Sunday, June 1, 2014

A pair of Plantains

I have joined the Deer and Doe Plantain party, a little later than many but very pleased!

First, this one in Australian-made 100% organic cotton jersey - a plain basic that I think I will wear rather a lot. When we were in New Zealand I survived on a very minimalist wardrobe, which was quite satisfying. I felt quite liberated and had a substantial wardrobe clearout when we got home. But I did realise I could use a few new long-sleeve tops for winter, to replace some old faves that had seen better days.

The Plantain is just what I needed, and seems to really suit my 'pear shape' with fitted sleeves and upper body, and ease over the hips so it won't do that annoying creepy thing where it all ends up bunched around my waist.

As the pattern suggested, I graded out from my size 42 bust to size 44 hips, although a straight 42 probably would have been fine. It was quite long on me so I made a deep hem.

On a high from the success of this one, I nabbed a bit of Birch 'Elk Grove' organic interlock from the shop, washed it and dried it by the fire overnight so I could launch straight into another one. And here it is!
I could perhaps have thought a bit more about the print placement on the neck band but, eh, who really cares? I'll wear a bit of strange chopped up deer (elk) body, no worries.

Here's me 'directing' Jasper as photographer:
(This was after a series of shots where he neglected to notice - okay so he's an 11 year old boy - that I had Visible Bra Strap.) Ah, the joys of blog photography... awkward at the best of times.

Aside from my denim Moss skirt that you see here, the other staple I wore to bits on our holiday was a a very plain A-line denim version of Stylish Dress Book Dress A, that you can vaguely see here:
(This is my Cate Blanchett as Galadriel in Lord of the Rings impersonation, in case that is not entirely obvious. She stood by this exact tree.)

Anyway this photo is pretty representative of my holiday 'uniform'. I love the layer-able shift dress, all year around. And being half-owner of a fabric store and all, and if the perks don't currently include drawing an actual wage, y'know, well surely I can make the most of the fabric at hand. So....
Brumby Frock! In the ridiculously simple Dress D from Stylish Dress Book 2, without the sleeves and with different pockets. In stunning eco-friendly, hand-printed fabric by Cloth, from Sydney. Great as-is and supremely layerific for cooler weather. Yay!

And let's round off this blog post with a bit of special stylin' by Clem, with his beloved Pillow, and back-to-front pyjama top.

- Jane xx


  1. You look a rather cross director! At least Jasper took at least one usable photo; I watched a video the other day of a professional photographer taking a series of photos with a very visible bra strap (which was edited out from the glossy photos that later appeared) so he's in good company.
    Your dresses look very easy to wear. Maybe I'll get my sewing machine out to make some summery dresses.

    1. Ah perhaps I just need to learn Photoshop! Jasper was also bouncing about like a mad thing trying to shoot kooky angles but mostly just managing to blur everything :)
      Yes I think you really should sew yourself some summery dresses - easy to wear style generally means quick to sew as well!

  2. I love seeing the clothes you make. I particularly like you're horse dress, it really suits you.

    My youngest was wearing his shirt backwards today - by choice.

  3. I love all the garmemts you've made! They're so wearable! And I really need a shirt covered elk. That's fantastic!

  4. I would have never noticed the neckline. I think it looks great! They all do. And like Carolyn said, wearable, too.

  5. The Plantain looks like a sewing pattern I need to make. It's super lovely in your mint Elk print fabric. I'm also coveting your horse print dress, wonderful fabric and dress D really makes the most of the print. Wow!

  6. Fabulous makes, of all the blogs I read, I'm always so inspired by your every day sewing, especially your shift dresses, I do love a good shift dress, I'm a fan of wearing them with jeans and in winter, tights (they cover my belly - love that). All these are great, but especially the shift dress in your ' Cate Blanchett as Galadriel' photo. Love Clem, so cute. Bethxx

  7. They all look awesome on you. I love the horse dress!


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