At last! Some sewing has happened! Actually this happened a couple of weeks ago but you all know how tardy I am by now… Here I am posing by some beautiful textile art by Gill Everard in my Deer & Doe plantain T-shirt! (Follow the link to download the free pattern).
I’ve been wanting to have a go at sewing knits for ages, and was very inspired by Scruffy Badger’s lovely Dotty Plantain a while back. I have a lot of fitting issues with tops so I was *super-chuffed* to find that this pattern worked so well for me with fairly minimal adjustments – I just added some extra width around the body and in the upper sleeves. And speaking of sleeves, how can you RESIST a T-shirt with elbow patches??
I wasn’t sure old Auntie Janis (my ancient Singer Samba) was totally up to the job: I don’t own an overlocker, so I used this post from Tilly to get the stitching right. A little practice run making a matching headband, and we were away! I did think the whole twin-needle thing would be asking too much of Auntie J, but check this out – she did me proud! I reckon I’m going to sew EVERYTHING with a twin needle from now on…
I absolutely LOVE this fabric, a soft cotton jersey print (in my favourite colour!) from Minerva that has washed & tumble dried OK so far. I admit I’ve worn my Plantain to death already, and will definitely be making more. Next time though I’ll add a couple of inches to the length to hide the old tummy bulge, and perhaps take an inch or so out of the upper chest – that neckline is just a little too low for me!
If you haven’t succumbed to the delights of the Plantain yet, I urge you to have a go!