Minerva blogging network: Leopard print Plantain
What is it about elbow patches that’s so appealing? You can’t see them when you’re wearing them. They bring up memories of geography teachers. And they’re not very useful, unless you salute people for a living, or have another job where you frequently bend your arms at a sharp angle.
But somehow they still make a garment totally irresistible. They’re the main reason I sewed up the new Deer & Doe Plantain top for my latest Minerva project.
The fabric is a really nice thick double-knit, with thin stripes on the reverse. I turned up the cuffs to show the two sides:
Here’s the enhanced elbow patch close-up. You can see the major error I made with this top, which was to make it way too tight.
I should have sized up as this fabric isn’t very stretchy. It’s still wearable, but if I make it again with a thick knit I’ll reduce the seam allowance.
I finished the neckline with stretch lycra binding from Minerva Crafts which is my new favourite thing. This pattern has a very low neckline, it must be the French influence. I hoicked it up an inch when cutting out.
Here’s the front where you can see my standard ‘take the photo already’ face.
And that’s everything. Apart from one last thing – I miss blogging!
I’ve been so busy in January with a new job and various other New Year type things that I haven’t had a chance to write any posts.
I have tons of sewing projects to post about and lots of half-finished screeds in my head, but no time to get them out into the world. This sucks. Hopefully I’ll be back to a regular blogging schedule soon.
p.s. did you see the Great British Sewing Bee starts again in two weeks?? I am seriously, sadly excited about this.