staple sewing: plantain parade

SONY DSCThis, friends, is what I wear every weekend between October and March: long-sleeved tops, jeans, boots. A fashionista I am not.

The only difference is that this year, I’ll be wearing tops I made, in colors I picked, in the exact right fit and the exact right size. And why make one when you can make three?

I made a trio of Deer & Doe Plantain tees in my favorite kind of knit — mystery knit. Just kidding. It kills me that I have no idea what the fiber content is for these, since they come from the chaos of the $2.97/yard sale table. On the other hand,  $2.97 a yard!

(It’s possible that a blog post about three T-shirts is totally boring.  I … have no defense against that.)


I started with the fabric with the busiest pattern, then worked my way over to the solid fabric, figuring a pattern would hide any mistakes I made in the early stages of making the Plantain. That was a good instinct — I struggled at first to stretch out the neckline band evenly. That’s mainly because I always, always forget to mark the center front and center back of the bodice pieces. Inevitably, I’ll mark every single notch but forget the CF and CB. I don’t recommend it.


This print is just right — the more I look at the pictures, the more I love it.


I’ve read a lot of blog posts about Plantains (does that make me boring, too? Oh wells) and people aren’t lying when they say it’s a quick make. Of course, for most everyone else, “quick make” means 30 minutes, and for me it means 90 minutes. But I’m not complaining!


I was pleasantly surprised when my mystery knits turned out to be pretty easy to work with. There was only a little rippling, and the prints hid most of that, anyway.


One of my favorite things about this pattern is the loose fit through the torso. If I’m wearing skinny jeans, I don’t really want a tight shirt, too. This top is fitted through the shoulders, which keeps it from being shapeless and balances out my hips, and that’s all I really need.


Plus, the sleeves are NICE and long. I like to be able to pull my sleeves up over my thumbs.


I think you can count on these being in the weekly laundry rotation. And as boring as that is, it’s the best sign of a good make.

Pattern: Deer & Doe Plantain tee, size 38
Fabric: For each top, less than 2 yards of 50″-60″ wide, stretchy knit fabric, about $6 per piece from G Street Fabrics.


6 thoughts on “staple sewing: plantain parade

  1. Just found your blog and going through your archives. You have sold me to the plantain shirt. (I think because I am 5’9″ and from what I’ve read of your very similiar.) Thanks!

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