Week of Tees: Plantain with floral details

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We’re at day two in the Week of Tees.

It’s the middle of winter here in Germany and right now the most important clothes in my wardrobe are long sleeved tees that can be layered under sweaters, shirts and dresses for extra warmth.

The main fabric for this shirt is a beautiful and soft organic cotton knit. I made pyjama shorts as a christmas present from it and had bought just a little more when placing the order so I could use some of this beautiful fabric for myself. It turned out I calculated the necessary amount quite well: After cutting out the shirt, I barely had any scraps left, let alone enough fabric for the neckband.

But if you know me, you know that I’m a sucker for sophisticated details on an otherwise simple design. So in order to make this tee not 100% boring (and to solve the neckband problem), I used scraps from shirt number three’s floral fabric to create elbow patches and a hidden neckband. Just the right amount of “cute” for me.

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Pattern:  Plantain T-Shirt by Deer and Doe (free pattern)
Size: 38
Fabric: organic interlock jersey in black, bought online at siebenblau.de
Alterations: – took in the sides for a more fitted look
– raised the neckline by 1-2 cm
– used a different method for applying the neckband
Make Again? Yes! In a more exciting fabric, though ;-)

The pattern is the Deer and Doe Plantain. The first time I made this shirt, it turned out a little too big, so this time I cut a smaller size and made some adjustments. The main fabric is an interlock jersey and didn’t work well with the loose cut of the pattern. So I took in the sides quite a bit for a more fitted shirt.

I love my new Plantain and already wore it non-stop last week. Also: floral elbow patches. How come I never had this idea before?

Shirt number three will be on the blog tomorrow. Then I’ll show you what I made from the rest of the floral fabric.

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