Monday, September 9, 2013

Back to School Bateaux Tour

 

So Avery has started Kindergarten. To be honest I thought I'd be more emotional about it, but after two years of pre-school it felt like no big deal. She was so excited about it, and I am happy to have some more focused time to spend with just Ollie in the mornings.


Avery is pretty big for her age, but still really built like more of a toddler, which can make shopping for cute age-appropriate clothes kind of a challenge. So when Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest gave me the chance to be part of her Back to School Bateaux Pattern Tour. I happily accepted. I don't actually sew as often as I'd like, but I knew that I wanted to make Avery a few tops for school that would be really comfortable and functional and this pattern totally fit the bill. Plus, everything Anneliese makes is really detailed and perfect, so I knew her patterns would be no exception.


I can happily report that to be the case! It is a great, well thought out, easy to follow pattern with no mistakes. The Bateau pattern comes with many variations, all pretty simple to sew. I chose the pleated, button-backed version, because-- well buttons. I love them. And I found this amazing vintage knit trim (and stripe buttons) at Harmony Shop in Provo and knew I had to incorporate it somehow. Doesn't it remind you of like an old-school ski sweater. My hands got shaky when I spotted it I was so excited!


This pattern really lends itself to using trim because the hems are straight across. Other than that, I kept things pretty simple and followed the pattern straight-up, and it came together like a dream.


Anneliese suggests that you size up if using a less-stretchy knit, and I wish I had followed that advice. I made just a basic version of the plain t-shirt using a jersey knit to check the size, and it fit well so I thought I'd be OK, but I really should have followed her advice and sized up--especially because I wanted this to wear like more of a tunic. Ah well, next time.


Still, Avery is obviously very comfortable-- so much so that she won't hold still for a photo, so Success!


Anneliese has been kind enough to give away a copy of her pattern. Leave a comment to enter, and I'll pick a winner on Friday. 

Be sure to check out all the other versions of the pattern too!


27 comments:

  1. The top is very cute, love the vintage trim!

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  2. Love that look! The fabric is fabulous.

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  3. Oh I love this! So modern and so cute. And yes, we still read your blog. ;)

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  4. Love your version! That trim is very pretty and gives the shirt a nice touch :)

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  5. Ooh, so chic and it looks great on Avery! Love her matching nail polish, too!

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  6. Love the added trim! So cute.

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  7. Very cute ! I'd love to try this pattern for my boys...

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  8. Adorable, and so so cute!!!! I love it!!!

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  9. adorable outfit, I would like this in my big girl size! ;-)
    versatile and timeless classic pattern that can be embellished in many ways! lovely tres bon suave' chic!
    <3

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  10. LOVE the trim!!! I'll have to check out that shop the next time I'm in Provo. The buttons in the back are really cool as well. Great job!

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  11. Avery is adorable in that top! And the trim is great. Very retro! :)

    I was bigger than most of my classmates also... and I have a friend who's daughter is 3 and somewhere between a 6 and 7 size.... but still so very much a toddler! the clothes in stores for that age just are too grown up! I made a sweet night gown for her for winter that was still sweet and innocent but it's hard to find in stores so I feel for you.

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  12. Hurray! My girls are so tall and skinny that it's almost impossible to find age-appropriate clothing for them. I definitely need to do more sewing for their wardrobes and this is darling!

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  13. So glad to see a post from you again:) And with such a cute top too! I adore this pattern - have loved everything I"ve seen sewn with it!

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  14. lovely!!!! that trim is squeal worthy for sure! She looks quite happy with her top!!! always a good thing. :)

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  15. Danielle, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with this pattern! That trim is scrumptious! And she looks so cute. I have to be on the look for soem cool tirm like that...

    -Anneliese

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  16. too cute! I love love love it Danielle!

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  17. Wow! The top, the photography, the trim accents, your Daughter's eyes... All perfect!! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  18. I knew I'd love your version and she looks absolutely smashing! Great job. xoxo Katy

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  19. I love how it's sophisticated & playful all at the same time. So glad to have you post!

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  20. I love this top. and the trim is so fun!

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  21. I have two granddaughters who would love this top!

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  22. saw this on IG and had to pop over-it's adorable...that trim is fabulous! I have a secret love for kids in black clothes. not sure why, but it's something i'm always drawn to. this is great!

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  23. Darling! Bateaux is my favorite neckline. I wonder if my two boys could pull off a bateaux neckline off?

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  24. Wow, I love the top! I think I need this pattern in my size!

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