Can you just tell I love this pattern? It is such a great basic for making those wardrobe staples that we all need. Just to let you in on a bit of a secret, I have about three more currently planned so look out for those in the coming weeks.
This time I had an inspiration to draw from, this lovely top from Ruche. If you haven't seen their site, go check it out, they have some gorgeous stuff, but I think the postage to Australia would be a killer, besides I can copy/mimic right??
So as I said, I used the Megan Nielsen Banksia pattern as my base and made the following alterations:
- placed five pintucks around the neckline. I didn't compensate by adding any extra width to the neckline as I find the top to be roomy in that area on me anyway and I normally pinch some of this out of the pattern
- sewed mini ric rack over the pintucks and around the collar
- omitted the placket (obviously)
- raised the shoulders by ½"
- reduced width of collar (I have always found this collar to be too large and flappy)
- I didn't need to alter the collar length to make it meet in the middle as the pintucks already took out enough fabric out of the neck opening
The fabric is a viscose from my favourite clothing store, Alannah Hill who make fabulous (but expensive) pretty, girly clothes, but also have a clearance store in Melbourne that sell the fabrics. Whenever I am in Melbourne I make sure I go there. This fabric is from last year's
I love getting good value out of a pattern - sort of makes up for the duds doesn't it?
PS - the offer is still there if anyone wants V1247 - free going to a good home?? Let me know in the comments.