Getting Creative with Georgia

When I’m looking for inspiration, Google and Pinterest and sometimes Etsy are my tools. I really wanted to nail it for my Creative Sewing Challenge project, so I gathered lots of ideas for myself and to share with you.

Today, let’s take a look at ideas for the Georgia Top from Blue Dot Patterns. At first look the simplicity of a dolman top can lull you into thinking there aren’t many design details to work with, but there are lots of ways to amp this girl up.

 

First up, I’m looking at the dolman sleeve itself. We can do some interesting things with an insert along the shoulder. How about using some lace, a sheer, twisted tucks, chevrons, or even leather?

Georgia inserts hack collage final

 

I made my Georgia with a rectangular cut out with crossbars.

Georgia Hack by mahlicadesigns

You could do different cut out shapes and use some interesting closures too; like chain, leather toggles, button tabs, or bows.

 

Goergia Hacks Button Tabs collage
For the bodice area, the Georgia already includes a view with color blocking. Don’t limit yourself to the design lines that come with a pattern, you can make lines every which way on most patterns to do colorblocking. Don’t forget colorblocking’s design cousin, fabric mixing. Here’s an awesome idea of using lace on the sides in a curved shape that I’m itching to knock off. I’ve also had this zippered neckline in my pinterest boards forever that would look great on the Georgia.

Georgia bodice hacks collage

What are you imagining for the Georgia?

SALE:

Be sure to visit Blue Dot Patterns to take advantage of the 40% off sale (for a limited time).

GIVEAWAY:

Blue Dot Patterns is sponsoring two generous giveaways. Leave a comment here with which pattern you would like to make and be sure to click through to get entered:
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Next, visit the Blue Dot Patterns blog, gatorbunnysews, for another giveaway.

Modifying the Margo

Wanting to modify the Margo from Blue Dot Patterns? Let’s break it down.

Sleeves can be altered for lot’s of looks. Sleeveless, banded, a peek-a-boo slit, A gathered cap, layers of lace, a simple sheer, or an added bow are all ideas to start.

Margo Sleeve Hacks collage

The yoke on the Margo is a prime opportunity for your creativity.  Mix fabrics by using a lace, sheer, or dramatic print up top. Wouldn’t encrusting the yoke with pearly buttons be cute. The scoop neckline could also mean you can eliminate the button closure, replace it with a keyhole opening and tie, or a split neck opening.

Margo Yoke Hacks collage

Something I always forget is that you can modify a pattern to be a dress. You can layer sheers for a cool transparent effect and layer lace over anything for an extra feminine touch.  Using a woven for the yoke and a jersey knit for the body would be an interesting mix. How about a big switch up by moving the button placket to the back?.

Margo bodice Hacks collage

What can you dream up for the Margo?

SALE:

Be sure to visit Blue Dot Patterns to take advantage of the 40% off sale (for a limited time).

GIVEAWAY:

Blue Dot Patterns is sponsoring two generous giveaways. Leave a comment here with which pattern you would like to make and be sure to click through to get entered:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Next, visit the Blue Dot Patterns blog, gatorbunnysews, for another giveaway.

Design hacking the Dover

Are you ready for some ideas for the Dover jacket from Blue Dot Patterns?

You can personalize your Dover with embellishments. Some pearly beads around the neckline with a hidden closure would look really posh. Hand stitching details would look nice around the edges or as a motif on the back yoke. Add ruffles along the button front, ’cause who doesn’t love a ruffle? You could attach a wide ribbon as a closure if you dropped the waistline down.

Dover Hacks Embellisments collage

With a few alterations to the pattern, you can change up Dover’s look for a little variety. Instead of gathers, you can add width to the back piece to make some knife pleats. If you dropped the gathering line down on view B you can do the ribbon tie at the waist like above, or add a tab detail at the center back. Instead of buttons how about a zip up Dover, and make me happy by making it asymmetrical.

Dover Hacks Design collage

How would you make the Dover special for you?

SALE:

Be sure to visit Blue Dot Patterns to take advantage of the 40% off sale (for a limited time).

GIVEAWAY:

Blue Dot Patterns is sponsoring two generous giveaways. Leave a comment here with which pattern you would like to make and be sure to click through to get entered:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Next, visit the Blue Dot Patterns blog, gatorbunnysews, for another giveaway.