The appeal of the new pattern grips me just as much as it does most of the rest of you. (I know who you are; I read your blogs!) But falling back on the tried and true patterns is kind of like settling in with a nice stew and fresh baked bread. You pretty much know what you're going to get.
This t-shirt pattern is a hand-drafted one and I've lost count how many times I've stitched it. I change the neckline and sleeve length from time to time, but like the general fit. One funny thing about making the same pattern over and over again is that you really really get a feel for how differently fabrics behave. I hope someday I'll be able to use this experience to better predict a fabric's behavior so I can make appropriate adjustments beforehand.
The 4 shirts (cut from 3 different fabrics) you see here are cut the same and fit differently.
1. The teal (with scoop neck) is a cotton jersey and has the best fit - a good compromise between fitted and relaxed
2. The short and long sleeve green versions are cotton jersey with lycra. I love this fabric generally speaking, but it has such good "recovery" that it actually feels tight.
3. The last one (below) is from a slinky cotton/poly is loosey goosey.
Seriously, I just realized all my new shirts are green! Huh.
The other TNT is the pants/shorts pattern from Ottobre 2-2002-40, which I've made multiple times in both shorts and capri pants.
I love the fit of the pants, but the funky pockets are more for aesthetics than for function. I finally gave them some new pockets. My hands are very happy.
Do you have any TNTs?