bateau neck top + dress | pattern tour + giveaway (CLOSED)


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)


For a chance to win your own copy of the Bateau Neck Top pattern, simply leave a comment below. Maybe you can share what your next sewing project is going to be!
  • one entry per person
  • giveaway open world wide
  • please make sure there is a way for me to contact you in case you win (email address in comment or linked to profile)
  • winner will be drawn randomly
  • giveaway closes Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 9 pm cst


61 comments:

  1. Every time I see the dress made up I wish that either Vincent could wear them or that Eddie was that tiny bit older! I hope they're still fashionable when she is old enough ahah! It just looks so comfortable! (hmmmm maybe for me!)

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  2. Every time I see the dress made up I wish that either Vincent could wear them or that Eddie was that tiny bit older! I hope they're still fashionable when she is old enough ahah! It just looks so comfortable! (hmmmm maybe for me!)

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  3. Love the dress version...your little one is a cutie!

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  4. Love the dress version...your little one is a cutie!

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  5. So so sweet! I would love to sew one of these up for my little girl who just started preschool and even my little 3 year old man would look so gq

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  6. Beautiful! Now I really want that Briar Rose knit!

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  7. I need to get the extension for this pattern

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  8. I need to get the extension for this pattern

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  9. I've loved seeing all the versions of this coming out! My next sewing project is the new Oliver & S Playtime pattern. Fun!

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  10. I would love to get this pattern! It is precious and have loved seeing all the projects coming out. Thank you for sharing your adorable version as well!

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  11. Vanessa, these are so cute on your beautiful girl! I love that Briar Rose knit too. Thank you so much for sewing with me on this tour!

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  12. I LOVE the print on the bateau top! I just found your blog through Aesthetic Nest and already I adore your style. I'm about to browse around a bit but thanks for the eye candy AND a terrific giveaway!

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  13. lovely! my girls prefer knits these days so I should just get comfortable sewing with them. thanks for the chance!

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  14. I'm sewing a first day of preschool dress for my little girl and next, I should finish the quilt for my living room.

    sntbosch(at)me(dot)com

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  15. I'm currently working on a Briar Rose quilt. I love this pattern. It would be perfect for my daughter.

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  16. Vanessa, these are both adorable! I'm actually going to be attempting to sew something for my husband! I'm excited and so is he. :)

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  17. Love this pattern! Your top & dress are so cute on your daughter. Would love to win this! (Framma.kt616@gmail.com)

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  18. Would love to win the pattern! It looks very cute and I have three little girls to sew it for. :)

    dm_dasha(at)yahoo.com

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  19. Oh, I really need this one...I agree, kids like knit... I'm working on a Debbi's birthday dress for my toddler (and have seam ripped the whole thing twice...sigh.

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  20. I love this pattern and have been drooling over it since its release. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  21. I've seen this pattern before and I absolutely love it!!

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  22. I love this pattern and am putting it on my need-to-sew-for-next-summer list! I had my eye on a dress from Tea yesterday that was almost the exact same as the cute one you made with the pink stripes- handmade is ten times better, though- love it!

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  23. I love the bateau neck top pattern. I would definitely make my 6 year old daughter a comfy dress (or 5) to wear to school and on our December vacation. She pretty much only wears comfortable knit clothes and this pattern would be the perfect addition to our collection. Thanks! kristie_keely(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  24. Your clothes are beautiful as always! I am loving all the great bateau creations from the blog tour! I totally agree with you, I am mostly sewing with knits for my kids recently. My most current projects have been an Anywhere dress and a Varsity Cowl top, both knits! :)

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  25. Oooo... I love this dress! I've been wanting to challenge myself to work with knits too.

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  26. Oh my, I would love this pattern for my daughter! It's just what we've been looking for. Your two versions are awesome!!

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  27. Sewing with knits is on my list of things to do. This would be a great start.

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  28. Your daughter and those outfits are adorable! My next project is a bunch of jersey scarves for my little nephews.

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  30. This pattern is awesome! I have been using more knits myself. My next project is pants for my three little girls.

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  31. I love your dress version. Your daughter is adorable

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  32. The dress is really cute, would love to try it for my two girls

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  33. Adorable. I plan on making a coat for my oldest girl.

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  34. Too cute! Nothing like sewing for girls! I'm working on my daughter's fall wardrobe!

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  35. im working on some baby doll diapers and diaper clutches!

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  36. These are beautiful, Vanessa. I really like the strawberry shirt. I've made 3 knit shirts in the past 8 days, and I'm about to start my 4th tomorrow! I'm finally figuring out the tricks that make sewing with knits easier.

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  37. I'm working on making a daliah flower for the front door instead of a fall wreath out of felt... lets hope it works

    Jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  38. This is such a great pattern, and I love what you've done with it! I just made a boat neck top for my daughter and royally messed up the neckline. Sure would be nice to know the RIGHT way to sew it:) My next sewing project is from an Ottobre magazine . . . just a simple knit long sleeve top with some thrifted jersey.

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  39. Really cute! I have tried sewing with light knits and it's just made me even more scared! I need to find a good started fabric!

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  40. I simply love the dress you made for your little one! I love sewing with knits, and my next project is already cut out and ready to sew up. It's the recess raglan! Your daughter is a stunner! Love the pictures you took-as always :)
    corne.lia.roehrer (at) gmail.com

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  41. You daughter is adorable in both versions of the bateau, your style is so colourful, comfy and fun!!

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  42. I love the top! I am working on pants for my ever growing little boy :)

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  43. Love the dress it looks so comfy! The top is cute too :D

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  44. totally loving the dress version of this pattern! would LOVE to try it out.

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  45. I'm in ! Love to win this pattern !

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  46. So cute I love the dress. This would be a prefect pattern for my girls.
    Kellymsummers at gmail dot com

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  47. I just got a hand me down serger so I definitely need to try this pattern!

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  48. I've never sewn with jersey fabric - it's looks something I really need to try!!

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  49. Ooh! This would be wonderful to win! I could definitely see this as a staple pattern I can go back to time and again

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  50. I love both of your versions! Thanks for a chance to win the pattern - it looks like a great one.

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  51. I'm still trying to improve my confidence with knits... Love what you have done and would love trying it myself! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  52. Love this pattern! And your Briar Rose shirt is adorable!!

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  53. My next sewing project is going to be a skirt (which I hope to start today after going to the fabric store). I have made a lot of leggings, so I figured it was time my daughter had a skirt too. :)

    dragonflydmb (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  54. So darling! I'm about to make a knit dress for my daughter with a similar strawberry pattern. So fun. :)

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  55. I would love to win. It's looks really good and I have lots of jersey to use ;)

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  56. I love boatneck tops. Would love to give this one a try. Thanks

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  57. Oh I love the stripey one. My daughter has a store bought one that looks similar to this and she wears it to death! Must learn to sew this! ;-)

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  58. ADORABLE, Vanessa! Love both versions. Ummmm next sewing project is a Bimaa sweater, I believe! Actually no, first it's some uber practical bike shorts for under Em's school skirts. ;)

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  59. Really adorable! I like both versions you made. That Heather Ross looks super comfy and sweet too.

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  60. Hi, Did you find the bateau top ran large? I made it for my 7 year old in a size 6 and she can pretty much slide it down over her shoulders. I made it a bit better with a giant back pleat ti the neckline. I have checked to make sure I cut the right size, and I did. Thanks for any input.

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    1. I'd have to say it ran pretty true to size - at least for the 4T version I made. My daughter has very narrow shoulders too. It could have something to do with what type of fabric you used or what seam allowance you used at the neckline. I know with knits it can sometimes be tricky to fold under a neckline evenly. The fabric I used was a very stable knit so it's not very stretchy and I was able to get a clean, even fold at the neckline. It's very possible that if I used something thinner or a lot stretchier, I would have ended up with a too-wide neck line.

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