As you may or may not have seen I started the Banksia sewlong with a wearable muslin.
I had some fitting issues and you have all been really helpful in supplying links to fitting sites and other ideas of what to do.
The designer of the pattern also replied to me on their blog, and in the end it came down to remeasuring and luckily it was a lot simpler to fix than I thought. Remember measure twice, sew once! So true!
So what I did was to trace the top part up of the top in a size bigger grading down to the original size after the bust dart.
I then laid the back piece over the top having traced the size bigger and drew another line where the adjustment was to grade the back piece down in the matching place and continued business as usual. Although now I also needed the bigger sleeve pattern and collar pattern!
Off into my under stair cupboard where I keep my sewing stash! I found some more leftover fabric. This was from my Pic Nic Skirt.
The back piece had to be cut twice as I did not have enough left. I opted for a contrast collar and used matching buttons.
I love this version. So comfy! What a difference a little adjustment makes!
But I did not stop there this week! I found more leftover fabric from my LBD Macaronie and made a LB Banksia dress!
The collar and placket are covered in lace fabric to create a subtle, chic contrast and I used more of my vintage buttons I bought with Twisted Yarns.
To make the dress I just followed what Megan is suggesting on her blog and added some elastic at the waist.
I have always wanted a relaxed dress like this. Comfy but a bit dressy! The arm seams are finished with hand stitched on lace bias tape. Sort of. I did not want sleeves as I thought it looked more rock and roll! hahaha!
What’s next? I would like to do a jersey version without a collar and another dress with long sleeves and possibly a different shaped collar. Stay tuned. My sewalong bug isn’t over yet!
Do you have a pattern you make over and over again?