Deer & Doe plantain tshirt
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Happy Easter everyone! I hope this finds you with chocolate smeared all over your faces. Instagram has been hopping with photos of egg hunts and mangled, half-devoured chocolate bunnies and I’ve been feeling incredibly nostalgic for the Easters of my youth. Nothing is more fun than looking for candy hidden by your parents all over the house. NOTHING. If anyone wants to come over and hide sweets for me to find, I’ll slip the key under the doormat.

Last year I started experimenting with t-shirt patterns. It’s funny how difficult a “basic” can be to find in a store, especially if you are as picky about cut as I am. I ended up drafting a pretty great t-shirt block that I really need to make more of, but was curious when I started seeing Deer & Doe Plantains popping up everywhere a few months ago. I liked the lines of it so decided to make a short sleeved version using a drapey rayon-cotton spandex I had in the stash.

Dear & Doe Plantain tshirt-5Deer & Doe plantain tshirt

The cut is pretty much perfect. I loooooove a scoop neck (as you are going to discover in the next week or so – the pattern is almost ready!) and the flare of this t-shirt is super flattering. The pattern calls for a stable knit but I actually really like it in something drapey. It’s soft and comfy and I’ve been wearing it at least once a week.

Deer & Doe plantain tshirt

It’s a great length too. Nothing worse than a t-shirt that rides up every time you move or raise your arms. Hoping to knock a few more of these out before the summer comes – it’s a great basic. And you can’t beat the price! I really love when pattern companies offer freebies – it’s a nice way to discover new designers. I have a scant yard of 4ply crepe de chine I’m hoping to use for a Grainline Scout, although I’m also mighty tempted by the Tiny Pocket Tank as well. Decisions, decisions.

Hoping to get back at you this week with a preview of the new pattern. We shot the photos this weekend (dating a photographer really has its benefits!) and I’m just waiting for some final comments from pattern testers before I release it into the wild. Really excited about this one – it’s a wardrobe staple I think you’ll be excited to make.

Now…. to go find some chocolate!


  • This looks PERFECT on you! The neckline is so flattering- you look great!

  • Ahhhh I am dying to see your pattern!!! 🙂

  • Karin –

    So simple this shirt, but it looks amazing on you. Great choice of fabric too, I love the look of the drape!

  • This looks so good, I think I’m going to have to give the Plantain a try. I hadn’t been won over til now but yours looks fab in that drapey fabric.

  • Perfect cut for sure! This looks awesom on you, Heather. Can’t wait for the pattern to be released. You worked so hard on it and now need to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

  • I love a charcoal grey tee – perfect with anything and I love this one! Can’t wait to see your pattern!

  • Why is the perfect T so hard to find? This one looks great!!!

    • It’s a question I’ve asked myself many times. It’s a slouch vs. fit factor that is hard to get right. This one is purrrrrfect.

  • It’s absolutely the perfect length! I love the neckline – not too low, not too high.

  • girl, that looks like an uber expensive designer tee. i’m sort of super mad at you.

  • looking good! i love slouchy soft tees.

  • Gorgeous! this is like the perfect drapey tee. That fabric looks so luxe 🙂

    • Good ol rayon jersey. Looks pricey, costs almost nothing.

  • sallieforrer

    YOU SOLD ME!!! I’m gonna make this one as soon as I get the chance – I’ve got two lengths of the perfect drapey jersey just waiting. Also, Nick totally hid an Easter basket for me to find on Sunday. It was So. Much. Fun!!! Nothing like opening up the linen closet to get fresh towels, only to find a pile of chocolate!!!

    • So jealz. I would eat teh shit out of a chocolate bunny right now.

  • Clarasmith2803

    Very gorgeous… I like it !! Thanks you for this web…

  • Nothing better than a stretch tee basic that makes you feel great. That marle grey is one of my favourite colours for just such a thing! Looks like you nailed the neckline binding thing… and you should totally wear those white jeans more often, because – and I’ll be blunt – your backside looks great in them 🙂

    • Hahaha thanks sweetheart! These are one of my few pairs of “good butt” jeans. Marle grey (is that whats it called? Learn something new every day!) is going to be a getting a lot of play in my closet this year.

  • I really love this simple outfit! If you don’t mind, may I ask you the details on those awesome jeans? They fit you absolutely perfectly and look like just like what I’ve be searching for to fit my curvy hips and thighs. Thanks!

    • They are perfect…. for a day. They really stretch out, unfortunately. I bought them at Simon’s (a Canadian department store) a few years ago. I think the are Mavi, which has always worked for my booty. Silvers & Seven are good for curvy girls, too.

  • Amy

    Slouchy tees are the best, aren’t they? Looks great on you. I haven’t tried this pattern but made a similar one from a heathery grey jersey a couple of years ago and it’s pretty much my staple with skinny jeans.

    • I just totally cleaned out like half my closet and need to make about 5 more of tehse. Because I have no clothes left.

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