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Banksia Sewalong: long sleeved version

how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryOh how I love a long sleeved Banksia!! It’s a wonderful winter option – and so so pretty!

I think you’ll also find it’s a really easy variation on the pattern.

If you haven’t already drafted a long sleeve for your Banksia top – head on over to this post for a refresher.

Ok ready?

how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryCut out your long sleeves using your newly drafted long sleeve pattern. Fold in half with right sides together, matching up the seam lines. Sew, and neaten the raw edges.

how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryNow to begin the cuff. Fold 1/2″ towards the inside and press. Then fold 1.5″ towards the inside and press again.

Head over to the sewing machine, and sew the around the edge. Make sure you leave a gap larger enough to thread your 1″ wide elastic through.

how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryNow time to cut your elastic. I like using 1″ wide elastic, because i think it makes for a better look. Figuring out your elastic length is a matter of preference. For me I measured my wrist – added 1/2″ for ease, and another 1″ for elastic overlap – resulting in 7″ long elastic.

how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryThread your elastic through the opening by attaching a safety pin to the end to guide it through. Once both ends meet at the opening, overlap the elastic by 1/2″ and secure.

how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary Over to the sewing machine again, sew up the gap you threaded the elastic through.

how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Technically I suppose you could call this last step optional – but personally I think it’s vital to getting a good finish. Back to your sewing machine, sew the elastic to the cuff, stretching the elastic as you sew, so that the elastic and fabric are matched up. I like to sew two rows like this. You end up with a really perfectly gathered cuff that sits nice and flat (no rolling elastic).

how to sew a long sleeved version of the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryAnd last of all – spritz the cuff and press it. You’re done!!!

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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Lena
Lena
10 years ago

I’m starting my Banksia and I’m so excited!I just wanted to ask!Are seam allowances included in the pattern?

Meg
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Meg
10 years ago
Reply to  Lena

Hi Lena! yes seam allowances are included in the pattern – and they are 5/8″ (1.5cm) unless otherwise stated in the instructions :)

XOXO

katherine landreneau
katherine landreneau
10 years ago

As always, beautiful sewing! Katherine

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