Jenny H’s Deer and Doe Plantain Top

Jenny from the Wardrobe Architect, has completed her next make for the LSABlogSquad – the Plantain top by Deer and Doe from our Clara yarn dyed jersey. It is such a simple but staple garment for your handmade wardrobe.

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For my second Like Sew Amazing Blog Squad make I opted to try a pattern I have not made before – The Deer and Doe Plantain top. I’ve seen loads of amazing versions of it all over Instagram and can’t believe it has taken me this long to try it!

The Plantain is a free pattern from Deer and Doe when you register your details with them. It has a scoop neck and a slightly flared shape. There are optional elbow patches but I left these off. There are 3 sleeve lengths and I was initially planning 3/4 sleeves, but decided on elbow length. To get the length right I folded the pattern piece halfway across the elbow patch marking, so that it would hit at my elbow.
The fabric I chose is this beautiful striped cotton jersey. It is white and pale sage/teal and is lovely and fresh for this time of year. It is a good weight, very opaque and has a lot of stretch recovery. It is very soft and was stable and easy to work with. The edges do roll slightly when it is cut, but it stays still when cutting and sewing so the stripe matching was much easier!
The Plantain is a very quick, easy sew. In this jersey, including cutting out and stripe matching, the whole process was under an hour and a half. I think cotton jerseys like this make speedy sewing a lot easier because they don’t shift around or stretch out awkwardly.
The one part I struggled very slightly with was the neckband, it really has to be stretched a lot to fit the neckline. I thought I would end up with a very puckered neckline, but this fabric held up really well under the tension and with a little bit of a press it lies so flat and neat. I topstitched the seam allowance down all around the neck and I think it might be my neatest one yet!
I think this is a really flattering and versatile pattern and I can see myself making a lot more. I love the fabric and after I made it I spotted a similar fabric on Boden, made into a long sleeved top.
This top reminds me of the I AM Patterns Zebre, I think it could be completely recreated using this fabric. I also think the fabric is probably better quality than the Boden option as it contains elastane to help it bounce back into shape.
Boden also do a pink version, and the same fabric I used is also available in pink! I love these colours for this time of year and you can’t go wrong with stripes!
Jenny x

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