Late last year, before blog (BB), I was the extremely lucky recipient of a mega prize giveaway from the lovely Megan Nielsen, a wonderful Australian independent pattern designer. It was the first birthday of the launch of her patterns, and she had some wonderful prizes, including a pattern of your choice. It must have been in October, because I had been stalking the Banksia sew-along, living vicariously until November, when I could buy the pattern - because I had committed to 'Buy Nothing New' month in October. When the opportunity came up to win it I thought it was the ultimate loop hole! So I entered, with the Banksia as my first choice, and the Darling Ranges dress or the Kelly skirt as my second choice (I'd recently made my Wiksten tulip skirt which I was a bit meh about and had wished I'd seen the Kelly pattern first). Now that very kind lady not only sent me the Banksia when I won, but also the Darling Ranges and Kelly pattern, AND some fabric, buttons, labels and bias binding. And a bag! It was simply the BEST prize pack a sewist could want. Ever.
It's taken me until now to make the Banksia - I really wanted to get my skills up before attempting it, and I had found the cutest fine cotton from Spotlight that I thought would suit the pattern perfectly - it has the sweetest 70's Liberty-esque vibe. Most reviews of the pattern have been very positive so I had high hopes that it would fit me well straight up - an expectation I am beginning to learn is a bit unrealistic!