Banksia Sewalong: collarless version

October 5th, 2012

I love doing a collarless version of the Banksia – it’s honestly so easy, and results in a very different looking top.

Lets chat about how to do it…

This is really and truly so easy. I love finishing necklines by using bias tape as a facing – it makes everything very straightforward and very neat.

The basic idea is the same as when we have the collar there – just pretend it isn’t! You will need to baste the neckline as per usual – and grade the seam allowance back to 1/4″. Then iron out one edge of the bias tape, and lay it right side down on the right side of the top, so that the ironed edge of the bias tape is up against the trimmed neckline. Pin in place all the way around the neckline, then sew. Turn the bias tape towards in the inside of the top so that you enclose the raw edges, and then sew it shut. SO easy!

For more pictures of bias tape on the neckline, check out  this post.  To see how we finished the Darling Ranges dress neckline using bias tape as facing – check out this post.

4 Responses

  1. Kim says:

    Another version to add to my list! :P I like how different it looks, but still super cute! :D

  2. I really really really want this Banksia pattern! I’m saving up for it! It’s so cool, collarless or with, although I think I prefer “with”! Can’t wait to get it!!!

  3. Katie says:

    If I make this version out of a knit, do I still use regular woven bias tape or can I use self fabric (knit) as bias tape?

  4. Juli says:

    This is a little off topic, but… Megan, that butterfly fabric in the first photo is so pretty and sweet! It suits the top perfectly and I love butterflies! :-)
    Did you purchase it somewhere recently or is it a shirt from one of your previous collections?