Banksia Sewalong: how to draft a Banksia dress

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

The first thing i did was to compare the length of the top (you can find the finished top measurements on the back of your pattern envelope or booklet), to the length of a favourite dress.

For me the difference was 9.5″ and i wanted a wide 3″ hem (with 1/2″ turned under). The current hem is 1/2″ wide with a 1/2″ turned under – so my end measurement was 12″. So I added some pattern paper to the bottom of the top, and extended the side seam and the centre front by 12″ on the front and back pieces. Then i joined up the side and centre seams.

That is literally all there is to it. Could that be easier?!

The reason i added to the length rather than slashing and spreading the pattern was to make sure that there was enough room for my rear, hehehe.

If you decide to do this keep in mind that you need to double check what the hip measurement will be. Just measure the pattern where your widest point would be, and compare it to your measurements (don’t forget about seam allowances). You want to make sure you have a good amount of ease, or at least an amount you are happy with. By extending the lines of the pattern this way i ended up with around 3-4 inches of ease over my widest point – which works well for me. So make sure you do that test first before cutting your fabric!!!

In the end i’m going to have a dress that hits just below mid thigh. I’m also going to add some pockets – using the pocket pattern from the Darling Ranges dress.

This isn’t the only way you could make a Banksia dress – but it’s definitely a fast and easy version, and will get you something very similar to the dresses at the beginning of this post.

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  1. says

    I just got my patterns in the mail yesterday and I can’t wait to start this dress version as well as several other versions as well. (guess you could say it’s an addiction of sorts, huh?) Thanks so much! i’m excited to see how they turn out. :)

  2. Catherine says

    Ah yes, this is what I wanted to know how to do! I have a goodly amount of brushed cotton that would be perfect for this! Thanks!

  3. says

    Another great tutorial lady! I think it is so great that you are showing how your patterns can be used in more than one way. That’s what designing and learning to sew is all about. Keep up the good work!

  4. says

    now that I have my pattern I will make one of these too! :D so excited. I want a dress version, short sleeves, long sleeves and now saw u have also done tips on making one out of stretch knits! i will be very busy!