I’m been sewing like crazy for project sewn. To be honest, is been so hard to not share my WIP or talk about my ideas with you. Procrastination went to stratospheric proportions having me tiding my pins into categories, organising elastics by size, colour coding threads shades etc… That’s when I realised a break from ‘competition’ mode was needed: doctors orders, like they say! Since there are so many cute versions of the Plaintain Tee popping around the web and people raving how flattering this pattern is I jumped in the bandwagon and took a few hours off to sew it today.
It was a delight. The pattern is simple, well drafted and looks amazing on. The hard job was to go and take some pictures in freezing temperatures, raining and dark: typical Uk day! Seriously, sewing is always the easy part for me. Getting stuff documented takes times I wait for a better light however the challenge deadline is the end of the month lowering my pictures standards. Made & photographed 5 mins after.
Pattern can be downloaded free.
Fabric was a very stable tee jersey. Maybe I needed something with a little more give for the next one. I like how fitted it looks and I can move around.
Size:38 without changes.
For the challenge: Added contrasting cuffs and a appliqué elbow patch. At first I was adding valentine’s hearts on my elbow patch until I saw Anna’s version.
Beautiful, but I needed to make it a bit different. Playing with the brandI came up with the idea of adding a deer and a doe! I love it!!!!!
How to make a suede and leatherette deer & doe appliqué elbow patch:
Create your elbow patch by either using the pattern template or buy a pre cut one. Mine is from prym and is a suede imitation. Those pre cut ones are very hand as they fuse in place before sewing, making it very easy to sew in place.
After deciding your design, trace them to freeze paper. It will be set with the iron on the fabric, making so easy to cut your design. Remember you must trace a mirror image of your design, since you are ‘glueing”on the back of the fabric.
Cut with scissors or a craft knife.
The deer and doe heads were cut out of leatherette. Place the design in place and sew around. Because the leatherette shows pins holes, if you need more security you can use sellotape to hold in place. I just went for it.
You can trace exactly or roughly as long you keep the design integrity. Once you sewn both you are ready to attach the elbow patch to your sleeve.
With the hot iron set the elbow patch in place. The glue will just baste secure but you still need to sew in place. If you made your own elbow patch base, pin in place and sew.
Finish your tee!
Finish your tee!
* updated, I added a rib band as I wanted to add a little more lengthen.