Saturday, March 31, 2012

OWOP: Day 6, 7 and a review

Where was I? Oh, yes! Thusday:


This lace top is definitely a winner. As I said, it's very versatile and it makes a pair of jeans look more feminine.

I cheated on Friday. I did wear one of my Banksia but was so frustrated with indoor photos that I waited until the next day to go back at my parents' and take decent pictures of the last Banksia, which I hadn't shown you yet and I like a lot.


This is actually the first one I made, as soon as I got the pattern (after a super quick muslin). The fabric was in one of Megan's sewing kit and I fell in love with it. It also was a dream to with and it's perfect for this pattern (it's a cotton blend). This time I didn't to anything fancy with the skirt, I just lengthened the pattern pieces and used bias tape to make a casing for the elastic.

Ok, to wrap OWOP up, I want to share my thoughts on this pattern.
I guess it's pretty clear I love it to pieces, since I made it five times. I used size S although I probably should have tried an XS with an FBA (the neckline gapes a bit, but the fit is supposed to be a bit blousy). I'll definitely try it next time.
The bust darts are very high, I don't know if it's made on purpose but they worked for me (except on the georgette one, where they look a bit strange).


The only problem I had with the pattern is that I had to add 4 cm to the collar piece in order for it to meet the button placket. You can see in this dress (which was made before I modified the pattern) that the collar ends a bit away from the placket. I stay-stitched the neckline, so it shouldn't be because it stretched. Did anyone else had this problem?
But that's it, otherwise I LOVE the style, the unique shape of the collar, the placket, everything. The instructions are once again very good (although I would add a suggestion to stay-stitch curved areas) and the pattern is very versatile, as you have seen from my versions.

17 comments:

  1. I love all your Banksias! You look so sweet! I like the lacy one paired with your darling zebra cardigan. What a great outfit!

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  2. This is such a pretty dress, nice work :)

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  3. I quite like how this dress looks with the collar separated like that. I am gonna have to try a dress version after the blouse. Beeeautiful!

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  4. The lace one is my favourite too!

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  5. This dress is really cute! It might be my favorite of your Banksia's!

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  6. My collar also didn't meet up properly. After I tried sewing the collar to the shirt 3 times, and finally realizing it wasn't me messing up, I simply made the collar skinnier on the inside...and I'm still not sure why that worked, but it did. It simultaneously helps the collar from looking too big on my petite frame.

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    1. I'm afraid I didn't understand how you did, but at least I'm glad it wasn't just my problem!

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  7. I love your style with the Banksia, the dresses are so cute! I specially love the lace blouse, the fabric is so beautiful!

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  8. Love the dress! Love the print! I would have never guessed you had a problem with the collar. I actually like it spaced away from the placket. It frames your face better :)

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  9. sei troppo brava!! il top di pizzo è un amore e lo è anche il vestito! e poi quanto sei veloce, io ci metto mesi a fare qualsiasi cosa!

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    1. Grazie, Giulia! Fare pratica aiuta con la velocità, ho ancora tantissimo da migliorare! :)

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  10. Love your Banksia dress! The lace blouse is great too!

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  11. Anna, ma per caso dai anche dei corsi di cucito? Perché una Torinese giovane con i miei stessi gusti che sappia cucire non pensavo di incontrarla un giorno!

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    1. Corsi no, sinceramente non me la sento tanto! Però spero presto di riuscire a mettere in vendita le mie creazioni!
      Grazie di essere passata di qui, Cécile! :D

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  12. Ho visto il tuo Etsy. Venderai anche degli abiti? Che bello, non vedo l'ora!

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  13. I find the darts high.... I had a problem with the darts on the Darling Ranges dress too - they're pretty wierd. Very big and very wide - not well placed at all. And I saw from her site that I am not the only one who had this pattern - there were many comments asking how to adjust this and no reply:(....
    If you look at the photos on her site for Banksia the darts on the modelled top are way too high on the model also. I think I'll use one of my Colette patterns - or Simplicity, etc - to adjust it... the only other pattern range that puts darts so high are Hotpatterns - wierd drafters!

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