Strawberry Banksia

Somehow, I feel that my time has been in a bit of a whirlwind since January and I’ve not done things that I really should have. One is to tell you that I’ve now started to carry a few Megan Nielsen’s sewing patterns in the shop. These are rather sweet patterns and I’ve started to see several versions pop up all over the blogospheres and am now happy to report that I’ve made myself a Banksia blouse from one.

Let’s see, where to start. I’ve been working on a wrap dress (more on that later) that I’m drafting myself. It’s my first ever full draft of a dress and I’m actually rather impressed with myself, but its been a bit of a big job and I needed a distraction of sorts and found that this pattern only had 5 pattern pieces. I like it when you can make something from a small amount of pattern pieces. I whipped this number out in a day, which I found amazing because normally I tend to allow projects to sit for a day or two on things like hemming and the like (I hate hemming, because then it means the project is usually over).

I altered the pattern with my sloper (this is becoming a rather invaluable tool) and then proceeded to cut it out in this strawberry coloured linen which as you can only guess is from Yellow Bird Fabrics (have I mentioned that I really do love this store?). It stitched up really quickly! I was a little shaky when it came to the placket, but the directions were quite spot on 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. Kinda cute right?

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 – I think I’ll be more happy with a pair of black cotton sateen clovers to go with it. That’ll be the icing the on the cake I’m quite sure. Easy pattern=sweet blouse! And because I promised to give you a resource list, here you go:

Banksia Blouse patternsimilar fabric

I don’t know about you, but I’m aching for a strawberry smoothie just about now…


  • LinB - “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.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa P - 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 .ReplyCancel

  • Tasha - That is really cute! And somehow the shape of the neckline and collar really does look like a strawberry!ReplyCancel

  • Paunnet - Just gorgeous! I’m seeing a lot of linen in sewing blogs lately and wanting to buy some every time!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - wow, i wasnt going to make the top, but now I want to. yours looks awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle New - 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…ReplyCancel

  • maggie - 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.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - 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?ReplyCancel

  • Lizz - 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.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - Far too adorable for words. The universe really is conspiring for me to get this pattern.ReplyCancel

  • petite josette - 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??ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - This is so cute! I love this top– I may have to splurge and pick up the pattern from your shop!ReplyCancel

  • Hillary - 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!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Royer - I knew I recognized that linen. The shirt is positively darling, I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Clare - 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? ClareReplyCancel