Liberty Plantain

I made this aaaaages ago (like, 11 months ago) and have worn it a lot – it has remained unblogged til now for no apparent reason. It only needs a quick post!

I bought this gorgeous Liberty jersey for ¬£8/m in Oxford Gloucester Green market back in the summer of 2015. (Unfortunately I’ve heard that the “Liberty man” hasn’t been there for ages! I hope he hasn’t disappeared altogether!) It sat for several months before I eventually cut it into a plain and simple Deer & Doe Plantain top. [By the way, it’s a free pattern!] I had 1m of the fabric and managed to get the short-sleeved top out of it no problem. Bargain!

liberty plantain

I’ve made one other Plantain and really like the fit and style – so easy to wear, and not too low on the neck. So it was an easy sew for me.

However there was one difference – I made this with my overlocker; the first garment I sewed on it (besides finishing seams only). It was so fast! Fast forward 11 months to now and I LOVE my overlocker. I’ve sewn so much on it. And it’s even a breeze to thread! ūüėÄ

liberty plantain

I also used a twin needle to sew the hems and keep the seam allowance down around the neckline. So neat!

liberty plantain

Hmm, what else do I have in my stash for another Plantain… isn’t it great making the same pattern more than once? My least favourite part of dressmaking is probably tracing patterns so it’s nice to sew the same pattern when it’s all sorted fit-wise!

Hope you’re all well and getting ready for the big C. Including Stitching Santa if you’re involved like me! ūüėČ

Beth x

A Coordinating Outfit – Meringue & Plantain

Hmm, I’m not sure about Meringue and Plantain together in the context of food, but in this case, it works!

I’ll fill you in – this week I sewed a two-piece outfit consisting of¬†a skirt (named Meringue) and a top (named Plantain).

Colette Meringue Skirt

The inspiration for this achievement was from this week’s challenge at The Monthly Stitch. They are challenging us sewists to make 2 separate garments that can be worn together. Oh, and they have to be made using Indie patterns.

Right now, trousers – and certainly jeans – are a no-go for me. I’m very fussy on fit so I just can’t be bothered to try at the moment! I didn’t even consider making leggings; just straightaway knew I’d make a skirt.

Colette Meringue Skirt & Deer & Doe Plantain Top

The Skirt

I recently bought Colette’s sewing book,¬†and I chose to make the Meringue skirt after seeing a¬†nice one on another blog – I can’t remember who’s it was so please shout if it was yours!

Long story short, I LOVE the skirt. I can’t even express how much so.

Colette Meringue Skirt

I bought the fabric – a medium-weight cotton, almost denim-like –¬†in a bricks-and-mortar store, which is fairly unusual for me. I get really overwhelmed by the choice when fabric shopping, but managed to get some nice pieces on that visit. And I can see how beneficial it is to shop in a proper shop as opposed to online because you can feel the fabric. I love this fabric. It is quite simply perfect for this skirt in terms of weight, handling, and design. Even if I do say so myself.

I am sooo happy with the fit. The pattern’s sizing was bang on. My waist is 27″, hip 37″ so I cut a straight¬†4 and it fits perfectly.

I’m proud of the zip!

Colette Meringue Skirt

Talking of neat – I love the scallops. How pretty are they?!

Colette Meringue Skirt

This skirt¬†pattern gets a big thumbs up from me for many reasons, but the main one is the fact that it doesn’t need hemming. The scallops are finished with a facing, which is catchstitched in place. This gives such a neat finish.

Colette Meringue Skirt

Similarly, there is no waistband; just a facing. This is the only issue I have with the skirt – even with understitching, the facing tends to roll to the outside. So I will catchstitch it down like the hem facing, which should help.

Colette Meringue Skirt

The Top

I originally designed a different top to go with the skirt, however once it was made up it didn’t match as well as it did in my mind. I will share it with you soon, though!

So I had to think fast and make something with some fabric I have in my stash. So I made up the Deer & Doe Plantain Top with some black jersey. I had less than a metre of it but I managed to cut short sleeves.

This was my first time making this top – and it won’t be the last.¬†It was so straightforward, and I’m really happy with the fit.

If I’m honest, it is a bit baggy to be worn tucked into the skirt, but it’s not too baggy to be worn outside a skirt/trousers etc!

And the length is perfect for me – I am used to lengthening tops now but this is nice and long; just how I like it.

Deer & Doe Plantain Top

The only change I made to the pattern was that I added a strip of lace down the back. This is not purely aesthetic; I didn’t have enough fabric to cut the back piece on the fold so cut two pieces and sewed them up the middle with a tiny seam allowance. My knit-eating sewing machine didn’t enjoy that at all and made quite a pig’s ear out of it. So the lace covers up the seam and you’d never know!! Plus it looks pretty and ties in with the blue of the skirt – result!

Plantain Top

Now let’s take bets on if all my makes for Indie Pattern Month will be blue and white?!

Beth x

P.S. Thank you to all that voted for my stripy dress in the final of the dresses challenge – I’m¬†gutted that I didn’t win but the competition was tough!