Plantain Success

vid 011After several unsuccessful attempts at Deer and Doe’s Plantain T-shirt, I was given some very helpful advice on a Ravelry forum about sewing.  The advice was to cut the size for my high bust measurement, and then do a full bust adjustment to compensate for my small shoulder: bust ratio. I think it worked out rather well! The fabric is an organic cotton knit from Hawthorne Threads and it is soooo soft and easy to work with, I would recommend it.  The next time I make this top, I think I will take a little out of the side seams from about halfway down. It has a little more swing to it than I want in an everyday T-shirt, but for this version, it is okay. Happy Sewing!


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Deer and Doe Pavot Jacket – Lace Edition

Matronly or on trend? I cannot decide if I like this lace version of the Deer and Doe Pavot Jacket.  Of course, I love the pattern, but in gray lace it seems a little mother of the bride to me. And I have not nailed down the fit of this jacket yet. In this version I raised the waistline by one inch (2.5 cm) and I used French seams on all of the seams except for the sleeves since it was a sheer fabric. I also omitted the facing pieces for the button band, instead encasing the raw front edges in grosgrain and petersham ribbon from ClassicDesignShoppe. The silver buttons I bought in April at a local historical reenactment. They are heavy, beautiful, and were a fantastic price. The sleeve seams sit about two inches (5 cm) below my actual shoulders, so that needs to be worked out in my next version of this jacket. When I get the fit perfect, I will do this up in a nice navy wool and keep it forever. Deer and Doe patterns are wardrobe staples and deserve to be perfected. Happy sewing!

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Sewing Queue for Summer

I wish that there was a Ravelry equivalent for sewing. I would like to have a visual cue for my sewing patterns, other than a Pinterest page. I have been trying to organized my sewing wish list so that I am creating a usable wardrobe of things that I will wear and not just have fun making. So, here are my next few sewing projects in a visual format. I am currently working on the Pavot Jacket by Deer and Doe in a gray lace.  My version will be short.

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Next up, already cut is Maria Denmark’s Day to Night Drape Top in a black and blue Slinky fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics. I have made this top two other times and wear them a lot under cardigans or just by themselves.


Then, my son needs some new pajama shorts as he is growing so quickly! I have a Simplicity pattern for these, they are pretty simple.

My most challenging summer project will be the Thurlow Trousers from Sewaholic. I have made a pair of shorts from this pattern to test it, but I need to lengthen the crotch seam before I cut the pants fabric, also from Gorgeous Fabrics.

I have also already cut out Simplicity 1607, a Cynthia Rowley pattern. I am making the scoopneck version in a lightweight rayon fabric.

Lastly, I made an unblogged pair of Sara Leggings by Named but the metal zipper broke and I never fixed it because the fabric was a wool blend and was not really appropriate for the pattern. I am going to make them again with regular zippers in a stretch twill fabric. I don’t have the fabric yet, but I do have the pattern tested and ready to go.


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This should keep me busy until the fall, when I plan on sewing some casual/ fitness pieces. I have fallen in love with Papercut patterns and the Pneuma Tank and the Anima Pant are both on my wishlist!

Happy sewing!

Sewing Work in Progress

My cloud dress is finished, but ironically it has been raining here too much to photograph. My next sewing project is a short version of Deer and Doe’s Pavot Jacket. I found this grey, stretchy lace fabric at a big box fabric store and decided to try a lace jacket. I am using French seams for neatness, but am not sure how the collar piece will work look. It may be a collarless jacket when all is said and done. Happy sewing.


Sewing Saturday – Plantain T-shirt by Deer and Doe

Here is my tunic length version of the Plantain T-shirt from Deer and Doe. I have decided that tunics and leggings are my new uniform. They are so comfy and feminine. I want to make some with thermal knits for pajamas. However, I keep having an issue with the underarm area of my T-shirts. I had the same problem with the Renfrew T-shirt from Sewaholic. I know that my underarms are higher on my body than average and that I am short from the shoulder to the bust. My question to you is will a full bust adjustment fix this, or should I just raise the armscyes or cut a larger size?  Any suggestions would be welcomed and appreciated.


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Sewing Saturday – Another Airelle Top by Deer and Doe

I have an obsession with using up leftover fabric. This Airelle blouse by Deer and Doe was made using scraps from the skeleton dragon wings from my son’s Halloween costume. The collar was left over from Espresso Leggings by Cake. When I bought the fabric for the costume I just wanted something black, but when I started to work with it I noticed that it was really nice fabric. So, it also became a blouse for me.


Speaking of Deer and Doe, have you heard about their new English blog and FREE sewing pattern? This is on my sewing horizon for the near future. I think I will extend it to tunic length to wear with those Espresso Leggings! Happy Sewing.


Image from Deer and Doe. Plantain T-shirt pattern.

Work in Progress Wednesday – Airelle Blouse by Deer and Doe

Lots of sewing this week at my house, including finishing another Kirsten Kimono Tee by Maria Denmark. This top if fun and a quick sew. I put a band on the bottom for an even more casual look.

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My next project is another Airelle Blouse by Deer and Doe. This version is in an emerald green with a cream knit collar and cuffs.  Progress continues on the Halloween costume and I have two pairs of Espresso Leggings to show you on Friday. Happy sewing.

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Work in Progress Wednesday – Pavot Jacket

Slow progress is being made on the Pavot jacket by Deer and Doe.  The fabric is a cotton twill from a big box fabric store.  Since this jacket is unlined, I am finishing all of the inside seams with cotton/poly bias tape. I already plan to cut about 1 inch of the bottom of the bodice and cut some width out of the back for my next version.  The Deer and Doe patterns that I have tried have really inspired me with visions of variations and experiments for the future. I am dreaming of a gray flannel Pavot, a short brown corduroy Pavot, and a long, plaid Pavot with sequins on the bottom inspired by Louis Vuitton.

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Work in Progress Wednesday – Deer and Doe Pavot Jacket

This week I started my first sewn jacket. It is an unlined, mid-season jacket from Deer and Doe. Since the Pavot jacket is unlined, I am taking my time and finishing every seam with bias tape to ensure that the inside is neat and tidy. This will probably take me all month, but I should have a lovely jacket that will last for years.

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