April 12, 2012

Made: Strawberry Banksia

I've started sewing a few of Megan Nielsen's sewing patterns. She has very very sweet offerings. I've started to see several versions pop up all over the internets and am now happy to report that I've made myself a Banksia blouse.
I needed a distraction and wanted a simple sewing pattern that I could just sew. I found that this sewing pattern only had 5 pattern pieces. I like projects that have fewer things to cut out.  I was able to cut and sew up this pattern in a day, which I think is a testament to the drafting and simplicity of the design.

I altered the pattern with my sloper (this is becoming a rather invaluable tool) and then cut it out in this strawberry colored linen from a local fabric store. I was a little shaky when it came to the placket, but the directions were a good handhold and I found the insertion quite easy to do. The buttons were from the stash and if I do say so myself, their oversized size makes for a rather Anthropologie-esque feel.
I misjudged the length for this thing - something I've fixed for a future round, but I'm happy to report that adding a band of fabric to the bottom for increased length only means that I'm resourceful rather than dismayed that I didn't get every single thing perfectly right. Right?
I'm pretty happy with the finished result. Easy pattern=sweet blouse!
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15 comments

  1. "There are no mistakes. There are only design decisions." I love the theater professor who gave our class this permission to mess up and then redeem ourselves. This is a lovely blouse, and the band at the bottom was an excellent solution to your perceived problem.

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  2. I love this blouse it's a casual style in the linen but way nicer than a t shirt . The shape of the top is pretty much everywhere at the moment. I have a feeling there will be tonnes of these around blog land soon. The pattern looks so versatile .

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  3. That is really cute! And somehow the shape of the neckline and collar really does look like a strawberry!

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  4. Just gorgeous! I'm seeing a lot of linen in sewing blogs lately and wanting to buy some every time!

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  5. wow, i wasnt going to make the top, but now I want to. yours looks awesome.

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  6. Way cute!! It's looks great. I really need to get my self a dress form so I can start playing around with pattern drafting. One of these days...

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  7. Your's looks great! I've thought the collar looked to big on most of the versions I've seen of this, but the size suits your version well. Love the linen and buttons.

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  8. Hey, good luck with your drafting, which to me, is only one tiny step away from designing! Cute top and I agree with your choice of buttons and the band at the bottom - see design not error?

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  9. I have this all cut out and ready to sew in a pinky linen, too! I love your version and it's just the push I needed to finish mine. Can't wait to see this dress your drafting.

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  10. Far too adorable for words. The universe really is conspiring for me to get this pattern.

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  11. Very Cute top! And I love the punchy color, perfect for spring.
    I'd be very interested in getting some tips on how you use your sloper to make alterations. Maybe a tutorial in the future??

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  12. This is so cute! I love this top-- I may have to splurge and pick up the pattern from your shop!

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  13. Oh, I love this! I had seen the pattern, but thought it might look too much like a Colette Violet, but it really is quite different, isn't it. So cute!! The red linen is really lovely on you too!

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  14. I knew I recognized that linen. The shirt is positively darling, I love it!

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  15. This looks just fantastic. I have been thinking of making this but concerned because I could see any bust darts and wondering if it would work for me. Sunni, do you think it would be easy to adjust? Clare

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