Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Making Use of My TNTs

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.

Funky pockets

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.

New pockets

Do you have any TNTs?


  1. I can see why the tshirt and pants patterns are TNTs, they fit so well. I'm slowly building up my TNTs too. So far it's been the sorbetto and a pair of shorts. It's great to have a TNT to tweak and end up with something you know will fit.

  2. Having a tried and true Tshirt pattern is indispensable. You can never have too many great fitting Tshirts!

  3. I agree that sewing from a well fitting pattern is priceless... Every time you make something new there's fitting to do... I have a burda cowl neck pattern I love, then one from jocole and my favorite skirt by Paco Peralta... Need to find trousers! Love yours!

  4. I don't have many TNT's yet - a woven scoop neck T-shirt, a couple of peasant style tops and an a-line skirt, but I would love to have a long sleeved jersey T to add to the list for autumn. I have a couple of patterns for starting off. I guess it's something you build up slowly over time and I have only been sewing garments seriously (I.e. For every day clothing not for the odd fun piece) for nine months. Trousers will be my next big challenge but I am very nervous about fitting them. For my first pair I am going make a shape that has quite a lot of ease. Yours look like they came from a shop!

  5. Your pants look perfect! I haven't made basic tees yet, although that would be so useful!

  6. I don't have any TNT's for myself but plenty for the kids. I do think that Ottobre shorts pattern could be one for me...with a few minor adjustments to it. (namely those front pockets! but also I'd like a lower and wider waistband) I wear the pair I made last year quite a bit.

    I love what you did with pockets on the shorts!

  7. I want TNT patterns like that. I'm doing a remake month on my blog do you mind if I post a link to your post over there?

  8. I agree with you, that sewing TNTs is like comfort food, and having TNTsnfor trousers and tee shirts must be the wisest investment of your fit perfecting time. Oh how awful a process it is to get the perfect fit in trousers, why go through it if you can avoid it. I don't have TNT for trousers really, but tee shirts, yes. So simple, so predictable. What a good t shirt make should be!!

  9. appeal of the new pattern? what? lol. raises hand sheepishly as face turns red. yep, that's me. There are just too many to try!!

    I think you have a great TNT here. The top color is one of my favorites. These all look great and super comfy - big plus! I can see why it is a favorite of yours.

    The pockets on the shorts are MUCH better! They remind me of the Jalie 3243 ones ;-)


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