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Banksia sewalong: Version 1 woven tee neckline binding

how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Let’s talk about the Banksia Blouse Version 1 – the woven tee. It’s the most basic version of the Banksia blouse – with no placket and no collar. But it can be oh so beautiful.

Here I’ll show you all about the neckline finishing for this look. And I’ll also add a little bonus at the end – how to add the collar to this version (collar, but no placket)!

OK, let’s go…

how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryWe need to start my preparing our bias facing. A bias facing pattern piece is included with your pattern, but you could also use store bought bias tape if you’d like.

Fold your bias facing inhale lengthwise and press.

how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary Fold one end in by 1/4″ and press.

how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary  how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary Starting with the folded in end, start pinning the bias facing to your neckline edge, lining up the raw edges.

When you come all the way around and reach the folded end, overlap by 1″ and trim the excess.

how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary Sew 1/4″ from the raw edge.

Trim your seam allowance. You can use the pinking shears trick so that you trim and notch at the same time!

how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary Press the seam allowance towards the bias facing, and understitch.

Under stitching just means sewing seam allowance to a facing, close to the seam, so that it does not roll towards the front. 

how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary  Turn the facing to the inside, press and pin.

how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryTopstitch close to the edge. Press well.

That’s it!

But lets discuss something else quick…

how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary Bonus // Now, what if you want to still attach the collar to your woven tee? Leaving off the placket means you will be left with a 1 1/4″ gap in the front of your top between the collar where the placket was. If that doesn’t bother you, great! You wouldn’t have to do anything to your collar pattern. But if you would like the collar to now meet in the middle – you will need to alter the collar pattern to be 1 1/4″ larger to fit.

To do this we will need to slash the collar pattern and extend. Though where you extend it will be important. I think it’s tempting to add the extra pattern paper at the centre back, but i think that will distort the fall of the collar.

So what I did is split that 1 1/4″ in half, and add 5/8″ to each side near the front. Draw slash lines anywhere near the front (mine were about 2 1/2″ from the edge.

how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary Cut along those slash lines.

how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryAdd paper underneath, and tape in place so there is a 5/8″ gap.

how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary Blend the collar lines together, cut, and repeat on the other side.

how to make Version 1 of the Banksia Blouse - woven tee with no placket // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryCut out your collar fabric pieces and prepare as usual. Pin to your blouse neckline, making sure the ends butt up together in the middle. Sew, and then finish with the bias facing application exactly as described above.

Tada! Those are a couple of different looks for leaving the placket off the Banksia top!
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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Katie
Katie
9 years ago

Here is my first muslin of the Banksia with pintucks instead of a placket. This was not my plan but I accidentally cut the front piece with an extra inch at the center fold so this was an attempt to remove that extra width. I really like it and I think will go ahead and incorporate this into my final version!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/curbsidebandit/8077659728/

Sarah
Sarah
9 years ago

Great sew along Megan. You’re a great instructor. One idea for a placket-less Banksia could be to have a the collar asymmetric, off to one side.

Burke
Burke
9 years ago

I just bought this pattern along with the Kelly skirt and I have to say I am loving all the different options to customize and make different versions of this top. It truly is a brilliant pattern that I think will become a staple in my wardrobe. Thank you!