Guys, I may have a problem.
I now have 4 Deer & Doe plantains under my belt. And I can’t seem to stop.
But to be fair, I don’t really think it’s my fault.
The drafting of this pattern is brilliant. Fitted at the bust with a slight flare at the hips. It’s crazy flattering. And… It’s free. Total win.
I wanted to use some jersey I had in my stash…
… including this leopard print viscose (seen previously as a DIY pattern skirt)…
… and this white jersey.
I ended up liking the pattern so much I bought some pretty peach knit from Walthamstow market…
… and some striped jersey from the lovely ladies at Sew Over It.
These plantains were all satisfyingly easy to whip up and I managed to make a few modifications as I went along (like adding cuffs and pockets). You can read more about my adventures with the plantains at the end of the post.
White 3/4 plantain
My first plantain was this 3/4 length sleeve version, made with a soft cotton jersey from the ol’ stash drawer.
I followed the instructions and it came together really quickly. Nice.
I cut a straight size 38 based on my measurements and it’s come up a bit loose, but to be fair, I actually kinda like the drape.
I did kinda mess up the neckline a little. I didn’t transfer the neckline markings to the fabric, so the neckband puckers a little bit. But that’s only if you look really close and are super picky. And, heck, life’s too short to worry about puckering, right?
My second plantain was this short sleeve version with pocket, made with some viscose jersey I had in my stash from this skirt (I was on a serious stash busting mission that weekend). The drape on this fabric is unreal. Bonkers amazing.
I cut another size 38 and drafted the pocket myself (basically by drawing and cutting out a pointy rectangle).
This time I remember to transfer the neckline markings and the neckband is 100% perfect. Aces.
Pink plantain with cuffs
My third plantain was made up in this pink viscose from Walthamstow market. Another fabric with a drape of dreams.
I really wanted to experiment with cuffs and was aiming for cuffs similar to those on this Inari dress. I cut two rectangles the length of the sleeve by 2″ wide and attached them to the bottom of the sleeve after I sewed the side seams.
I don’t hate them, but the cuffs came out a bit too narrow so I’ll experiment making them wider next time. If I add cuffs again, I would also attach the cuff before sewing the side seam and shrink the cuff length wise by about 10% to get a snugger fit.
Striped 3/4 sleeve plantain
I LOVE me some stripes (and jazzy stripe matching) and found this lovely cotton jersey from Sew Over It.
I wanted something more fitted and modest – something that I could easily sneak into my work wardrobe. So for this version I cut a straight size 36 and raised the neckline by 2″.
I didn’t quite nail the neckline though. I forgot to redraft the neckband to take into account the raised neckline. So the neckband doesn’t lay as flat as I’d like. It’s not a total deal breaker, but it’s something definitely to remember.