1.18.2016

a Deer and Doe Plantain top

What can I say....  I'm probably the last person on the planet to make the Deer and Doe Plantain top.
And I love it!  And it's my new favorite tee.  And I've already worn it three days in a row.  Above photo, and both photos below.  :)  I'm also wearing out my Ottobre pants I love.  Bottom photo right is topped with a rtw cardi.
The Plantain pattern is a free download from Deer & Doe you can find here. 
I made a size 38 with 1/4" serged seams with no modifications except lengthening the sleeves to a long-sleeve length.  I tried hard to match the stripes at the sides.  The stripes are a little 'off' at the shoulders of the sleeves, but that's okay.
I take that back..... I modified the neckline and instead of using the Deer and Doe instructions, used the Narrow Binding on Necklines in Knit Fabric tutorial by Deepika Prakash.  This is the nicest, neatest knit binding I've ever put on by machine and will definitely use this technique again in the future.  I used the rose color stripe of my fabric as the binding color and after trying twice to sew the binding on per pattern instructions, the third time was the charm using Deepika's technique.  By then my poor knit binding piece was stretched out and since scraps had been sewn together to create a length long enough for the binding due to fabric shortage in the first place, I had no choice but to use my stretched out piece of binding for the final application.  As you can see in the photo below, there are little gathers/pleats at the neckline because this neckline was too low, and would not lie straight due to being stretched out, so I came up with the idea to use Coats and Clark Button Craft Thread and a blunt end needle to 'sew' a long length of thread in the wrong side of the binding casing, pulled and knotted it where I liked the way the neckline looked, and tied it off.  Perfect!  It pulled the neckline up enough to where I feel decent, and the top is easy to get on and off anyway AND the little gathers/pleats adds a nice little design feature methinks.
The back.  This top has a little flare from the waist down that is very flattering.
Okay, another modification made was to use one of my decorative stretch stitches to hem this top instead of a twin needle.  (I twin-needle stitched the sleeve hems though)  Anyway, in my sample pieces in the photo below, you can see how the decorative stitch (top piece) lies nice and flat with no puckers.  The bottom piece, that was twin needle stitched, has the typical-to-me channeling and a few puckers.  I got this idea from the Ottobre Women's Design magazine patterns that recommends using a decorative stretch stitch like, this to be used in place of an overlocker, for stitching that will be seen on the garment.  I like it and will definitely use it again. 
This top also fit my daughter and was almost hers, but she wasn't too keen on the stripes.  For the next Plantain, I may narrow the center front and center back widths a little, as well as raise the neckline.  Otherwise, this top is perfect.  I can see many more Plantain tops in the near future!
This project also completes Make a Garment a Month's 'Jump into January' theme of using a pattern from your stash.  After checking the download date of January 2014, this pattern has been unused in my stash far too long.
Happy Sewing Everyone!

14 comments:

  1. Cute top & you did a great job on matching your stripes! I found the neckline on this top to be too low cut for me too.

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    1. Even looking at the pattern it seemed low, but dug in anyway. Thank you Beverly! :)

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  2. What a nice top and says a lot when you wear it that much. No you are not the last person, I am, as I have printed the pattern 2 years ago when I was doing my "lurking" getting back into sewing. Thank you for the reminder, I'm going to pull this pattern out when I get back home.

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    1. It's an easy pattern to sew and look forward to seeing your version! Thanks! :)

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  3. Nice top, Lisa and your stripe matching looks pretty good to me. I must check out this pattern especially as it is free. I used a decorative stitch as a hem on a couple of woven tops but have never tried it on a knit top. Must keep it in mind for next time. Thanks for the handy hints too re the neckline.

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    1. Let us know what you think of using a dec stitch on knit. This knit was fairly stable, even though it was thinnish. Thank you Kathy! :)

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  4. Ha, you might be late with your Plantain but you won't be the last to show it off, I haven't sewn it yet ;) And I like your version a lot which means that there definitely will be a Plantain for me in the near future! Thanks for sharing :)
    Katharina

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    1. Look forward to seeing your version Katharina! I think you'll like this pattern. Hey, it sort of makes me feel good that I'm not the only one late to the Plantain party! :)

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  5. Hello Lisa! I thought Lisa Carolina was your name, not where you are from. So now I know it is Lisa's Carolina. I have never been to your area, but my father had and said it was one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I have enjoyed getting to know you on IG and now to have come to your blog which I will follow with enthusiasm. Nice T (I said that already!!).

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    1. What a nice thing for your father to say! I have enjoyed getting to know you on IG too and look forward to getting to know you through your blog. Thanks Kate! :)

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  6. It looks great on you, Lisa. Nice save on the neckline! I made it three times and disliked it all three times. I found the neckline too low (which was easily fixed) and too tight across the bust, no matter which size I traced. Oh well. There are plenty of other t-shirt patterns to try. Every body is different.

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  7. I love your top, Lisa. Simple, pretty and flattering. I will give the pattern a try, especially I have knit fabric in my stash. Thanks for the inspirations :)

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  8. Oh dear, if you're late then I'm unforgiveably late, because I haven't sewn it yet either! It looks great on you. Everyone needs a chic striped shirt, and the colours on this one are lovely against your gorgeous hair :)

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  9. Your sewing ability far surpasses mine! I wouldn't have the patience or know how. It is great you can make so many of your clothes. Nancy

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Thank you for taking the time to leave a note.~Lisa

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