I’m a big fan of Deer & Doe, so I was super excited about the new (free!) pattern, the Plantain t-shirt. Serendipitously the pattern was released while my husband and I were on our honeymoon in New Zealand (more on that soon!). The day before we had been to The Fabric Store in Dunedin, but I was so overwhelmed by the sheer multitude of gorgeous apparel fabric that I couldn’t decide what to buy. The next morning this pattern was released and I knew I had to go back and get this black and white striped 100% merino wool knit.
I sewed a size 34 with no alterations. The pattern comes with either short, 3/4, or long sleeves. I really like 3/4 length sleeves (because if I wear a long-sleeved shirt I always end up pushing the sleeves up anyway) so that’s what I went with.
I like elbow patches in theory, but not always in practice, so I decided to go the subtle route and instead of using a different fabric to make them I just used vertical stripes instead of horizontal.
The scoop neckline is really flattering and comfortable. It’s finished with a band, which I actually had no trouble getting to lay flat this time! Probably due to the fact that I…
…finally got a serger (yay!) and this is the first garment I’ve sewn with it. I’ve always been kind of intimidated by sergers, but it actually only took about 30 minutes to figure out how to use it. I love the way the finished seam looks – so much neater!
If you’ve never used a Deer & Doe pattern before you should definitely try this one out! Their instructions are very detailed and the fit is always excellent. Plus this pattern’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose!