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Banksia Sewalong: sleeveless version

how to make a sleeveless Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryI love a sleeveless Banksia – so great for a hot day – and even better, so easy to do!

Ready, set go!

how to make a sleeveless Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryIf you decide you want to do a sleeveless top, you should alter your pattern a bit before cutting your fabric. You’ll want to make sure your top does not extend past your shoulder. An easy way to do this is to compare it to a sleeveless top you love. Or hold the front pattern piece up to your body and see where it falls and where you would like it to fall. You may need to remove 1/2”, or 3/4″, etc. For me, I wanted to remove 5/8″.

So to do that, I just measured in 5/8″ (or however much you want to remove) on the shoulder seam, coming in from the armhole. Do this on both the front and back pattern pieces. Then draw a new armhole line, blending from your new point down to nothing at the underarm. Cut along your new lines, and you’re ready to cut your fabric.

Attaching the collar on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryAs far as finishing the armhole for a sleeveless top, there is a pattern piece included with the pattern for a bias facing, just cut out 2 more. But you can also use store bought bias tape if you would like. Here I’ll show you using the bias facing pattern piece. It’s the same method as finishing the neckline of the woven tee version (Version 1).

Start by folding your bias strip facing in half lengthwise and press.

how to make a sleeveless Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryFold in one end of the folded facing by 1/4” and press.

how to make a sleeveless Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diarystarting with that folded edge, start pinning the bias facing to the armhole.

how to make a sleeveless Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryWhen you get all the way around and reach the folded edge, overlap  by about an inch and trim the excess.

how to make a sleeveless Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiarySew 1/4” from the raw edge all the way around. Then trim back the seam allowance (you can use our favorite pinking shear method to trim and notch at the same time!).

how to make a sleeveless Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to make a sleeveless Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryPress the seam allowance towards the facing and understitch.

Understitching just means stitching the seam allowance to a facing, close to the seam, so that it does not roll to the outside when you are all done. 

how to make a sleeveless Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryFlip the facing to the inside, enclosing the raw edges. Press and pin.

how to make a sleeveless Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryTopstitch close to the outer edge.

And thats it!

 

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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katherine landreneau
katherine landreneau
9 years ago

So cute! Love your fabric combo! Kl

Kez
Kez
9 years ago

I’m really excited to see all your finished Banksias…I feel like you’re making such a great range!

Meg
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Meg
9 years ago
Reply to  Kez

LOL Kez you are so right – i think i made 5 or something ridiculous like that! I shall soon have a wardrobe full of Banksia’s!! Hugs! xoxo

Kim
Kim
9 years ago

I love this! so fun and doesnt add bulk to a sweater when u wear one on top

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