Monthly Archives: January 2014

Deer and Doe’s Plantain T-shirt

When Deer and Doe announced the Plantain pattern to celebrate the New Year, I was so excited! I had been meaning to start sewing some more everyday items and not just a plethora of dresses (don’t get me wrong, I love those babies!) as well as tackle knits. Plus it is a free pattern, so how could I say no. So here it is, my first knit pattern, and I have to say I love it!

Deer and Doe Plantain T-shirt

This is actually my third make of the Plantain shirt, but the only one that is wearable in public. The patten itself is a PDF, meaning you download the file, print, cut and tape, and then you have the pattern pieces. It should also be noted that you have to make sure that you print to “fill entire paper” not print “print entire image”, otherwise you have a much smaller pattern than you need. So like the good girl I am I printed the test square and everything was measuring correctly, but when I went back to print the rest of the pages I forgot to check the “fill entire page” button again. And here is the thing, I didn’t realize my mistake until I had nearly finished sewing up that sucker. I will spare you the images, but that was a belly shirt and I couldn’t even put my arms down to be side! Needless to say, ALWAYS double check that you marked the “fill entire page” button! So for my second one, I printed the pattern out to the correct scale and began again. I used some mystery vintage knit that I snagged from my sister-in-laws stash and stitched it up and this time she fit! There was only two problems, the fabric made the shirt look like pj’s and my cleavage was busting out. Don’t get me wrong I fine with showing some cleavage, but this was by no means appropriate or comfortable for an everyday shirt.

For my third try I picked up some super clearance knit from my local fabric store, it’s a semi sheer stripy rayon and possibly poly knit. This time around I took some serious time in my cutting to match all the stripes, I didn’t cut on a fold but instead laid each piece flat and traced. I did most of this way to close to bed time and somehow managed to make only one mistake, can you spot it? I cut two right sleeves and not mirror images (left and right), but since knit is so forgiving I installed them both anyways and the only reason it is noticeable it that the left sleeve’s stripes don’t match, but you know what, I still love the heck out of this shirt. And to express my love for this pattern I did something different with the elbow patches…

Deer and Doe Plantain T-shirt

Deer and Doe Plantain T-shirt

RED WOOL HEARTS! Which I guess is apparently not the most original ideas. Since making this earlier this month I have seen several other versions come up with heart shape patches, which of course I love each and every version of! I mean have you seen these other ladies makes, Paunnet’s red with white hearts, and this adorable crocheted version by Miss Bullette. I think this just confirms the fact that sewers are the most loving people out there.

Deer and Doe Plantain T-shirt

And did I mention how quick this puppy was to whip up? I started it before bed, picked it up again in the morning and by lunch it was done! I constructed almost entirely on my serger and finished it off with some twin-needle stitching on the arms, and hem (courtesy of the ever lovely sis-in-law). And to make sure this hopefully will last the test of time I stabilized the shoulders with some scrap twill tape.

To accommodate for the cleavage factor on the second attempt this time around I raised the neckline my 1/2″, which is perfect, it’s still a low scoop but I can move around without worries of flashing everyone in sight. Looking back at the images I think I should also do a narrow shoulder adjustment too, oh well, next time (which there will be many more).
Overall I love this pattern and not just because it was free. It is so comfortable and figure flattering and not to forget a quick wardrobe stable. My sincerest thank you to Eleanor of Deer and Doe!

xoxo
Jeanne

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Double Anna Dress

Friends, family, strangers on the internet, I’m doing it, I’m finally doing it. And by it I mean blogging. I have been meaning to start blogging my creations partially as a way to keep track of what I’m doing and partially to share them with the world. To begin I thought I would share my first Anna Dress by the lovely ladies of By Hand London. I finished this gem back in November of last year and I have to say I love it! It is swishy and perfect.

Double Anna Dress
I’m calling this my Double Anna Dress since both the pattern and the fabric are Annas!

I cut a straight 12US/16UK and is a smidgen loose in the midsection, but is perfect for moving around in and eating a big meal, in other words living life! The fabric is Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study Cyprus in Rayon Challis, which had been sitting in my stash for just about a year waiting for the right pattern. Initially I was a little worried about attempting to match the pattern, especially in the skirt, but I’m so glad I did! It was my first ever attempt at matching a pattern so it isn’t perfect, but I love it regardless. To give the dress a bit more structure I decided to fully line the dress using some Rayon Bemberg that I picked up at Joann’s. Looking back I really should have french seamed the whole dress for a cleaner finish, but since I had just gotten a serger and was itching to use it I went that route instead.

Double Anna Dress

I went with the invisible zipper that the pattern calls which only took me three tries to get in! Looking at the photos I really should go back and steam that zipper in better. For the hem I did a narrow rolled hem. Off hand I cannot remember if I cut the length down at all but I’m thinking I left it the standard length of the midi skirt length. Since this I have started actually taking notes while I am sewing, which should come in handy in my upcoming posts.

Double Anne Dress
(I promise the center back is straight! I’m just standing at a slight angle.)

All in all, I love this dress! So far I have only worn it on one occasion, but that is mostly because it is mid-winter here in Wisconsin and it is not really a light weight dress season here at the moment, but as soon as it warms up I will be putting this into frequent rotation.

Double Anna Dress

To end I thought I would leave you with this fantastic photo that captured me catching myself mid fall after attempting to take a picture of myself spinning.

xoxo Jeanne

Double Anna Dress