Deer & Doe Plantain Tee in our Art Gallery Fabrics Jersey

Posted by Laura Wilson on

It turns out that when you have school-age kids, you get major back to school vibes in September.  Ever the practical thinker, for me this manifested as a realisation that I need more casual, long sleeved tops that I don’t have to iron.     

 Art Gallery Fabrics Gran Piano Jersey in black, made up as a Deer and Doe Plantain Tee

I’ve been looking for a basic T-shirt pattern that will become my T&T (Tried & Tested) for casual tops.  The Plantain tee is a free pattern from Deer & Doe and I liked the look of the scoop neckline and loose fit.  For my first crack at it, I chose a lovely jersey by Art Gallery Fabrics – black stripes punctuated by little triangles on a cream base colour.  I had high expectations for this fabric – soft pima cotton with enough elastane to keep it comfy and bouncing back.  The high thread count makes it completely opaque so even the darkest underwear will not show through – I count that as a win every time I put it on.


The pattern was an easy sew and the fabric handled well.  I did struggle with the stripe matching – when the stripes are so skinny and close together, it’s hard to keep track of them in the cutting out.  I also had to do a bit of unpicking on the neckline and I was relieved to see that the fabric held up to this.

 Twin needled hem of a plantain tee

All in all, I’m really pleased with this top.  It’s being worn and washed almost weekly and it’s still looking great.  

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