Friday, January 31, 2014

Deer and Doe: Plantain

This is my entry to the Deer and Doe Plantain Challenge.  I am so excited about this pattern.  I need some new t-shirts and I had just bought a bunch of fabric from Girl Charlee but I didn’t have a pattern.  This one came out just in time, and it’s free!  Merci, Deer and Doe.

I actually made one other version of the shirt first to get the fit just right.  I found that I needed to shift the shoulders slightly to the front—this is a typical change for me, but I didn’t need to adjust the neckline at all (I love the neckline, I think it’s so flattering).

For the dress, I was inspired by the dress below by Boden.  When I saw this dress in their catalogue I fell in love with it and actually bought this fabric to make the dress.  For the dress I kept the neckline the same but shortened the sleeves to elbow length.  I marked the waist and drafted an a-line skirt for the back.  For the front I marked the waist and then marked 2 inches above the waist for about 6 inches in the middle and drafted a soft angle to match the two.   On the front skirt I did the same thing but opposite and added 12 inches in the middle for the gathers.  On the inside I used interfacing strips on the front bodice waistline to strengthen the seam.   I hope that makes sense!
I don't know why it didn't rotate when I uploaded it, but I was in too much of a hurry to fix it.
Elena, the best photobomber in town.
I’m so excited about the dress (I already wore it to work once this week), that I feel like I already won. Thanks for stopping by.  I can’t wait to see what everyone else made.


  1. I really love the shape you got. I am going to have to sit down with pen and paper and reread your instructions and see if I can make my own. Also, I think we might have the same boots - LLBean?

    1. Thanks. I will try to take some pictures of the pattern pieces. The boots--Lucky Brand.

  2. My only problem is the photography and the cropping that cuts off your beautiful FACE! But otherwise, LOVELY work, you look fabulous and so does the dress. :) Well done you.

  3. oh I love is an amazing dress..and you look wonderful!!!

  4. Thanks guys! I didn't realize he was cutting off my head, but I don't mind. :)