Archive for September, 2012

Banksia Sewalong: how to alter the Banksia pattern for stretch fabrics

September 28th, 2012

I thought it might be really fun to make a jersey version of the Banksia too!

What i’m aiming for is something a lot like this top from my last apparel collection. It’s honestly one of my wardrobe staples – something i love throwing on for a combo of comfort and cute.

Want to learn how to alter the pattern for stretch?? Lets go!


Banksia Sewalong: drafting different collars

September 27th, 2012

A lot of people have asked me whether it’s possible to put a different collar on the Banksia top – of course!! And it’s so easy to change the existing collar pattern to something a little different. You can even leave the collar off completely if you want.

Should we get started?


Banksia Sewalong: lengthening the sleeves

September 26th, 2012

I really wanted to include this as part ¬†of the sewalong as it’s such an easy alteration to the Banksia, and makes such a cute winter top!

Remember the this pretty blouse from my last collection? Well this sleeve plus the Banksia pattern will get you there!

I have to admit, sometimes i like this longsleeved version of the Banksia even more than the original hehehe.

Ready to go?


Banksia Sewalong: bust adjustments

September 25th, 2012

I’ve had a lot of requests for tutorials for doing a full bust adjustments (FBA’s) and small bust adjustments (SBA’s) for the Banksia pattern – however, since i did a really thorough set of tutorials on the theory of it during our last sewalong for the Darling Ranges dress, I’m worried i might be repeating myself.

Here are the original posts about bust adjustments:

So this is more of a quick refresher of the concepts and example of how it would look for the Banksia top.


how to alter bust dart height

September 24th, 2012

Due to our varying bodyshapes, sometimes the apex of a bust dart will hit you in the wrong place. If you find the bust dart is sitting higher than your bust apex, or lower than your bust apex, then you will need make a pattern adjustment to change the height of your patterns bust dart.

(Please keep in mind that sometimes a bust dart will hit you in the wrong place, in addition to other fitting issues – which may mean that you need to do either a FBA or an SBA rather than simply changing the height placement of the dart.)

As part of our Banksia top sewalong I thought it might be helpful to show how to do this really easy adjustment. So here we go!!


Banksia Sewalong: how to draft a Banksia dress

September 21st, 2012

I just love seeing all the gorgeous variations you all make of the Banksia pattern – and two of my absolute favourites are these dresses by Andrea and Anna.

A Banksia dress is SUCH a fantastic idea right?? I thought it might be fun to show you what the pattern might look like if you chose to make a dress