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Banksia Sewalong: jersey version

How to sew a stretch jersey Banksia top // Banksia pattern sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I’m so excited for this tutorial – how great is a jersey Banksia?? It’s a whole new level of tshirt!!

If you need a bit of help or a refresher on sewing with stretchy fabrics – check out this post i did a while ago.

I like how fast this one comes together – here we go!

First thing to do is cut out your fabric using your altered stretchy fabric Banksia pattern 

Place the top and front back pieces together with right sides facing each other, and sew the shoulder seams

Sew the collar, and make sure you press it!!! I know it’s tempting with jersey not to iron – but the only way to get the collar to look good is through pressing. I didn’t use interfacing on the collar, as i wanted it to be as drapey as the top – but you could if you want. Just make sure you use an interfacing with stretch.

Attach the collar to the top – and then sew the seam allowance flat against the top on the inside so that it doesn’t show from the outside. Be careful not to catch the collar in your stitches – and use a stitch with stretch. The last photo above is what the topstitching on mine looked like – it is concealled once the collar sits flat down

Attach the sleeves and sew up the side seams

Hem the bottom of the top and the sleeves using a stitch that maintains the stretch of the fabric – and you’re done!

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Rachel
9 years ago

Yay!! This is the one I’ve been waiting for!! :) Now I can dig into mine!!!

Vanessa@DesignsBySessa

SO awesome! I can’t WAIT to have this pattern!!!

María
María
9 years ago

Great, I was waiting for this one. Guess I know what I’ll be doing over the weekend.
One question though: If i decide to do a long sleeve jersey version, it should be easy to let the sleeves get narrower around the elbow, and thus skip the elastic, right? I was just wondering.
Anyways I already made one wearable muslin and have fabric for one banksia in jersey and one in woven fabric :)

María
María
9 years ago
Reply to  Meg

Yes, of course I meant the wrist, not the elbow :)
I think I will give it a go since the winter is coming here in Germany. I’ll post a pic when I’m finished.

nicole
9 years ago

great tutorial Megan, I keep seeing this method of sleeve insertion lately it looks so simple i’ll have to give it a go :-)

Kessem
9 years ago

Thanks for this tutorial Megan! there’s one thing I don’t get though – I may have missed something, how is it that the collar meets in the front? isn’t it supposed to have the placket in the middle (in the non jersey version)
thanks!

Kessem
9 years ago
Reply to  Meg

ooohhhh! I’m such an idiot I reread the post to see if I missed something and I somehow completely overlooked that part!
thanks for filling in the gaps! :)

June
9 years ago

I am just flabbergasted by all the variations you are coming up with. Truly. It illustrates, among other things, how totally limited my imagination was when I looked at this top! LOL. You are a fabulous designer, Meg. Hats off to you!

Ginger
9 years ago

This is so, so cute! I absolutely love it!

LISA ONG
LISA ONG
9 years ago

Hi Megan… Been following the sew along so far, and loved it.
I have a burning question tho, regarding the jersey version. Since it’s in jersey, do we still need to SBA/FBA and changing the apex position before we true up the side seams? or shld we just true up the side seams without other pattern alteration ( besides removing the placket)?

katherine landreneau
katherine landreneau
9 years ago

So quick and easy! Beautiful! Love your placement of the collar for the larger stripes! Kl

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