A rather sharp looking Banksia

07:00


I have been looking longingly at the scout t-shirts all over sewing blogs, fab ones here and here, wishing I suited loose fitting t-shirts. I then remembered that I have the Banksia pattern which is similar but a little more fitted and have made it before with varying success.

The first time I made it it was too big. The next time I reduced the size and did a FBA and it was too tight over the back and loose over the front. The third time I increased the width of the back piece just a little and it was just right! It still looked a little tent like but not maternity so I decided some of my novelty print cotton was finally going to see the light of day.


I went with the method for fitting that worked before - cutting a medium  and increasing the width of the back piece. I totally cheated by placing it 0.5 cm from the fold rather than on the fold, increasing the back width by 1cm, nothing complicated or technical but it works!

I did a few other tweaks:
 - increased the width of the sleeves by about 1cm
 - dropped the arm holes by about 1cm.
 - widened the collar piece by the width of the placket as I was not having a placket and wanted the collar to meet at the front.

It worked and I am totally in love with the fabric, my parents bought in America a few years ago so no chance of any more though :(



I think the next Banksia will be placket and collarless, just to see what it looks like!




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6 comments

  1. This looks great! I love the print on the fabric and the contrast collar!

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    1. Thanks! I wish I had more of this fabric :)

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  2. I have done that to increase the width before. Great idea. Great looking blouse, the print is so fun and colourful. Great for spring days.

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    1. Now if the weather would just warm up I could wear it without a vest underneath and cardi on top :)

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  3. I think you have nailed this one. The fit looks perfect. The colours are lovely on you. I like the little pop of red at the back neckline. Perfect spring/summer top.

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  4. Love the pin print! I'm a big fan of the contrasting collar.

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