Today, it is my turn to share one of my TNT patterns : Deer and Doe’s Plantain.
This could be a controversial choice because Deer and Doe’s size chart is not very friendly for larger bodies. Their designs, however, are very flattering and could work very well if you dare going the grading road. I was very much in love with the patterns before the Plantain came out and I was completely paralysed at the idea of having to grad up 3 sizes around the bust, and 5 or six sizes around the hips/lower tummy area. Their free T-shirt was exactly what I needed to just try.
Last winter, I made my first ever version in time to enter their contest. I used a beautiful light blue cotton jersey, with lace leftovers for the elbow patches. I found it very comfortable and easy to whip up. It was also very flattering : it fits very closely to your body above the waist and loosens below the waist.
A couple of days later, I thought, what if I just prolonged the side seam lines to lengthen the pattern pieces enough to make a maxi-dress ? I had the perfect mustardy knit in my stash for that, and navy leftovers for the neck bias and elbow patches…
I have worn these two pieces a lot in winter and spring, and if I need a quick fix, I always feel attracted to this pattern because it works for my body shape, it is super easy, and does not take a lot of fabric. I made two other versions : a simple white T and a fancier one with a lovely panel-print knit.
TNT Pattern details Sizing: Deer and Doe Size Chart : Their larger size is 41 at the bust, 33 at the waist, and 43 at the hips.
What size did you make? The equivalent of their 46, graded up from 3 virtual sizes at the bust , 4 at the waist and 5 the hips/tummy.
What adjustments did you make ? As explained above, I graded up at the seams.
What bonus adjustments did you make ? I lengthened the front and back pieces, prolonging the side seams to create the maxi dress. I shortened the sleeves for the two summer versions.
Fabric and Notions required: Any knit would work, depending on how you want to adapt it. I would however recommend a thinner jersey to allow for a nice drape below the waist. I used less than 2 yards for the longer sleeve r (T-shirt), 3 yards for the maxi dress, and 1 yard for the short sleeves versions.
Curvy Rating (1-5): 4 The only reason why this is not a 5 is the sizing chart. If you try and grade it, it will work on most shapes. It flatters your bust and shoulders and hides your tummy and wobbly bits.