The Plantain

Deer & Doe Plantain
Deer & Doe Plantain

I’d been meaning to make a whole bunch of Plantain tees for the girls since I downloaded the free pattern in the summer but it kept getting pushed down the make it pile in favour of more interesting stuff!  I did make one for myself – a sort of wearable toile.

I like the overall pattern, the shape is cool, with just enough flare on the lower edge – but…  I don’t like the neckline.  The scoop is just a little too low for me, makes me feel all exposed and uncomfortable.  Daughter No has a bought tee with a similar neckline so I thought I’d finally make one for her.

The fabric is a purple/burgundy jersey I got a fair bit of in the swap at the SewBrum meet.  It had belonged to Claire and was about 4 metres worth!  I used the remnants of a striped jersey bought at Guthrie & Ghani for another Day to Night Drape top for Daughter No1 for the elbow patches.  (The top is made, but I have no photos of her in it yet.)

Daughter No2 opted for the 3/4 sleeve and definitely wanted the elbow patches, thank you very much!  This is such a quick top to make, run up on the overlocker and needing the sewing machine only for applying the patches, hemming with a twin needle and top stitching the neck binding, it takes about an hour.  (Not counting cutting out)

plantain collage

I should have known to adjust the shoulders for her, but that’s the only necessary adjustment.  I still think the neckline is a little too low though.  Any thoughts on this? If you’ve made a Plantain (or two) how do you feel about the neckline?  Those elbow patches are also not quite on the elbow, they need to come down a few centimetres.


I love the colour of this jersey, and the weight.  This is the sort you want have unlimited access to, great drape and texture.  I have enough to make a few more tops, but I don’t want to waste anything so I’ll try to be certain before I cut!


It was a little nippy out when we took these photos on Saturday afternoon, I was so hoping to have the vintage jacket in the orange twill done as well, but I’d had too many interruptions.  It was finished by Sunday afternoon, but as luck would have it, too late for decent photographs.  That’s the one thing that’s annoying about winter, lack of sunshine!

I have a skirt pattern for the plaid from Pendle Stitches & made the toile today.  Daughter No2 picked 120 from Burdastyle Magazine 07/2012.  I toiled it today & apart from a minor adjustment at the hip and her desire for it to be 4cm shorter & pegged about 4cm narrower at the hem, it’s fine.  Tomorrow I’ll get the lining and make the skirt.  I still need to find the right pattern for the butterfly print satin, the blouse pattern I’d chosen was not approved….

Author: Anne W

I love fabric, and sewing. And I could do nothing else but sew, all day, every day, if I could!

11 thoughts on “The Plantain”

  1. It is quite low! One some versions I’ve used a wider neckband and done it a little tighter so the neck is higher… but in a drapey fabric, it was be an issue! 😉 Looks good on her tho!

    1. Oh lordy, as I hit send I thought “That sounded creepy!” I meant the top looks good, not that you daughter looks good in low cut tops! 😛

      1. LOL!! 🙂 Yeah, in a drapey fabric, like the viscose jersey I used, the neckline drops alarmingly thoughout the day!

  2. I don’t have too much of a problem with the neckline, but I did notice on my Plantain the elbow patches are too high. I love this pattern and need to make more! Your version is very cute. I like the striped patches! 😀

  3. I do like pattern but I also found the elbow patches high and neckline low. I am a busty lady and raised it an inch and felt better about it. She styled it well and I love the stripey elbow patch!

  4. It is low, but it suits her and is cool for a layered look. When I’ve had tops with necks that are too open, I like to wear a contrast cotton cami that shows – something like a navy/white stripe under a solid colour top.

    1. I was thinking that if I made more for me, and didn’t alter the neckline, that I’d add an insert, to look like I was wearing it layered. Daughter No2 is more likely to actually wear another garment under this, so maybe that’s the answer for this make. Thanks for reminding me! 🙂

  5. I think it looks great- im still a little frightened of sewing knits any advice for not stretching it?

    1. pins! 🙂 I try to keep the fabric on the table, not hanging, and I pin parallel to the seamline, about 5cm in, when overlocking. No way I want pins being chomped by the overlocker…

  6. The jersey looks delicious and the top is great in your daughter! I’ve made two of them, on the first the neckline was great but on the second which was from a different knit it seems to be moving downwards as the day goes by! I think with the fake layering it will look cool!

  7. I don’t think it’s too low. But of course you are right, it depends a lot on the fabric. I made one out of a stable cotton knit and it came out quite a lot higher than in a viscose. The elbow patches are too high in both version, though 😉

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