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…
|Itty Bitty Baby Dress: Image Source|
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.
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!