If you haven't come across the Bateau Neck Top pattern yet, you are in for a treat! The more clothing I sew for the kiddo, the more I realize that I prefer to make clothes using knits. I've been lucky enough to get to add several awesome knit sewing patterns to my collection recently and the Bateau Neck Top/Dress is no exception. Versatile? Check. Easy to sew? Check. Good fit? Check. Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest created the Bateau Neck Top pattern (in sizes 18m - 10 yrs) as well as an additional dress extension pattern and invited me to be part of her pattern tour. I had originally planned on just making a top for this post but decided at the last minute that I was going to have to make the drop waist style dress too!
Did I mention these were easy to make? The top came together really quickly and I love the little details that set it apart - the elbow length sleeves and wide neckline. I used an adorable strawberry print jersey by Heather Ross. I picked some up here. This fabric is sooooo nice - it has a nice amount of stretch and is not too thin. My kiddo absolutely loves strawberries so I thought she would enjoy a cute strawberry shirt.
The dress was just a bit more work but that was mostly due to the fact that I used a fabric that was a little too lightweight. If you are new to sewing with knits, I really suggest avoiding knits that are very thin. Makes things tricky. Because the fabric was so thin and drape-y; instead of using elastic at the waist, I did a few rows of shirring with elastic thread instead. I can't wait to make a few more dresses like these....so comfy and easy to play in. I'm thinking dots next time!
patterns | bateau neck top + bateau neck dress extension fabric | briar rose lilac strawberries + stripes (from my stash)
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