Deer and Doe, a French designer, recently released their Plantain t-shirt pattern for free. After seeing Plantains pop up all over the blogosphere, I decided to make my own.
I started and finished this shirt (just my third-ever shirt) on Sunday. Sewing an entire garment in one day is a record for me. This pattern is nice and simple, with just four pieces, five if you include the elbow patches. It includes three different sleeve options: short, long, and 3/4 like I’ve done, so it’s pretty versatile as well.
I’ll admit that I am a noob at knit fabrics. This is only the second item I’ve ever made using knit fabric. The fabric is a thin cotton knit from G Street Fabrics. G Street is a local small chain fabric store. In the back, they have a handful of giant shelves filled with wonderful fabrics for $2.97 per yard. This orange fabric was one of my finds from my most recent trip. I got just over one yard.
Doe and Deer’s Plantain pattern calls for much more fabric than I bought, so I was a little worried about making the pieces fit. It came together with no problem, though, and I was able to properly align all of the pieces with the grain.
The shirt came together easily. I used my regular sewing machine with a zig zag stitch. I didn’t have any trouble attaching the neckline, and I think it has a nice and professional finish.
My only issue came to light once the shirt was almost finished. In my excitement, I didn’t really read the sizing chart that comes with the pattern. I jumped right in and started cutting the smallest size (as I typically do with commercial many patterns). I tried the shirt on once the side seams were sewn, only to realize that I should have cut a size or two larger. Hence, there are no pictures of this shirt on a person. Next time…
I do plan on making this shirt again, in a more appropriate size for me.
Pattern: Plantain by Deer and Doe
Fabric: Orange cotton knit from G Street Fabrics
Cost: About $4
Time: 4(ish) hours