Deer and Doe in Black and White

Have you seen the new (and FREE) Plantain pattern from Deer and Doe?  It’s a cute little t-shirt, with 3 different sleeve lengths and optional elbow patches.  Endless possibilities for customization. Perfect fit.  And FREE.  So go get it and make some tees, if that’s your thing!  I made five last week…Plantain x 5Top row:  Short sleeved white cotton/lycra, long sleeved bamboo/organic cotton, black 3/4 length sleeve cotton/lycra with elbow patches.

Bottom row: Long sleeved rayon/lycra with elbow patches, black 3/4 length sleeve/no elbow patches

What can I say about a t-shirt, really…it’s not the most exciting project in the world, but discovering a TNT t-shirt pattern that I can use over and over again is pretty exciting to me 🙂  I was severely lacking in comfy, attractive knit shirts in my wardrobe.  I made a straight size 36, with no alterations.

DSC_0392Construction is pretty straight forward, I did elbow patches on a couple of them which I think is a fun little detail but my husband disagrees.  Oh wellllllzzzzz 😉  I used some polyester-or-something-suede-like fabric from Joann’s, and stuck them on there with some wash away wonder tape so they wouldn’t shift around while I sewed them on.  (I love that stuff, seriously.)  I used the overlocker-type stitch on my regular machine with my walking foot, and it was pretty easy.  I did practice one first on a scrap and I am glad I did because that helped me pick the best stitch and spacing from the edge. DSC_0394The fabrics I used (all from my stash, yay!) vary from cotton/lycra, to rayon/lycra, and bamboo/organic cotton with no lycra.  The fit is a little different with all three fabrics, and definitely the ones that worked the best are the ones with lycra and good stretch recovery.  The bamboo with no lycra can get a little stretched out, and the fit is quite a bit looser (making that low-ish neckline a bit dangerous when leaning over to wrangle the kiddos.)DSC_0400I finished the hems with my coverstitch machine and was once again so grateful to have her!  So fast and easy.  Although this rayon version was a little shifty and slippery so I once again used my friend wonder tape and taped down the hem before I sewed it.  That stuff works like a dream I tell ya.

I can’t really recommend this pattern enough, and it makes me want to try out the other Deer and Doe patterns that have been sitting in my stash for way too long (Datura, Belladone, Pavot).  And check out the Plantain cardigan Teresa made!  Seriously cute, and so smart to use a thrifted suede jacket for the elbow patches.  I want.

  • these turned out so great! i am desperately in need of a stack of tees, hopefully i can do the same soon.

  • Suzanne Williams

    They all turned out really cute! Can’t wait to try making one 🙂

  • I love your tees, esp the ones with the elbow patches. I would say, never listen to the feedback from your husband. Mine never says the right thing.

  • Nice and so practical! You can certainly never have too many tees… especially when you own a coverstitch machine 🙂

  • Whoa dude! You’re a machine! These are all great!

  • Five? You made 5? You go girl!

  • You are on fire this week with your sewing! And I love each and every one your plantains…especially those elbow patches!

  • i bow to you, o queen of the plantains! they all look great! what a nice bunch of wardrobe staples.

  • My hubs was skeptical about the patches too (working on a second plantain) but I love them! 🙂 Your striped fabrics are making me incredibly jealous! 😉

  • These are fab! I have to go get this pattern! I have to say that I disagree with husband….elbow patches are awesome…

  • Yours turned out great!! I love my Plantains — THE perfect t-shirt! I really need to make more. I especially love your stripey one with the elbow patches. Elbow patches rock, no matter what your husband says!

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