Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Just Lovely


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Hello! Hope you're having a good week so far. I so wish there was enough time after work to do all the things that I want to do, but, you know, that's life....so I'm shutting the whining down right now. I want to share a new make - actually made on Saturday - and express my deep and (destined to be) abiding love for the Deer and Doe plantain. Yep, that's me - always tardy to the party. I've had the free pattern printed out for months but hadn't gotten to it - plus I was worried that it would be too small for me. I pictured only lovely, slender, French ladies wearing Deer and Doe, but I'm seeing lots of lovely, curvy ladies rockin' them as well. Yay!

I know I'm always gushing over tee shirt patterns, but, seriously, this one is extra special. Tee shirts make up a huge part of my wardrobe AND being able to make my own that fit me the way I want to (i.e. skim the chest but without linebacker shoulders and orangutan arms) is a game changer for me. It's actually pretty damn empowering. And all this taking pictures of myself is making me really look and analyze fit. I suspect that I need to learn how to do a narrow shoulder adjustment based on what I'm seeing. I don't really think I have narrow shoulders, but opting for larger sizes because of my bust measurement means that the shoulders are wider too. That's my guess, anyway.

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We went out to brunch with Beej's parents on Sunday, so I got to wear my new top along with my (boring) Colette Ginger skirt. I even made the necklace. Everything but the shoes, baby! :) (Except the bra, of course. That's a feat of engineering that I don't plan on attempting....yet.) 

So back to the plantain. I was definitely encouraged by just about everything I read on the internet. So, yeah, everyone on the internet was right. It's awesome and so flattering and just feels really good to wear. It skims without being tent-like. It's magic.  I loved reading Laurence's post on grading Deer and Doe patterns to fit her shape over at the Curvy Sewing Collective. Why should we limit ourselves when all it takes is a little thinking and a bit of math? But, ugh, math...Kidding! As a challenge to myself, I've ordered the Bruyere and will use that as an opportunity to learn how to grade a pattern. What's the worst that can happen?

A few notes for future plantains before I forget:
  • The fabric is a very lightweight sweater knit. I bought it at Fabric Outlet in the Mission (they're having a 40% off sale, btw, until Oct 14th). Fabric Outlet is awesome for selection and super friendly staff, but the bolts don't have ANY information on content. You just have to make an educated guess. My guess is rayon, poly, and spandex. Used 1 yard @ 7.99 per yard X 40% off. So this is one of the few times that sewing is actually cheaper!
  • This is a really great pattern for a slinky, luxe-feeling, fabric to make a great layering tee. That's definitely my plan.
  • No FBA. I went by my high bust measurement based on a blog post by Sewnhenge.
  • I used fusible bias tape for hemming the bottom and sleeves. Not only did it do a good job stabilizing the fabric, but it acted as a built-in measuring guide for turning up the hem evenly. 
  • I'd like to start using the fusible to reinforce my shoulder seams when working with these drapey knits. I wish I had for this one because I can tell it's going to get a lot of wear. 
Okay, that's all. Thank you so much for checking out my make. Have a fantastic week!

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