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…Top 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.
Construction 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. The 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.)I 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.