Well, I am officially posting the blog equivalent of filler today! I made this Banksia blouse months ago, took photos last month and have done nothing with it since… I feel so meh about the whole thing and since there are so many awesome versions of this blouse already online, I didn’t think that anyone needed to see this! But after a month of silence (sorry for the blog slacking, Bits) I’m going for it. Yet, even as I sit here I find I have nothing to say about it!
It’s a Megan Nielsen pattern so of course it was a delight to make. Megan has a ton of online resources for this one, and her posts on different techniques for making the button placket (here and here) are worth a read, whether you are making this pattern or not. I *obviously* opted for a collarless version this time around. I do love the giant collar and I have plans to go back and make a version with it but this fabric was so underwhelming that I just didn’t feel like it. The blouse is quite large on me so if you do plan on making this one then just know that there is quite a bit of ease built into it. It’s also stupid long on me! I shortened it by a couple of inches but still can’t wear it untucked without looking like I’m playing dress up! The darts on this were also awful on me but since I didn’t make a muslin (bad, lazy sewcialist!), I did a pretty half-assed job fixing them here. The drapey viscose fabric saved the day on this one! I had the same problems with the bust darts on my darling ranges dress so I should have known better then to skip the muslin.
I probably sound like I hate this make but I actually wear it quite a bit. I really love the neckline and the length of the sleeves and the fabric is a total dream! So with a few more modifications, I think that Banksia could be a real wardrobe staple for me.
As for blog silence… I have been sewing and knitting up a storm! Admittedly, mostly knitting. I don’t know if it’s just the time of year but all I want to do is knit, knit, KNIT! On my couch! With a soft blanket, cozy kitties and a hot coffee! Anyway, I have a lot of finished projects to share but getting photos is such a trial for me! My tripod is sitting in Bitty’s storage room several thousand kilometres away (good news for Bitty but bad news for me!) and I have no useful surfaces in my apartment on which to set down a camera to take a photo. I also live right downtown in Toronto so am reluctant to find a fence or picnic table to act as my tripod… I have images of my camera running away from me! Friends at work have been awesome and accommodating on this but it’s work… can be hard to take the time to go and take blog photos. So… this remains a dilemma. Should any of my TO blog friends ever feel like trading photo duties then just let me know!
Will hopefully be back soon with a more read-worthy make! In the meantime, if you need to be reminded of how amazing the Banksia pattern can be then go check out these lovely ladies. There is this lovely chambray version by Juli, this kickass flannel version by Gingermakes (that may have officially inspired me for Grunge November) and this lovely version by Sophie.