Margo Mood Dress
I've got something really different (at least for me) today on the blog! A tiered Margo Dress! I've been so inspired by the tiered Margo hack Michelle did in her Sew News article (if you haven't picked it up at the bookstore...there's still time) I decided to give Margo a new spin myself! Lot's of new elements here and hopefully some inspo for your spring and summer sewing. Gathers, full sleeves and a southwest print from Mood Fabrics all together give a brand new feel to my dearly loved, and often used Margo pattern.
I took the Margo pattern with long sleeves, added an elastic waist and a tiered skirt and finished it off with inset pockets and embroidery floss topstitching. Here's a quick low down so you can make your own!
It really is easy (let's face it, we're really only adding rectangles for tiers) and here's how I did it step by step (wow, my brain queued up "Step by Step" by New Kids On The Block!):
And for some fun I used dusty aqua embroidery thread, using this method, at the yoke and each tier. It really separated the tiers and added to the boho feel.
I can tell you the hardest and most time consuming thing about this project was the pattern matching! The cutting took a whole lot longer than the sewing!. I bought a swatch first (in a different colorway) and liked the print but decided on this color instead. It came as quite a surprise to me when this fabric came and the scale was so much LARGER than the swatch! We need a challenge every now and again, right?
Another Margo hack is coming next. Stay tuned and grab the Margo Blouse pattern for just $7.80 in the shop!
More to come....
A Liberty Margo
The May Margo inspiration continues with this sleeveless summer Margo Blouse made from Liberty lawn. I'm always grabbing for sleeveless tops in my closet in the morning (it's usually so hot here) so I'm always looking to add more options. The Margo Blouse is a great option without sleeves and since I only had a tiny bit of this lovely Liberty print, I knew I had to get creative. I eeked this blouse out of 1 1/4 yards!
A while back I made this Margo hack from some scraps I had in my stash from other projects. Some were quite small but I knew I could adjust the yoke and the bodice to fit even the smallest pieces. I raised the yoke and added a split in it, left off the sleeves and added a ruffle instead. Turns out, I wear this blouse all the time. I have all the details here if you'd like to read about it.
On this version I used the pattern just as before and added vintage lace on the front placket.
I've had these "buttons" in for a long time and I've never known what to do with them since they aren't functional but they are really pretty. This is the perfect project since I don't need the buttons to close but did want something else to make it special. Please take note...the card says they were 29 cents! They really are vintage.
The weather is getting hot here so I've already worn this a lot with jeans and with blue Coffeehouse Pants. I have another Margo in the works...this time in a pretty gauze. Stay tuned!
Some exciting news! The Margo Blouse is featured in the Spring edition of SewNews Magazine! Michelle of That Black Chic blog and the editor of Sewn Magazine, did a fun article on adding tiers to the Margo Blouse! You're gonna want to pick it up not just for the Margo Blouse but also some other nice how-to's for spring.
The Margo Blouse pattern is just $7.80 in the shop. And more summer inspiration is on it's way to the blog using the Margo Blouse. More soon!
Hi! I'm Diane, a wife, mom, sewing teacher and pattern designer from sunny Southern California. I share my sewing adventures here on the Blue Dot Blog formerly Gatorbunnysews. For more info click here.