Today I have the honor of introducing Tricia from Leafy Treetop Spot as our guest blogger for the Pattern Remix Series. Tricia has always impressed me with her flawless work. You can see that she thinks out every detail, and always goes the extra mile when it comes to her creations. Just look at her Quiet Book series for an example, I am pretty sure she has cornered the tutorial market with all of her templates available!

Here are just a few of her things I have fallen in love with…







Not only is she an incredibly talented seamstress, but she can PAINT!!! She has the most adorable prints for sale in her Etsy Shop




When I saw her Pattern Remix entry, I was in l-o-v-e…she has done it yet again. Taking a pattern we all know and love, and adding those little finishing details to truly turn it into something special. Without further ado, I give you Tricia…

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When Jessica asked me to participate in her Pattern Remix Series I immediately knew which pattern I wanted to work with. Rae, of Made by Rae, offers an adorable Itty Bitty Baby Dress Pattern on her blog. It has become my go to dress pattern when ever I am invited to a baby shower for a little girl. The dress pattern is simple to follow, and makes up very quickly. One thing that makes it the perfect pattern for a remix is that it is relatively basic, you don’t have a lot of frills or details to omit or revise.

Itty Bitty Baby Dress: Image Source
It is a simple and sweet dress for any new little lady.
I didn’t want to do a complete overhaul of the pattern, so I made a few simple changes that gave it a bit of a twist. With the original bodice pattern piece as a guide, I created a new pattern piece with a squared neckline, and straight straps with a button closure. The revised bodice pattern piece would be used for the pattern of both lining pieces, and the back bodice piece. I created a second bodice pattern piece that added 2 1/2″ to the center of the bodice front piece. The added material accommodated four pin tucks. The four pin tucks create a little faux placket that I think adds a lot of charm to the dress. The two center pin tucks are 1/4″ pin tucks, and the outer tucks are 3/8″. The tucks were created prior to assembling the bodice.
The last change to the bodice was the addition of three small flower shaped buttons down the center of the placket, and two small buttons at the shoulder straps.

When it comes to the skirt I added two 1/2″ tucks near the bottom hem. I added two extra inches of length to the skirt dimensions that Rae gives. Each 1/2″ tuck requires an extra inch of material. Rather than cutting out both my front and back pieces for the skirt, I doubled the width of the rectangle, added my tucks, and then cut my long rectangle in half. This helped to ensure that my tucks would properly align when attaching them at the side seams.

Another revision to the original pattern was the addition of pleats. Rae’s original Itty Bitty Baby dress calls for a gathering stitch around the skirt to ease it into the bodice. I created four pleats on both the front and back skirt pieces. I matched up the side seams of the bodice and skirt, and then with centers matched, created pleats to both match up with my bodice pin tucks, and to account for the added material of the skirt. My pleats ended up sitting one inch, and one and one quarter inches from the center of the skirt/bodice. The pleats were then pressed and basted in place prior to attaching the skirt to the bodice.


I made another minor change to the pattern by replacing the piping and bias tape elements, with some simple ecru crocheted trim that I picked up at my local Joann’s.


No dress is complete without a matching pair of shoes. These little booties are a pattern remix of Sweet Pea Pattern’s Reversible Mary Janes. These faux leather booties aren’t reversible, but they are plenty soft, and wearable, and that little “pearl” in the center of the bow ties the whole outfit together.

Thanks so much Jessica for including me in your Pattern Remix series.

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That dress, and those SHOES!!! To die for! So very special, I can just imagine them on little baby piggies :). Thank you again so much for being here Tricia!