Hello Sewcialists! It’s Meg, of Cookin’ of Craftin’, coming at you with a round-up of some of the Sewcialists’ favorite TNT (tried ’n’ true) patterns!
In honor of TNT Month, we thought it might be valuable to pull together some of the patterns that Sewcialists have identified as TNTs. (Ok, fine, it includes several of my personal TNTs, too!) This is obviously not an exhaustive list, so it’s likely I missed yours… Let us know in the comments what your TNT patterns are!
One thing to keep in mind is that one person’s TNT might be another’s fitting or style nightmare. And a just because a pattern is a TNT doesn’t necessarily mean that the pattern fits rights out of the envelope (or printer, as it were), but rather it’s a pattern that fits nicely, whether it took work to get it there or not! As Chloe eloquently put it, “The TNT is a hard-earned shortcut to great fit.” Your TNT could even be a mash-up of multiple features from different patterns or a self-drafted block that fits you perfectly!
Hopefully you have at least one or two TNTs of your own in your sewing arsenal, or are on your way to finding/developing one. Having a well-fitting pattern that you can rely on is both useful and comforting. Knowing that you can always turn to that TNT in a moment of desperation, frustration, or blocked sewjo is a relief of sorts.
Personally, I find that my TNTs are typically basics: no frills patterns that look great in a variety of fabrics and that can be modified to suit different occasions. But that’s not necessarily the case! Some people’s TNT pattern might be a fancy party dress! It all comes down to what you like to sew and wear. In any case, here we go:
Kristy from Scientific Sewing was so enamored with the fit on her Springfield top that she cut and sewed 4 in one day, and cut out an additional 4 immediately after!
Jane of Handmade Jane has made at least 3 versions of the New Look 6217 top. She’s also made the pencil skirt from the same pattern several times. Talk about a winner of a pattern… two TNTs in one envelope?!
Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic has made so many stunning versions of her TNT t-shirt pattern, the Cashmerette Concord. She has hacked this pattern every which way: dresses, ruffles, statement sleeves, maxis, colorblocking!
Emily of Enjoyful Makes might have trouble deciding which of the Hey June pattern is her favorite, as they are all TNTs for her. But she’s particularly enamored of the Halifax Hoodie, which she has made and hacked several times!
Lara of Thornberry has made a truly epic number of Style Arc Elle pants in every color imaginable! These simple stretch pants are such a wardrobe workhorse that one can wear them with almost anything!
Manju of Sew Manju has made several fabulous pairs of the Jalie Eleonor pull-on jeans in a variety of fabrics ranging from stretch denim to stretch corduroy to stretch cotton twill, and has styled them like a boss with heels and knee-high boots.
Jenny of Cashmerette has made several versions of her TNT paneled skirt pattern, Butterick 5929, throughout her sewing career. Leather, stripes, plaids, novelty prints… it seems like this pattern works with any and all fabrics!
The Sewaholic Hollyburn is hand-down Meg (of Show and Tell Meg)’s TNT skirt pattern. When I picture her in my mind, she’s wearing one of her myriad Hollyburns and a hand knit cardigan or a handmade knit tee.
Over the years, Roisin at But it can’t be from Dolly Clackett. She gave me an Easter egg! has made countless versions of the Christine Haynes Emery dress in all the prints!
I knew I had made a lot of McCall’s 6044 buttondowns for my husband (tweaked to fit him just how he likes it), but it wasn’t until I pulled them all together for this post that I realized exactly how many… eight of them!
Sarah of Wanderstitch has made at least 8 versions of her TNT, the Vogue 8759 men’s shirt pattern, for her other half, choosing some truly outrageous (in the best way possible) prints for a unique and stylin’ look!
Marcy of Oonaballoona fame is known for her outrageously fun print dresses, but she’s also got a TNT mens pattern that she’s been using for years for her father and husband, the Colette Negroni shirt pattern.
Are you feeling inspired? Now go get sewing!