This year’s Me Made May highlighted my lack of casual me-mades. I rarely struggled when getting dressed for work, but weekends in me-made were an immediate challenge. Since my move back south, casual clothing in general is an area of weakness in my closet. My skinny jean collection needs to be replaced with breezy skirts and shorts!
As I was trying to decide what pattern to start with, I received an email from Seamwork Magazine reminding me of the billions (okay, not quite that many) of Seamwork pattern credits sitting unused in my account. I decided to use a credit and downloaded the Laura skirt, a wrap skirt intended for woven fabrics. The pattern is very similar to Tilly and the Buttons’ Miette skirt which I’ve made twice and really like.
Laura Skirt by Seamwork Magazine
I used one Seamwork credit to download the skirt. I am given credits each month as part of my subscription. If you are not a subscriber, you can purchase the pattern as a PDF for $12.oo.
The grey linen I used for this skirt was purchased last summer at Joann’s. This fabric is still in stock at my local store, but I don’t see it online.
I intended to sew another Miette, but decided to use the linen for Laura instead. I probably paid $10-$15 a yard. My total materials cost was no more than $30.
I sewed a size 6 which is supposed to fit a 28 inch waist. It come out too big and I took about 1/2 inch off of both side seams. My waist measurement is definitely 28 inches, so I suggest basting to check the fit before finishing your seams. I didn’t do this and it took forever to undo all my stitching in order to take in the sides.
The skirt is a simple sew with only a few pattern pieces. It wraps across the front and is tied shut in a bow on the side. In the front of the skirt, two pieces of fabric lap over one another ensuring that the skirt is fine to wear on a windy day. Nothing will show if the wind takes off with the edge of your skirt.
Three belt loops across the back of the skirt hold the tie in place. I felt the finished effect was very RTW.
Overall, the fit is fine. I do have a little bit of a fabric bump above my bum. If I make this pattern again, I would do a full bum adjustment to address this. If I make sure the skirt stays at my waist, (i.e. I don’t let it ride up) the bump is barely noticeable.
Plantain T-shirt by Deer and Doe
I’m wearing Laura with the Plantain T-shirt by Deer and Doe. This was my second casual make and is a new favorite pattern. I had a good experience sewing the newest dress pattern by Deer and Doe, the Myosotis Dress, and decided to give their free T-shirt pattern a try. It’s been popular on IG for years, so I am very late trying this one out.
Free! You can download it on the Deer and Doe website for free.
I used a black and white striped knit I leftover from another t-shirt project. It’s been in my stash for ages, so I don’t remember where I purchased it or how much it originally cost…
I sewed up a size 38 and made no adjustments.
So easy! I sew a lot with knits, so this pattern was a simple and fast. Nothing new to me here! I sewed most of it on my serger and finished hems and the neck binding on my regular machine with a stretch stitch.
The pattern also comes with 3/4 length and long sleeve options. There is even an elbow patch pattern piece if you’re into that look!
I couldn’t ask for a better fit. It’s snug without being too tight across the top and is a little loose around the stomach and hips. The neckline is perfect on me- open without being too low.
I LOVE the Plantain T-shirt and plan on making several more this summer. Unfortunately, the striped version here was only worn once. When I sewed it up, I wasn’t happy with my first attempt at the neckline binding and decided to resew it. This knit is delicate and in my unpicking I must have caught threads from the fabric along with my sewing thread. I didn’t notice any problems when I resewed the neckline and wore it; however, after washing it, there are several little holes in the fabric along the neckline where I pulled out the neckband. It’s a huge bummer, but I’ll re-purpose the fabric for a baby t-shirt or undies. Very soon, I will sew another Plantain to replace it.
While I like the final skirt and have worn it several times already, I probably won’t make another. The Miette fits me perfectly without any adjustments and is just as easy to sew. If I need another wrap skirt, I’ll probably sew that pattern instead.