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Banksia Sewalong: how to alter the pattern for stretch fabrics

how to alter the Banksia Blouse for stretch fabrics // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryI 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!

The first thing to note is that this is not a normal alteration for turning a woven pattern into a stretch pattern. This is a method i’ve developed just for the Banksia pattern, where we will be making alterations to just the front pattern piece in an attempt to make your life easier.

how to alter the Banksia Blouse for stretch fabrics // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to alter the Banksia Blouse for stretch fabrics // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryThe first thing we’re going to do is draw a line along the placket basting guidelines that extends all the way to the bottom of the pattern. Then cut off that piece. This will be your new center front, cut on fold, line. The reason we’re doing this is to not only reduce the ease in the pattern, but also to bring the collar to the centre front, eliminating the placket, and also meaning that you won’t have to alter the collar piece.

how to alter the Banksia Blouse for stretch fabrics // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to alter the Banksia Blouse for stretch fabrics // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Next we’re going to eliminate the dart. Once again, this isn’t a usual method or removing a dart – but lets just keep things simple :)

Draw a straight line from the underarm straight connecting with the side seam. Then cut it off.

how to alter the Banksia Blouse for stretch fabrics // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to alter the Banksia Blouse for stretch fabrics // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryNow that we’ve removed the dart, the front pattern piece will be longer than the back. We will need to true the side seams. Do this by lining up the under arm of the back and front patterns, and making sure the side seams match up. Then draw a line at the hemline so they are the same length, and cut!

Voila! Done!!

As we continue with the sewalong i’ll give more specific sewing instructions for sewing this pattern variation.

About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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Paunnet
9 years ago

I didn’t want to enter the sewalong as I have 5 banksia already, but a knit version really tempts me… Thank for the tutorial!

Catherine
Catherine
9 years ago

This encourages me that a couple of smallish pieces of knit that I’ve been saving might just make it into a Banksia. Thanks! :)

Linda
Linda
9 years ago

Ahhhh jersey Banksias would be such great additions for my fall wardrobe!

Ginger
9 years ago

Oh no! Now I need a jersey Banksia, too!

Juli
9 years ago

This is a great idea! I’ve wondered how to change a pattern to sew with knits instead of wovens… and I bet that the Banksia top would be really cute in a jersey knit type fabric too!

Meg
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Meg
9 years ago
Reply to  Juli

Thanks Juli!! I just finished mine, and it turned out so cute!! I hope you give it a try sometime :)

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Jo
Jo
9 years ago

Possibly an odd question, but I was wondering if you’d still finish the neckline with bias tape if sewing with knits, or finish it some other way? With no placket I suppose it would be less visible, maybe it could even be left raw, or would it need to be stabilised?