Fashion Sewing

Blue Chambray Banksia

May 28, 2013

One weekend last month, while the weather outside was doing this (in the middle of April… really!)

snowphoto(Wow… so much snow!)

I was inside finishing up this:

Blue Chambray Banksia

The fabric is a lightweight blue chambray (cotton?) fabric that I’ve had in my stash for ages from Emma One Sock. It’s such a beautiful, floaty, soft woven fabric. I remember that it was a really big deal when I purchased it… it was one of my first “higher quality” fabric purchases, and I wanted to make sure that my sewing skills were worthy enough before I cut into it. I knew that I wanted to make it into some kind of button up top and the Banksia pattern looked perfect. I checked the yardage requirements and I had just enough fabric. Whew.

Blue Chambray Banksia

The decision to add the piping happened right before I stitched the collar pieces together and then I added the rest (around the sleeves, placket, etc.) after that. I’m pretty pleased with the result… I think that it gives the shirt a bit of a pop. It also matches the white bias tape inside the collar. Hooray!

Blue Chambray Banksia

You can’t see it here in these photos with my shirt tucked in, but I ended up changing the hem from a straight hem to a curved hem. It’s something that a couple of my ready-to-wear blouses have and I really like that style. I also sewed an extra band onto the end of each sleeve to make them longer and be able to cuff them up.

Blue Chambray Banksia

This was my first time using bias tape for a collar finishing method like this and I think that it’s really professional and clean looking. Megan’s instructions for doing this are fantastic! I also used different thread colors for the bobbin thread and the main thread in my machine in order to match the fabric on each side.

Blue Chambray Banksia

These buttons are some of my favorites! I really like them and so does Mr. Sweet… he noticed them right away. Between the piping, the buttons, the fancy inside trim, and the placket, he was pretty convinced that I bought this somewhere and was trying to pull a fast one on him!

Blue Chambray Banksia

When I picked up these buttons awhile ago, I didn’t have a specific project in mind… but when I was digging through my button box to try and find a for a few for this top I was like “Ah Ha! Yes!”  They are these zigzag buttons from Mood.

Blue Chambray Banksia

I used the faux placket method from the Banksia Sewalong over on Megan’s blog and it was super easy to follow (even with adding the piping, which I… errr… decided to do after I’d already sewn on the placket.). I know I’ve said this a million times, but her sewalong posts are so impressive and such a great resource! I love the little detail at the bottom which makes it look so fancy!

Blue Chambray Banksia

    (Yep, that’s fancy alright.)

Seriously though, this is another Megan Nielsen pattern that I really like and I highly recommend it!

What have you been sewing lately? Do you have any favorite top patterns?

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