Do you all have pattern designers that you admire, want to buy their patterns, but for some reason or another you put those projects on the back burner?
That’s how I’ve been with Deer & Doe. Their patterns are amazing…and I have no good reason that I haven’t sewn one of their patterns. I think I first heard of them when I saw the Belladone Dress over at Ginger Makes. And then I saw the Datura Blouse sewn up by Anna over at Noodle Head.
When I saw they had a free pattern, I had to give them a try. Their free pattern is awesome…and I see many more makes coming out of this. It’s their Plantain T Shirt pattern, and did I say it is FREE?
The fit is just right, with no adjustments at all. For this make, I used an old thrifted knit dress I picked up for a buck. I cut it up, set it aside to sew, only later to find out the back had holes in it. Blah…that’s what you get for being cheap and using thrifted dresses. No really, I should have looked at the dress more closely when I was buying it. I’m sure I could blame it on shopping with the kids, or feeling rushed to get off to the next appointment. Truly, though, next time I’m thrifting, I need to look over the garment for holes before buying.
The holes turned out to be a happy mistake. I chopped off the bottom half of the back (the holy culprit) and instead cut out some slippery, slinky material that matched. I sewed it up, and then thought about the sleeves for a minute. I’m sure you can tell, but my new favorite finishing technique for my sleeves is to add bands (sewn here and here). I love the length it gives and just the simple extra line it adds to the sleeve.
I looked back over my back piece (the one I cut off earlier with holes) and found just enough fabric to cut out my sleeve bands.
I will definitely make another version of the Plantain T shirt..next time trying out the long sleeved version with elbow patches!