A Tutorial on Adding a Button Back to Patricia

It’s August which means fall is just around the corner. I’ve started to sew transition pieces for my daughter’s closet that will allow us to ease into those cooler temps. Two of my favorite patterns right now are Patricia and Tammy. They pair perfectly for those warm days and cool nights. The dramatic high low Patricia top is light and breezy and the bell sleeves make the top a statement piece. Tammy shorts are REVERSIBLE which means more wear from one piece. And that little ruffle… be still my heart. 

When I sewed up my first Patricia I cried when I went to slip the top over her head and it wouldn’t go. I mean no amount of pushing and pulling was going to get that top over her big ole head. But I didn’t give up because I was determined to get this gorgeous pattern on my girl. With a little modification you, too, can make Patricia into a button back top that will slide right over even the biggest of baby and toddler noggins. 

First I cut out my back bodice pattern piece and taped it onto a new piece of plain paper. I traced 1 3/8” onto the straight edge of the back bodice pattern piece labeled with the fold line. This is to account for seam allowance and overlap. Cut around the lines you’ve made to create a new pattern piece.