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.

OWOP: Day 3, 4 and 5

I knew that taking indoor photos in my boyfriend's small apartment wasn't going to be the best  (I'm not comfortable at shooting outside in the city, with people around). To make it worse, I forgot my 18-55 mm lens at my parents' and only have my 50 mm lens with me (which requires a BIG space between you and the camera to take a full figure photo).
So, much to my frustration, my next OWOP pics are going to suck. Let's just say I'm so grateful I can usually shoot outside. I hope I'll manage to take better photos of my Banksia tops in the future. Maybe I could start making a few "what I wore" posts regularly?

On Monday, I wore my least favorite Banksia. It's made in a vintage floral fabric I love, but the fit is a bit off. I had planned to make it without the buttoned placket, but the gap between the two ends of the collar was too big and looked weird. So I created a pleat at the neckline in order to salvage the top. I also made the sleeves shorter than they're supposed to be.
It's not the most comfortable top to wear, but it looks cute with my Jenny skirt.

On Tuesday I wore my sleeveless lace Banksia. The fabric is and looks super cheap, so I didn't have too much hope for this top when I cut it, but I'm quite happy with the result. It's cute and it goes with so many things, from frilly skirts to jeans.

On Wednesday, I wore another new favorite (together with the apple print dress and another dress I have yet to show you). This top is made in bright pink georgette and it reminds me a lot of the original Banksia by Megan Nielsen.
Unfortunately, it looks a bit of a mess here and the neckline gaps slightly, but it's nothing too serious (I have to wear a cami underneath it anyway since it's see-through).
Oh, and I guess after showing this parrot printed skirt my obsession for animal prints is out in the open.

OWOP: Day 1 and 2

It was such a great idea to participate to OWOP! I managed to make 5 Banksia in total and I'm very excited about each one of them.


This one is definitely the best out of all of them and probably my favorite dress ever. I had to wear it on the first day because I was too excited to show it off. I used this adorable apple print (yes, the same one of this blouse) that I had saved all winter, waiting for the perfect project.



I used the Banksia bodice and shortened it, omitted the sleeves, made the collar in a contrasting colour and then made a skirt inspired to Pattern Runway Gathered Sundress. It has bias bound gathered pockets and elastic casing at the waist. And, round of applause, the skirt is lined!


Sunday was very busy, I spent most of the day working (I'm a waitress on weekends), came back just in time to bake homemade pizza with my family (YUM) and then I headed back to the city with my boyfriend.
Casual clothes are a must when I work, so I wore this Banksia tank I made with plaid cotton gauze, a leftover from a blouse my mother made for herself. This was extremely fast to make, it's sleeveless and the buttons are not functional (ie there are no buttonholes). I think it looks very cute with my zebra cardigan (best random purchase ever).

See you in a couple of days with the next outfits!