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Completed Project: The Deer and Doe Plantain

March 14, 2014

Whaddup!  Ages ago there was a flurry of sewists all making the Deer and Doe Plantain, and it eventually came to my attention that this was a free pattern, and the style of tshirt that I like.

Deer and Doe Plantain

Deer and Doe Plantain

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am a dresses gal.  I am rarely seen wearing anything other than a dress (unless we count pyjamas!).  So what business do I have making a tshirt, you might ask?  Well, I thought it would be handy for making pyjama tops…but also for my new hobby…running!

Check out those elbow patches!

Check out those elbow patches!

I started running last July when a friend suggested it.  I thought she was mad.  My first reaction was ‘Oh my God you’ve gotta be kidding me I CAN NOT RUN!’.  I actually couldn’t run any more than about twenty metres without feeling like dying!  But I thought I’d give it a go, and with a sports bra and a pair of running shoes at the ready, we did our first ever run around the block.  It was 1.5km or thereabouts, and we had to stop and walk twice to get our breath back!



We kept at it and since then we’ve come a long way…literally (groan!).  We now run 5.4km three times per week, and we’ve started to extend our runs a bit more to build up to 10k.

Aaaanyway….running in winter meant I needed more long sleeve tops, so this is where the Plantain comes in!  It was a breeze to sew, and I will definitely be making more of them.  I think it fits me better than my Sewaholic Renfrew, too, so it’s going to be my go-to t-shirt pattern!  Hurrah!

And now for some more running-related sewing: I’ve been making headbands with built-in ear warmers!  That’s right, you heard it here first 🙂  My friend who I run with bought a £2 fleece headband with ear flaps, and I immediately wanted one for myself because headbands keep stray bits of hair out of my face whilst running and also: EAR FLAPS KEEP MY EARS WARM!  But rather than go and spend £2 on this wondrous creation, why not make my own?

I drafted the pattern on a piece of kitchen roll (well, three pieces as I’ve got a freakishly big head) by using a really in-depth method I learnt on my pattern cutting course (NOT!) – wrapping the kitchen roll around my head and drawing the shape of a headband with ear flaps on it!

Professional-looking pattern cutting :-/

Professional-looking pattern cutting :-/

I then evened this out and used it to cut some grey fleece from my scraps into the right shape, keeping the straight edge on the fold and simply serging the curved edge for a quick and dirty finish!  Simples!  Now get ready for some totes amazing photography…

The grey fleece headband.  Oh and me looking totally babelike.

The grey fleece headband. Oh and me looking totally babelike.

Then I made a pink leopard print one out of a hateful pair of Little Tweedie’s leggings which were destined for the charity shop.  I serged both edges of this one, in black because I was feeling lazy!

I like to call this my porno running headband.

I like to call this my porno running headband.

And then….oh yes, then… I MADE A HEADBAND WITH EAR FLAPS TO MATCH MY NEW PLANTAIN TSHIRT!!!!  Oh yes I did.  I am *that* cool.  Seriously.

Best photo of me EVER

Best photo of me EVER

For this one I stitched the right sides together and then turned it out so that the stitching doesn’t show on the outside, but I think I actually prefer the first two versions with their visible serging, to be honest.

So, there you have it: my new hobby and its co-ordinating wardrobe.  To be continued…

PS. I’ve been threatening my friend that I will make us co-ordinating headbands to wear with our initials appliqued on.  Preferably in a completely hideous print or colour.

PPS. I now need to make running bows for my trainers a la Scruffy Badger!

PPPS.  The stripy jersey was from a swap last year – thank you, mysterious donor!  It makes me think of Fruit Salad sweets (I’m sure that won’t mean much to our international readers!).

Going now bye.

  1. March 14, 2014 8:06 am

    I like the headband!! I’ve made myself one out of polar fleece too, but I think the tshirt weight is a great idea! And of course the plantain is gorgeous. Great fabric and having matching headband ? Fab!! Of course you need the running bows now….

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 14, 2014 9:35 am

      I really do. They’re on my to-do list!

  2. March 14, 2014 9:18 am

    Hahaha! I love the matching set! Madam says you look pretty in that photo… 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 14, 2014 9:36 am

      Aaaw, that’s nice! I certainly don’t *feel* pretty when running though! 🙂

  3. March 14, 2014 9:33 am

    Totally stealing this idea!!! I’ve a few headbands I use for running/ walking but they’re just strips of Jersey. Yours are much prettier!! Keep up the good work Louise, I’m still playing catch up with my running.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 14, 2014 9:37 am

      Thanks Maeve. Sounds to me as though you’ve still got all the motivation to keep it up, and that’s the most important thing!

  4. Carys permalink
    March 14, 2014 10:31 pm

    Witness the fitness xx

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 18, 2014 12:01 pm

      LOL! x

  5. bimbleandpimble permalink
    March 15, 2014 10:37 am

    Check you and your fierce fitness gear out! Best ear muffs ever!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 18, 2014 12:01 pm

      Hahaha. You always make me smile 🙂

  6. March 18, 2014 3:07 am

    Ear Muffs FTW!!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 18, 2014 12:01 pm

      You’re not wrong!

  7. anne carter permalink
    March 21, 2014 2:41 pm

    Impressed with your sewing but more impressed with the running!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 21, 2014 2:47 pm

      Thanks Anne!

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