I think we can all agree being ill sucks. I mean, sure, there is soup and wooly socks and binge watching tv but overall it is tres lame. Nine days into a hideous virus these perks were no longer cutting it and it was time to drag myself from bed and sew something snug and warm to get well in. Luxe fabric from stash + relaxed fit tee pattern = recipe for good health!
This is the Plantain T-Shirt from Deer & Doe. It is a tee fitted at the shoulders and flaring at the hips with optional elbow patches. You can go the short, long or 3/4 sleeves options depending on what floats your boat (or how much fabric you have in your stash). Unlike my earlier endeavours into Deer & Doe territory, google translate was not needed as this sucker has instructions in English. Oh, and best of all? It is free! That’s right. Nada. Zero. Zip. I call that a victory!
The construction of this number was super easy and I have to say the pattern overall is very beginner friendly. Even whilst caught within the grasp of Death Plague 9000™, I was able to piece this together in an afternoon. The majority of the construction happened on the Janome (but with walking foot attached to help with stripe matching) and seams were finished with the overlocker. I used a short zig zag stitch for seams and a long straight stitch for the neckline finish and hems. As this is a relaxed fit tee I wasn’t too worried about the hems popping stitches and so far this has been fine. Look at me- knit wear renegade!
The fabric is pretty fierce and was pulled from my Nomura Tailor spoils picked up from Kyoto this time last year. The stripes are cream and denim blue and whilst the fabric is knit there is limited stretch which made me a little hesitant about this pattern- but we here at B+P are well known for sewing on the edge! Also worth noting- the sleeves are a weird length somewhere between short and 3/4- this is simply due to only having 1.3m fabric. Why 1.3m you ask? Who knows! I was pretty hopped up on purchasing all the Clover products at the time of this purchase so things most likely got lost in translation. The joys of sugar + awesome notions + lack of a common language!
The skirt is also a recent make. This is another of my simple, DIY gathered skirts. As per my fierce summer linen number this is a 1:1.5 ratio, features in seam pockets, centre back zip and a 10cm deep hem. I seriously love this silhouette and the fabric is a cotton pique from Addicted to Fabric. 2015 is being renamed year of the gathered skirt in Bimble and Pimble-ton!
But I digress, what I liked about the Plantain pattern:
- The scoop neck, relaxed fit and a-line shape. Bonds, manufacturer of my fave relaxed scoop tee, is going to be mourning my discovery of this pattern!
- No need for an FBA. Someone cue the marching band and synchronised ninjas- I HAVE A TEE THAT FITS.
- This sucker is free. FREE!!!!
What I would change next time:
- Try the long sleeved version as things be getting chill in the Berra. I discovered some merino pieces at the back of the stash so might do some colour blocking to fit it into one.
- Nothing else, because I’ve already churned out another two tees!
Pattern: Plantain Tee from Dee & Doe (free!)
Fabric: 1.3m of delicious cotton knit from Nomura Tailor *dreamy sigh*
Notions: thread, cold and flu tablets
Overall, I am super happy with the Plantain and have plans to make a swathe of them to phase out the RTW in my wardrobe (read replace ratty old tees). In fact, after crawling out of my PJs to take these photos, I headed back inside to put together two more from stashed merino. Gotta love a ninja quick pattern!
But let’s also take a moment to talk about this rather sassy cowl! This number been a sick bed project and was completed over the course of a week. The pattern is the Gaptastic Cowl and it is free from Ravelry. I have to say this is probably my favourite knitted make ever (not hard when you have made like three things) simply for the fact it feels super spongy and squishy and is so snuggly to wear. Also, the colour is crazy awesome and totally out of my regular wheelhouse. It is 12 ply Estate in Limelight from Morris & Sons. I can’t recommend this enough as a beginner friendly knit.