FO: Plantain by Deer & Doe

My first sewing project of 2014 is a simple garment.
“Just” a long-sleeved t-shirt.
But the simple things are often the best.
This is the new pattern from Deer and Doe, the Plantain tee. It is a free pdf, which you can print out at home, piece together with sticky tape and then either trace onto tissue paper or cut to your own size from the print-out.  I am a tracer, myself.
Here I demonstrate the USP:  elbow patches.
What do you mean you can’t see them?!
Hmmm… a scruffy-looking pair, they are.  I couldn’t keep my straight stitch inside the lines so went for a small zig-zag.  I know better than to try and unpick visible stitching on jersey.
I must try harder next time, especially if I go for a contrasting fabric as planned.

Because there will definitely be a next time.
I cut the long-sleeved version in a straight size 38 and it is pretty much perfect.
I love the figure-skimming fit and the length is just right:  tuck-in-able even with my low-slung jeans.

The neckline is lower than I normally wear but doesn’t reveal straps or upholstery.
I have some cotton/silk dobby-dot voile in the stash that will make a fab toning scarf to keep out the draught.

Pattern:  Plantain by Deer and Doe in size 38
Fabric:  Organic cotton jersey from The Eternal Maker.  I bought 1.5m, which allowed me to cut the back and front down one side of the piece, with the sleeves side by side next to the front.  This left me with a big square of perhaps 80cm x 80cm, which will become part of a colour-blocked version sometime soon.
Other: Thread and two pieces of bias tape to support the shoulder seams on the inside.

Now, can I go back indoors to do some knitting please?  It is rather chilly out here!