Plantain t-shirt

Hi, my name is Jenya. I am the last person in the sewing universe to discover how truly wonderful the Plantain Tee is. I bet you have already seen a lot of beautiful creations made with this free pattern by Deer and Doe.


I love the shape of this tee. It hugs the body nicely around the shoulders and the bust, and flairs out a little around the tummy/heaps area which makes it very flattering. The comfort level of this tee is off the charts!


I started working on this tee a few weeks ago but couldn't finish it as my sewing machine forgot how to sew! About three years ago I picked up a Janome Memory Craft 6000 from an op shop for only $40. To my knowledge it was the first computerised Janome machine. My machine is currently at a local service centre. I am sewing on my little Elna 1000 again. It was my first sewing machine. It had a temper tantrum last time I sewed knit fabric on it so I thought I would wait until my Janome would get fixed before finishing the tee... but then it happened...


We were planning a family trip to the Melbourne Aquarium to celebrate Miss R starting school. It was a cold weekend and it looked like neither of the clothes that I washed would dry in time. What was one to do? Finish the tee, of course. I think I held my breath the entire time I was topstitching the neckband! Hemming the sleeves and the bottom of the tee went smoothly also. Phew!


I believe that the fabric I used played a big role at how comfortable and wearable this tee turned out to be. I cut into my precious Art Gallery knit I purchased from House of Cloth. The print is called Bon Voyage Lumiere. I purchased this fabric using a voucher a few of my sewing friends got for me when baby L was born. Ladies, I can't thank you enough!


I felt very awkward posing for the photos so my big girlie decided to keep me company. Isn't she sweet :) Miss R is wearing the Dear Prudence dress by Sewpony Vintage and a cardigan knitted by my mum. Miss R and I like hanging out in our handmade clothes. Well, we just like hanging out together :)


I love my Plantain tee so much I am planning on using this pattern again. So far I pre-washed fabric for three more tees. I am just wondering how many Plantain tees would be too many...

16 comments

  1. I love the pic of you two girlies... I really must get into sewing basics, but I'm scared of knits....And I love that you sewed a t-shirt, because your laundry wasn't dry! That's hilarious! - only something us sewing frenzy addict mums would do x

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  2. Beautiful photos, and very cute fabric! I have drafted my own T-shirt pattern, but don't get around to actually sewing one!!! Really should make it happen this week as it's still pretty hot in Sydney!

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  3. Four Plantains is just barely a minimum - definitely not too many :) It looks great on you and I love the fabric.

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  4. That last photo is so precious! And you must only be the 2nd last person to use the pattern, I have wanted to forever but haven't gotten around to it! It looks fabulous on you!

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  5. Good plain tees are the best! The shape is beautiful and the neck is just perfect! You girls are the cutest :-)

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  6. You felt awkward? It sure doesn't show. These are wonderful pictures of you and you are one beautfiul woman!

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  7. So glad you got your knit-sewing machine back ;) Though it looks as though your first machine did a splendid job (or, more likely, YOU did)! And your photographs are just lovely. You look gorgeous and I love the photo with your girl.

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  8. Beautiful photos of you jenya and I love your new top!

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  9. you are so gorgeous, jenya!! love the tee. And you are not the last person to make this tee- I AM! I've had the pattern printed for a year....

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  10. You look so good, beautiful pics! I didn't know this pattern, you're not the last one :-)

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  11. You look stunning! And I love the photo of you and R! That is one to cherish! The tee looks great on you!

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  12. Fun fabric, such a cute T! You make a great model, Jenya!

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  13. You look great, Jenya! Fabulous photos.

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  14. I keep meaning to try this pattern. it looks so wonderful on you.

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  15. I don't know why I only read this blog post now, but it's never too late to tell you I absolutely love your fabric choice!

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  16. Really like the t-shirt Jenya and you & R as well of-course! Do you sew for others? Ria

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