Margo Zip Top Handbag Pattern Arrives Wednesday and See How My Pattern Testers Did With Our New Girl

Lazies, Margo arrives Wednesday! We’ll be packaging her up and shipping her out to stores as soon as humanly possible. Give your favorite retailers a week to get her in and send Margo on her way to you. My pattern testers sent in pics of their beautiful Margo Handbags. More about the Margo Handbag (LGD127) pattern on our website here.

Susan Congdon made this scrumptious pink/coral and blue Margo. I love these fabrics on Margo. Susan used a deeper pink for the lining and matched her zipper perfectly.

An extra scrap of fabric, folded/topstitched, makes for a great zipper pull. Very nice Susan!!!

Carolyn Griffin used these scrumptious Michael Miller fabrics, and pulled the enticing ocean blue lining fabric from her stash. It makes me want to run to the beach with Margo and stand at the edge of the water, letting little waves crash over my toes. Wonderful job Carolyn!

This perfect zipper pull is from Carolyn’s stash of goodies we brought back from our second trip to Japan in 2005. Marketed as a ‘leash’ for your cell phone, we fell in love and bought many. Many! Now I’m thinking we should have bought more.

Both Carolyn and Susan chose zippers that match beautifully, for a seamless finish.

Regina Arlauckas used Moda Wonderland fabrics for her Margo, along with a funky green zipper from a treasured stash. The zipper contrast fits the funky style of her fabric choices. Regina, Wonderland looks fabulous on your Margo!

Lish Seem used a the large scale print in different colorways for the cover and pocket. I love Lish’s choice of a blue zipper against the green/white fabric. It ties the inside and outside together. Very nice Lish!

Remember, the zipper is a design element, so make the most of it. Choose a zipper that is matchy-poo with the lining fabric for a more elegant look. Choose a zipper that contrasts for a more casual or sporty look. Experiment with your zipper color choice.

I posted the Margo Handbag supply list and a few online retailers who are pre-selling Margo here.

Enjoy!
Joan

[tags] zipper purse, zip top purse, zipper handbag [/tags]

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23 Responses to “Margo Zip Top Handbag Pattern Arrives Wednesday and See How My Pattern Testers Did With Our New Girl”

  1. Penny — May 3, 2010 @ 7:13 am

    Oh she is going to be another hit on the Lazy Girl Parade! I love all the bags so far and what a great idea on the 2 different colorways Lish! I have tons of little charms for the zippers from hubby many trips to Taiwan so another great idea there and the lovely coral colors oh lala! Look forward to her arrival on my door step!

    Penny in it is gonna be hot Chesapeake!

  2. Judi — May 3, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    Joan I love the looks of the bag. Even though the size is listed on the blog, pattern and pictures, I’d love to see the bag next to a person to really get the look of the bag. I even bought a new sewing machine in anticipation of the pattern coming. Judi

  3. Jeannie — May 3, 2010 @ 7:55 am

    Super cute and I preordered my pattern :)

  4. Barb — May 3, 2010 @ 8:13 am

    Joan ~ I just can’t wait for this new pattern. So many possibilities. You’ve got another winner on your hands. Thanks.

  5. Joy — May 3, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    Looking forward to sporting Margo in Florida and Minnesota in several differant style options! Just a great looking bag!

  6. Nancy Lee — May 3, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    Thanks for the link to the link to pre-order the pattern. I just ordered mine. This will make a wonderful Christmas present for my Mom…

  7. Dee Anderson — May 3, 2010 @ 10:17 am

    Fabu!! such fabric choices!! Yummy!
    Cannot wait.

  8. Lucy Scinta — May 3, 2010 @ 11:08 am

    I’ve pre-ordered my pattern 2!! Can’t wait to get it! I’m gonna start shopping in my stash so I’ll be ready when it gets here. LOL

  9. Peggy — May 3, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    Mine is pre-ordered too. Can’t wait for her arrival. Already picturing her completed in my head with some of the fabrics in my stash.

  10. Sheila Perl — May 3, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

    I am looking so forward to making this bag :)
    The sample bags are wonderful!

  11. GailM. — May 3, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    ohhhh, I want to be a pattern tester!!!!!

    Very nice tester bags and I love the various colors. I’m shopping for my fabric on Thursday. I can’t wait to make it.

  12. Carolyn — May 3, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

    I also am curious as to how you become a pattern tester. Sounds like FUN!

  13. pam — May 3, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

    love the looks of the bag but I will have to make it a shoulder bag. Any suggestions yet for accomplishing that?

  14. Gwen — May 3, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

    Very cute bag, I love the colours you’ve all chosen!

  15. Pat — May 3, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

    Can’t hardly wait!!! I have already pre-ordered my pattern, and have my fabric chosen. Another great pattern from you!! Thanks!

  16. Joy Goncalves — May 4, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

    I love your patterns and the easy directions. I would like a purse pattern that is about 12 to 13 inchest wide and 9 to 11 inches tall. Do you have plans for something like that?

  17. Lag — May 5, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    How can I be a pattern tester? If it makes a difference, I have a BS degree in Home Economics (shows my age) and have been sewing all my life.
    Thanks

  18. Cathy — May 5, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

    Can you tell us what the beautiful fabric is that was used in Susan Congdons’ Margo bag? Colors are gorgeous!

  19. JUDY — May 5, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

    HOW CUTE!! NICE HANDBAGS..NICE CHOICE OF FABRIC/COLORS..GOOD FOR SUMMER OR SPRING..YOU SURE HAVE A JUMP ON ME..THANKS FOR THE INPUT..JUDY

  20. Liz Tamiso — May 8, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    LOVE this bag, my LQS owner agreed when I sent her the link and put in her order. I took the supply list (THANKS for that sneak peak) shopping at Jennifer Paginelli’s SisBoom sale on Thursday, and have a nice treat waiting for the arrival of the pattern.

  21. Carol Plummer — May 11, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

    Wow what a neat bag. Did I hear that a person can be a tester for bags? I would love doing some. I have done embroidery testing but have never been asked to be a tester for purses or totes. Keep me in mine please.

  22. ZENITA — May 22, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    I JUST GOT MY Margo Handbag Pattern AND I THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD BE A PATTEN LIKE U GET WHEN MAKING CLOTHES. BUT IT WAS NOT. SO NOW I GOT TO FIND SOME ONE TO HELP ME MAKE THIIS BAG. I READ IT AND IT SEEMS A LITTLE HARD. IS THERE A PAPER PATTENS FOR THIS TOTE BAGE PLEASE?

  23. MaryQ — June 22, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    Zenita asked about a paper pattern for the Margo. Make one. I did. Easier for me to work with a pattern sometimes, rather than use my roller blade. Just use any heavy paper or tissue paper and make pieces the sizes listed. Easy peasy. I have made one Margo and working on my second. I love this bag. I did make my straps two inches longer to fit my needs. Got lots of fabric, so I see more in my future. Hmmmm. One for every day of the week????