Springtime Banksia

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Still on the Spring/Summer wardrobe and I am making good progress so far with this addition.
This is my first top for the Banksia Sewalong, I have another two planned but have no idea when I might finish them as my head and sewing table are overflowing with sewing idea and plans right now!
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This is my first dip into the Megan Nielsen pool and I loved it! Okay I know I am a bit slow as everyone seems to have made this top as well as many other Megan Nielsen patterns, but I am a relative newbie to the independent designers.
I loved the cute packaging the pattern came in, from the little Velcro dot to the sturdy paper the pattern is printed on.  This is one well thought out pattern company!
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The pattern was so easy to use and the instructions were super clear. I am not normally so good with reading and following instructions, I tend to just sew things together the way I know things normally go together.
 
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I had one small issue with the placket, but suspect this may have been a “user issue”. When I first sewed it up and folded it in half, it was too wide for the opening. Easy fix, I just folded the seam allowance in a little more to take up the difference! I used Method 2 from the instructions for the placket as I wanted that perfect clean look.  (this method involves fully enclosing all the raw seams so results in a super tidy finish)
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Sorry, this is my only picture of the back, it was such a windy day I had a job getting any good pics at all!
I used a light cotton which was a dream to work with. I didn’t have to make any adjustments to the pattern, not even an FBA! This is very unusual for me. I cut an 8 at the shoulders and graded to a 12 at the hips and I am very happy with the fit. I shortened the sleeves and the length.
 
It is already a billion degrees here so I think a sleeveless version will be next!
 
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I love how versatile the pattern is and have plans for lots of other versions, I can see this becoming my “go to” pattern for tops as I can just sew it without loads of alterations.

18 thoughts on “Springtime Banksia

  1. It turned out beautifully Lizzie!! I love that gorgeous fabric you used – it seems really breezy for warm weather, but also a great wardrobe staple for layering. love it!!Can't wait to see the other versions you have planned 🙂

  2. LIzzie, this is really cute.. I can't wait to see what you make next.. Bet the sleevless version will be cute. It is fall here , and getting cold..SO the cute summer stuff is over..[oh I dread winter,ha] I have not done any of these patterns either.. Really cute.. It is similar to the colette violet pattern.

  3. I hate winter too, which is part of the reason I live in sub-tropical Brisbane! The Banksia is similar to the Violet but fitted me a lot better as the Violet was a bit boxy on me.

  4. Really nice, cute and practical wardrobe staple – I'm sure you'll get loads of use out of it! I really like the placket, it looks very professional! :)I haven't tried any Megan Nielsen patterns yet either, but this one seems to be very popular! ^__^

  5. Thanks, this such a versatile top, I can see it in so many different fabrics. I would suggest this is a great Megan Nielsen pattern to start with, although her Darling Downs dress is gorgeous too!

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