Creative Sewing Challenge-a Refashion (The Margo Blouse)

Creative Sewing Challenge-a Refashion (The Margo Blouse)

Uncomfortable in front of the camera? Play with your hem.
Uncomfortable in front of the camera? Play with your hem.

When Melissa from Mahlica Designs contacted me about participating in Blue Dot Patterns creative sewing challenge, I immediately knew I wanted to do the Margo Blouse, but I had no idea what I would do with it. And then I won a free giant tshirt from my favorite local business.

A very large, very wrinkly shirt.
A very large, very wrinkly shirt.

I love the Drink Tavern. It’s like my Cheers. The owners, Doug and Mary, are two of the best people you’ll ever meet. The regular patrons there are like family to me. When I first moved here, these were the people who befriended me. It’s like home. Seriously. It rocks.

I made Doug pose with me at Friendsgiving.
I made Doug pose with me at Friendsgiving.

I knew I wanted to use my Drink Tavern shirt, but the Margo pattern is for wovens, not knits. Also the pattern is already a bit more “flowy” than I’d normally wear (what can I say, I like tight clothes), so I sized all the way down to an extra small (according the pattern chart, I should have cut a medium). I also skipped the facings, due to lack of fabric. Given the opportunity, I would have used the facings. For the neckline, I turned and stitched the hem. For the sleeves, I just used the existing sleeve hems. I did a wavy hem on the bottom, because I liked it and it’s easy! I took about an inch out of the shoulders, which is pretty common for me and my stumpy shoulders. You may not have to. I also only used two buttons instead of three, since mine were huge. Looking at it, I could have crammed three.

Doug gets a little sassy.
Doug gets a little sassy.

I just serged the whole thing together, from cutting the fabric to sewing the buttons, the whole project took maybe two hours. Diane’s pattern instructions were very easy to follow, I had no problems assembling the pdf or following the pattern.

I blame the cold for this disgruntled face.
I blame the cold for this disgruntled face.

I really can’t think of anything else, this is such a simple and easy pattern! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Now comes the part where I share some extra photos, as I’m out of commentary. Be sure to check out my fellow sewalong participants listed below, and happy sewing! 🙂

Mahlica Designs-check out those cutouts!
That’s Sew Amy-my sewing buddy and blog photographer
Life by Ky-now that’s a tripod
Shanni Loves-that pintuck, though
Bobbins on my mind-looking forward to this one!
Cindy Parrett-not our first sewalong together
Musings of a Seamstress-Sara is so adorable
That Black Chick-I don’t even have words, Michelle NAILED it. Wow. Stunning.

Boring side view.
Boring side view.
Better view of the back.
Better view of the back.

6 thoughts on “Creative Sewing Challenge-a Refashion (The Margo Blouse)

  1. You rocked this challenge! Taking a free t-shirt and turning it into a Margo Blouse? It doesn’t get much better. You creativity is boundless. Thank you for sharing your talent!

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