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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?
This 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.
Anneliese’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)!
As 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.
I even made Pi a coordinating mint striped hair bow- the perfect compliment to her little toddler top knot.
Plus, 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.