Margo Princess Add-On Kit
By popular request, we’re pleased to announce a chic add-on for our Margo jumpsuit pattern – the Princess bodice.
As her name suggests, Princess is a smart, sophisticated and graceful update to the playsuit trend. With a collar-bone framing boat neck, figure skimming princess seam and optional sleeve in two lengths, the Margo Princess is the perfect go-to outfit for board meeting, beach or ballroom.
As with all Sew La Di Da patterns, Princess is extremely versatile in terms of fabric choices and suitability – choose velvet, silk, chiffon, lace or brocade for a glamorous Princess Grace look, or cotton, denim or jersey for a more engineering Princess Elizabeth feel!
Important: Princess is a torso only pattern, containing instructions and multi-size patterns for bodice, sleeve and an optional collar. To make the full jumpsuit or playsuit, the standard Margo pattern is also required.
Please Note: all Sew La Di Da Vintage Dress Patterns are protected by copyright, and are for home use only.
Full disclosure - I got this pattern to alter for a boatnecked dress I’m making - I altered it to open in the front, but because it has a spit collar I just needed to alter the back and front bodice.
I printed the pattern out on A4 paper - presumably the instructions are elsewhere in the website for this, usually they’re included in the printable files - this way makes sense - I like that the pattern file did not have an extra page just for printing instructions and the sizing check is included on the first page of the pattern, no wasted paper.
The A4 pages mostly fitted well (I used to think these issues were a problem with my printer but since I’ve used Truly Victorian patterns I now know A4 pattern sheets can all fit perfectly) - I’ve used pdf. Patterns much, much worse than this! I advise using Scotch magic tape - it’s easier to readjust and you can draw over it if necessary.
The actual pattern pieces fit beautifully to each other, which is a delight - as it happens I’m working with a tartan so it really helps with the pattern matching too, but that’s by the by. I have an extremely short waist, but will only need to take about 7cm off the waist of this bodice, and the shoulders are exactly where they’re meant to be without me having to adjust anything, which I really appreciate.
The instructions look good - I didn’t use them though - I appreciate the use of photos, if I was just starting out I’d like that compared to the drawings the Big Five usually give you. The one time I did want some guidance was with the collar, but that’s missing - presumably it’s part of the main pattern - I can’t complain considering it’s a free pattern 😊 I’ll figure it out.
This is an update to my previous review. I downloaded the A0 version and took it to my local copyshop and it printed perfectly with the test square this time. It might have been something in my printer settings when I printed the A4 at home, not sure. I love the different coloured lines for the different sizes which makes it easy to read. Very happy with the A0.
I was very excited to be able to get some further options with the Margo Playsuit Add on pack. It's great that it was free but an A0 option would have been good and the test square size is a bit small so I am not sure if that will throw the pattern out completely.
I love this pattern. Easy to make and it looks great. I love the versatility of making a dress, trousers or shorts with two different neck lines and a fabulous free add on which gives a different bodice. The only issue I had was when I printed from the pdf the size was not correct, I had to increase the original and work out what % to increase it by. It still came out slightly smaller than it should but I made it work.