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Plantain Top

Deer and Doe

T-shirt fitted at the shoulders and flaring at the hips, with elbow patches. Short, long and 3/4 sleeves included in the pattern.

The dowload contains a full size pattern ready to print, and a detailed instruction booklet. This pattern is fully bilingual (french/english).

  • Sizes: European sizes 34 to 46
  • Level: Beginner


  • Fabric: 1¾ yards of 60’’ wide fabric, or 2½ yards of 45’’wide fabric
  • A special ball point needle for knits for your sewing machine or serger
  • Optional: a twin needle to hem the t-shirt and the sleeves


To make this t-shirt, prefer a light and stable cotton or wool jersey (it needs to retain its original shape after being stretched). You’ll want jersey with a stretch percentage between 40% and 50% (see below). You can also choose fleece, using one size bigger than yours.

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Find out more about this sewing pattern from Deer and Doe here.

Additional information


Jersey / Knits / Scuba


6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

Half a day

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  1. karinkay

    5 out of 5 Plantain top


    This was the first project I did on my brand-new serger: creating a Plantain tee! Deer and Doe have generously made it available for free.

    I made the first one from a navy viscose jersey with long sleeves, but I didn’t use the elbow patch as I didn’t like it. It was super-easy to make and I love how much more efficient my new overlocker made it. You can definitely make it on a regular sewing machine too, though. I really love the fit of it.

    I used a thicker jersey for the second one. I didn’t have enough of this grey fabric so I couldn’t make the sleeves any longer. However, I do really like a 1/2 sleeve. Unfortunately this fabric was a little less stretchy so I had some problems with the neck band. In the end, I got that fixed though by adding a little black strip of fabric. I also added some of this black fabric to the sleeves.

    More images and info can be found on my blog My new overlocker & the plantain tee:

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    I’ve sewn the Plantain twice, once in very drapey charcoal jersey and once in cream and grey striped merino wool jersey. It is a very quick sew, probably an hour of active sewing using my serger after the printing/taping/tracing was done. The pattern fits my hourglass -> slightly pear shape very well. I sewed a 40 for the bust and waist, graded to a 42/44 for the hips. I probably could get away with 42 at the hips for a straight line, but the little bit of extra ease gives a slightly swingy look that is also nice. I use this as my TNT t-shirt as the shape fits me much better than others I’ve tried, and I plan to make more in short, long and bracelet length sleeves, and to play with the neckline and maybe adding pleats, gathers or folds.

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  3. Plaintain Top


    This is a great pattern. It’s beginner friendly and the instructions are great for those who are new to sewing with knits with plenty of tips and tricks to help you on the way. I’ve made two now – but they are worn a lot and I see this as my go-to pattern when I need some simple tees.

    For both versions I cut a size 38 and graded out to a size 40 at the waist and hips and it fits really well. For the second one (green) I decided to raise the neckline slightly and I find this sits much better on me. This one I also decided to do a cross-over hack for the back which adds a bit of interest but left off the elbow patches with 3/4 length sleeves.

    Because it’s such a simple pattern it’s a great starting point for adding a bit of creativity plus it’s free!

    I have more details on the blog about the cross over hack plus with my first version I share my favourite tips for sewing with knits.

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  4. Plaintain Top


    I made this to fill a gap in my wardrobe for a long sleeved black tee. I used 100% NZ merino. Made in June 2014. I didn’t have enough fabric so you will see there is a join under the bust and I top stitched it to make it look like it belonged! I also took about 1″ off each lower side seam so it didn’t flare out over my hips and I shortened it so it finished mid-tummy which I thought was more flattering to me. I added cuffs to the sleeves.

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  5. Plaintain Top


    I love this t-shirt pattern. The looser fit over the waist and hips works great for me. In these photos I used a cotton/elastane knit for the short sleeved version, and viscose/elastane knits for the two longer sleeves. I find a viscose knit drapes better and looks more flattering with the slightly looser shape of this design.
    I started with the size 36 pattern at the shoulders and neckline, made a small FBA and graded to a size 40 at the waist and hips (my usual alterations based on my measurements). Instead of making a small side dart at the bust, I just ease the extra fabric into the seamline by stretching the back side seam above the notch and to the armhole.
    I have made this pattern about 6 or 7 times now. I find it goes together easily and quickly. It is definitely my go-to t-shirt!

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