Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Chevron Banksia

Banksia, Banksia, Banksia... Oh, how I love thee...
I absolutely LOVE this Megan Nielson Banksia pattern. I already have plans to make it again, especially in jersey, again. It's amazingly comfortable.
I am in LOVE with this chevron jersey from Girl Charlee. Really. Let me say that again. Chevron. Jersey. Girl Charlee. Yes, it's true. Love.
Obviously my version is placketless, has different longer 3/4 sleeves, and has an added band around the bottom. I also slashed the collar pattern in half and extended it about an inch, so that it would meet in the middle around the front, which accommodated the no placket.  I added the band, because while I cut the Small, it was just so short on me. My friend Rachel from Happily Ever After had made this pattern in a small, so I was able to try hers on, so I didn't need (or so I thought) to make a muslin, because hers was also a jersey knit. She had made it in a tunic length, so I didn't realize that, because I am taller that it would be honestly-shorter-than-this-mama-wanted. The bottom is black jersey that I cut off my husband's old polo shirt to fix that problem. The collar is a black jersey shirt I cut up from my own closet, which I did not interface at all. I actually like that the band sort of "cuts up" the bold print, along with the solid black collar.
Now, if you think I was not scared out of my mind that this shirt would be hated and look so weird on me, I'd be lying. While I love chevron almost anything, I was so afraid that this would be too much on me. It definitely makes me stand out. And, even as it was coming together, I was just so unsure of how it would turn out.
As soon as I finished completely and put it on, I realized it was better than I had even thought in my mind. I'm glad I follow my crazy intuition all the way through. I even hung this up in my "normal clothes" section of my  closet of things I will wear on a regular basis. I've decided that making more knit items is a must.

I hope you enjoyed it! Have any of you got this pattern on your must make list like me? Or have you been wanting to make it?