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Banksia pattern tester roundup!

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I am so thrilled to be sharing some Banksia creations with you today! I’m so grateful for all of the wonderful testers who help us test our patterns, without all of you we couldn’t keep creating such high quality patterns. A big huge thank you to every single person who helps us test, i wish i could hug you all!

Some of our Banksia testers have very kindly allowed us to share their makes with you, and they are absolutely gorgeous! I’m getting so many ideas for what I can make next!

I hope you love browsing these beautiful makes as much as I did – and don’t forget to check out these ladies blogs and Instagrams for more of their sewing journeys.

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Yasmeen // Find her on Instagram @_ym.sews_

MADE

Version 3 // Blouse with peter pan collar, partial button placket and above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love the big Peter Pan collar. It’s so pretty! Also how cleanly the neckline is finished with a self fabric facing (so clever!). It’s a fantastic pattern and my perfect blouse! A lovely breezy summery blouse, but also can be made up for all seasons with the right fabric.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I’m planning a few more blouse versions as it’s the perfect work top for me. Also I have think it would be fantastic lengthened to a dress with an elasticated gathered waist. I can’t wait to make many more versions!

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Tiffany // Find her on Instagram @itssewtiffany

MADE

Version 1 // Woven tee with above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The scoop neckline and the woven fabric use.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I want to do a sleeveless version, and a sheer version. I’d even like to do a 3/4 sleeve with a little bias tie on the sleeve.

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Svetlana // Find her on her blog smilylana.blogspot.hu

MADE

Version 2 // Blouse with partial placket and above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

All the marks fitted each other – a rare thing in fact

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

Version 3 – I planned to sew it but didn’t have enough fabric

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Sarah // Find her on her blog www.laceandpine.com (read her pattern review here)

MADE

Version 3 // Blouse with peter pan collar, partial button placket and above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love the simple shape of the garment, and the dart creates a more flattering fit. V3 is a fun garment for something a bit more special, but V1 is one of those staples, I know I will use again and again.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I would love to make a simple white double gauze of V2 for the summertime.

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Rebecca // Find her on Instagram @goonchuck

MADE

Version 1 // Woven tee with above elbow sleeves

Version 3 // Blouse with peter pan collar, partial button placket and above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

It’s versatile and useful to add to my work wardrobe. Also, it’s sweet, but not too twee.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I made two versions – Version 1 in a random stash-poly from when putting birds on everything, and Version 3 in a black and white japanese cotton poplin that’s buttery soft. I’d love to make Version 3 again in a contrasting colour collar- and I might make a few more Version 1s as they could be a great work basic.

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Pilar // Find her on her blog www.pilarbear.com and on Instagram @pilar_bear

MADE

Version 1 // Woven tee with cuffed short sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I’m totally in love with the scoop neckline, it feels very feminine.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

My next Banksia is going to be a sleeveless version and I will attempt the button placket, which will be a first ever!

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Michelle // Find her on Instagram @sewnsow

MADE

Version 3 // Blouse with peter pan collar, partial button placket and above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The collar gives it such a cute retro vibe!

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Laura // Find her on Instagram @cottonreelstudio

MADE

Version 3 // Blouse with peter pan collar, partial button placket and above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I was surprised by how much I like the large Peter Pan style collar. That is my favourite part!

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I have some navy viscose with beige and pink flowers which I’d like to make into a dress version of v3 with shorter sleeves for spring. I’d also like to try v1 in some red viscose.

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Fiona // Find her on Instagram @fionamakes

MADE

Version 2 // Blouse with partial placket and above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The different options: you can make a very simple woven tee, but also add more details with the placket and the collar.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I might have to try the collared version at some point in the future!

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Laura

MADE

Version 1 // Woven tee with above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

Good basic that can be done quickly when you need a sewing refresh.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I’ve done 2 of version 1 and want to try a sleeveless version. I don’t care for Peter Pan collars so may try modifying that to a pointed collar.

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Erika // Find her on Instagram @erikajanik

MADE

Version 3 // Blouse with peter pan collar, partial button placket and above elbow sleeves & a Version 3 dress variation!

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The collar and my success at putting in the placket! I’ve struggled with those before so I’m very pleased with how good it looks.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I’ve already made a dress version – I added an elastic waist – with the collar but without the buttons. I think I’ll make another dress version without elastic and with the placket but not the collar.

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Caroline // Find her on Instagram @xeamin_ and twitter @Xeamin

MADE

Version 3 // Blouse with peter pan collar, partial button placket and above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The fit!

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I did version 3 with a contrasting collar/placket and I would like to do a version 1.

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Patricia

MADE

Version 3 // Blouse with peter pan collar, partial button placket and above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The collar is very cute!

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Anemone // Find her on Instagram @sewanemone

MADE

Version 2 // Blouse with partial placket and above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

That I made a partial front placket and it was easy! Also the close fit at chest and shoulders for some shape before transitioning to a loose waist/hip that hides my tummy. I love this pattern and am excited to make more versions of it :-)

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I want to make one with a spit curved hem, also thinking a longer version possibly with a hood as a beach coverup.

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Katrina // Find her on Instagram @lady_lawson_

MADE

Version 2 // Blouse with partial placket and above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

A great casual top, a perfect addition to my mumiform wardrobe. I love floaty tops, great for the baby belly. I’m very happy with the fit across the shoulders and sleeves.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I’ll definitely be making many more variations. A plain scoop version, a collared version and lengthening the pattern to make a dress.

Banksia blouse pattern tester roundup! // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

WHO

Lynsey

MADE

Version 3 // Blouse with peter pan collar, partial button placket and above elbow sleeves

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

Having options to create different looks!

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

Planning a floral viscose with placket.

// SHOW US YOUR CREATIONS! //

What about you?! We’d love to see what you’re creating from the new Banksia pattern! Don’t forget to tag your creations #MNbanksia and @megannielsenpatterns to share what you’ve been working on, and check out what everyone else is up to!

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About Author

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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