Banksia Sewalong: How to make a Banksia dress

I am so excited about the Banksia dress!!! It’s so so easy to turn this pattern into a dress. There are really lots of ways you could do it, but i’m going to keep it easy and show you how to make a simple sheath dress with pockets.

If you haven’t already altered your pattern – then head on back to this post.

Okie dokie, lets go…

First things first, cut out your fabric pieces using your altered front and back pattern pieces – all other pattern pieces will remain the same.

Follow the usual instructions for completing the darts, prep work,  collar, and placket (options 1, 2 and 3).

Now we’re ready for dress specific info.

I decided to add pockets to mine – because well, you know i can’t resist pockets :) I used the Darling Ranges pocket pattern, but you could easily draft your own pattern for a pocket by tracking a wide arc around your hand. Cut 4 pocket pieces, and finish the raw edges.

Now we pin those suckers to the dress. You’re going to hate me for saying this – but where you place them is really a personal preference. I like mine to hit just below my hip, which ended up being about 9″ below the underarm. Make sure you place the pockets on so that their right sides are facing the right side of the fabric. Do this on the front and back pattern pieces.

Sew the pockets to the dress, and finish the raw edges of the side seams

Now turn the pockets outwards, press, and topstitch (okay, that’s optional, i just like to do it)

We can now sew are side seams! Turn the dress inside out, so that the right sides are facing each other, and the wrong side is facing outwards. Pin the side seams together, and all around the pocket. Sew down the side seams, and around the curve of the pocket.

Now to be honest – this is a step i don’t usually do, since i normally work with lighter weight fabrics (in which case i normally take the easy route and press the seams forwards – as with the Darling Ranges sewalong instructions). Clip the seam just under the pocket. This will allow us to press the side seams open and reduce seam bulk, but still press the pockets to the front of the dress.

This step is optional – but i decided to topstitch around my pockets as a cute detail, and to keep those babies in place!

Last of all – hemming time! This will also depend on what you decided to do with your hem – but if you’re following my dress, then turn under 1/2″ and press, then turn under 2.5″ and press, topstitch – and you’re done!


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  1. Mindy says

    I really like this pattern. So cute. I hope I win your giveaway from Project Run and Play. I’ve been eyeing that set for a while. :D

  2. says

    Would this method of lengthening work with jersey? I’m making mine a jersey with a tunic length…but I’m using knit fabric. Thanks! :)