing table; I cannot wait to make more of these little cuties!

*Disclaimer- I received a free copy of this pattern as part of the pattern tour. All opinions entirely my own.



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  1. This dress is absolutely ADORABLE!!!!! I would be so blessed to win this pattern to sew some cute dresses for my 2 daughters! โ™ฅ โ™ฅ โ™ฅ

  2. I’m sewing some work shirts for my husband to use on the homestead. My little red-headed two year old would look darling in one of these dresses. I hope I win the pattern! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I am making a Washi Dress as a birthday present for my sister. But for the next project for my daughter, I want to sew her something in a knit fabric, so this pattern would be perfect!

  4. Sorry, I didn’t read exactly what we were supposed to comment on until I went to enter the giveaway. Hopefully my next project will be this cute dress! ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha I need to sew my girls some leggings. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I would love to get this pattern. Got boys over here..and nieces abroad…the versatility of this pattern would give me opportunity to switch styles and colors for sure !

  6. I just finished a dress and some shoes for my baby girl. I now have a shirt to refashion for me, then 2 more dresses and a skirt for my baby girl. Can you tell I am excited for finally be sewing for a girl after having 3 boys.

  7. Something simple to get myself back into sewing – infinity scarfs for my daughter and maybe for her friends for her bday. Love the Bateau style dress!

  8. My next sewing job is 2 pairs of leather baby shoes for a customer then I hope to sew more summer sleep shorts (it’ll be hot soon down here in Melbourne), I love stripes too and just bought 20m of a lovely striped knit which would be lovely for this pattern

  9. Love this! My poor sewing machine has been sadly neglected, but I have so many projects waiting to be finished: a dress for Miss H, a gift for my niece whose birthday was this past Friday (oops!), and a cover for the daybed in the playroom.

  10. I am still working on back to school sewing also. I have 3 skirts planned to coordinate with some sweaters we bought and are forlornly waiting their turn in the closet.

  11. I’m sewing a little gift for a sewing friend’s daughter! ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE your version of the bateau and would love to win, since I had to say no to the tour!

  12. I just finished hemming a few pairs of pants (and getting paid for doing it)! Next up, I’ll make gifts for my niece & nephews. Choices, choices, though…

  13. I ADORE that stripy knit! Love her whole outfit, it is just too cute! I’m working on a baby sleep gown for a friend, would love to win this pattern and make it my next project after that ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. At the moment, I’m sewing a travel changing pad (a pretty prudent pattern) as well as quilting a blanket and planning my own wedding dress!

  15. Usually I am sewing something for the girls. But Momma needs a new bag so the current project is for me! (Even if it is a diaper bag.)

  16. I have two diaper bags cut out and waiting for me (one for me, one for my sister) and have planned out my sister’s baby’s crib set, but I’m having a hard time putting down my 3-week-old so that I can get some sewing done! lol

  17. I’m so jealous that you get to do back to school sewing! I had wondered if you made this dress when I saw it in your ig feed-love!! And I’m with you on that fabric, holy moly!! Soooo super gorgeous and it even looks as soft as you’ve described. Jealous that you can go into Michael Levine. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ps-Hope you are doing well with all of this “two kiddos in school working all day” stuff!! Thinking of you friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Haha- the dresses have been so fun to make- though, I am more than ready to give my sewing machine a little rest. ๐Ÿ™‚
      And, funny you should mention my work mornings. I am hoping they get better? I have 2.5 hours on Tuesday and Thursday morning, but only three weeks a month (one week I help in the kids’ classrooms). I have had four ‘work mornings’ so far. One morning I ran out of gas (during that giant downpour that caused all of the floodin no less). And one morning the school called me to come get the kids because they thought Burke was getting sick. AGH! They’re going to get better, though, I can feel it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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