TNT Month Instagram Round-up: November 7th to 13th

Hi Sewcialists!

Welcome to the second weekly round-up of patterns for this quarter’s TNT theme. I’m Claire from Belle Citadel, (@belle_citadel) and it’s been my pleasure to gather the plethora of fabulous projects that have been posted on Instagram this week under the hashtag #sewcialistsTNT. There are so many, in fact, that we’ve divided them into groups by theme to try and keep them under control, heh.

If we missed you, it might be because you have a private account or we just accidentally missed it, so please leave a link to your IG picture or blog post in the comments! Without further ado, let’s get stuck in!

Blog posts

We had some smashing TNT blog posts during the week. First up was Hannah Swain from Stockholm, who showed us her love for the EYMM Capsule skirt – a great staple!

Next came a love letter to the Named Helmi pattern from @ellegeemakes. She’s made some wonderful variations – it’s definitely worth checking this blog post out!

The final feature blog post this week was from Sue at @acolourfulcanvas, who offered some really interesting seeds for thought regarding what a TNT pattern can do for your sewing.

Named Clothing

There were some pattern companies that came up numerous times this week. As well as the Helmi pattern that was featured in the blog post, several other designs from Named proved to have that TNT appeal. @whatkatiesews showed us her latest pair of stylish Ninni culottes in a beautiful black crinkle rayon.

@irinacondor can’t get enough of the Inari top. This tropical palm version is stunning and sure to brighten up anyone’s dark winter day.

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It's cold and gloomy in Cluj this morning, but I have sunshine on my mind with this #throwback to summer sewing. November is TNT (Tried'n'True) month at the @sewcialists and it doesn't get more TNT for me than the Inari by @namedclothing . This tropical print tee is the first one I made, followed quickly by two more and all of them are in heavy rotation layered with cardigans and jackets. Can't wait for next summer to give the dress version a go. #sewcialiststnt #inaritee . . . . #isew #sewcialists #handmadewardrobe #millennialsewing #viataincluj #croitorie #clujsews #romaniasews #inariteedress #namedclothing #crafted #diy #memadeeveryday #fashionsewing #ootd #indiepatterns #lovesewing #makersgonnamake #tropicalprint #fashionrevolution

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The Saunio cardigan seems to be a surprise hit for many sewists, including @pfont, who whipped up this cheery red version. Looks cosy!

True Bias

The True Bias Ogden cami is a summer favourite and great for stashbusting. Wis from @wis_g took things a step further and created it in three different lengths! I can’t pick a favourite… how about you?

More Ogden cami love from @pinsandpinot who posted five (!) gorgeous examples of this versatile pattern. Not only that, she has more in her closet and fabric for another few versions stashed away. Here are just a couple of her posts:


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Who loves the #ogdencami ? I think it was one of the most popular patterns this summer, and it's easy to see why! @pinsandpinot looks fab in hers! #Repost @pinsandpinot (@get_repost) ・・・ I’m loving the current @sewcialists challenge – tried & true patterns! I don’t think anything fits this topic for me better than the Ogden Cami. This one in a basic eggshell is my go-to layering piece, but I have at least 6 more in my closet in various solids & prints, as well as one cut out in my sewing table, and fabric for at least 5 more that I have planned next! What is your favorite TNT pattern??⠀ •⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀ skirt: handmade by me 🙋🏼⠀⠀⠀ pattern: pleated midi skirt ⠀ fabric: plaid cotton from Joann⠀ cami: handmade by me 🙋🏼⠀⠀⠀ pattern: True Bias – Ogden cami⠀ fabric: sand washed satin from Joann⠀ 📷: @seed_visual ⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀ #sewcialistsTNT #autumnfashion #isew #memade #sewersofinstagram #sewcialists #handmade #diyfashion #dressmaker #handmadewithjoann #imademyclothes #sewing #handmadewardrobe #fallfashion #makersgonnamake #makethingsnotwar #ootd #handmadeootd #pleats #midiskirt #ogdencami #autumnplaid #plaid

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At first glance I thought @etaudette had a fluffy moccasin TNT pattern (!), but the True Bias Hudson pant makes a lot more sense. Five pairs in, she’s leading the secret pyjama revolution this week.

Meanwhile, @heatherhandmade weighs in on the real pyjama revolution by using the Hudson pant, plus the Grainline Linden to make the cosiest-looking actual pyjamas. Two pairs in, it’s a confirmed TNT combo!

Grainline Studios

A popular choice for indie TNTs, we’ve already seen a Grainline Linden or two, and @timetosew adds her very cute polka dot version to the impressive tally for this pattern.

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#bpsewvember “when I’m not sewing” I’m the one with a million hobbies. On nice Sunday mornings we stroll around the flower market on the next street and dream about buying a house where Mr Baby and I can garden properly! . Sewing is the one thing that stuck although that also ebbs and flows. In past lives I have loved all sorts of random things from scuba diving, snooker (was it you @songofthesewingmachine that was also into Ronnie O’Sullivan?!) piano teaching, as well as travelling, hiking, analogue photography. . Wearing: my #sewcialistsTNT #lindensweatshirt from @grainlinestudio. Fabric unknown French terry from a few years back but I think I spotted it @guthrieghani the other weekend. . #sewing #sewcialists #isew #grainlinelinden #london #autumn #handmade #handmadewardrobe #columbiaroadflowermarket #eastlondon #fabricaddict #imadethis #sundayfunday

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This is what I call a TNT plan! @sewmuchstuff has her fabric lined up for four versions of the Lark tee. Those fabrics look dreamy together – we can’t wait to see the finished haul.

The Willow tank is another great summer staple and @ecmitts has sewn up a chic and classic black version. Bet that goes with everything!


@maze.handmade is going the impressive route of trying to perfect her TNT pattern from which she can draft other garments. Based on a Simplicity 1940s vintage series pattern, it looks great so far!!

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I am working on my TNT pattern in hopes to make a few tops and dresses using this pattern as a base. 😁 I have to say that I don’t sew fast, and when I do I am usually tempted by new patterns each time. So the result is that every item in my closet, though loved and worn to death, can stand some minor improvements in terms of fit. So this time I am trying to approach it differently. This is my second muslin, after I did some forward shoulder adjustment, graded between sizes, changed the hemline and scooped the neckline (I think I stretched the neckline when I was attaching the facings, oops). 🤔 I also drafted a sleeve that can be added to this dropped shoulder design and made a few sketches of different design features I want to try based on this #tntpattern. This process is a little different for me, but I kind of like it. 😁 . . __________________________ #sewing #isew #ilovesewing #imakeclothes #dressmaking #sewcialists #plussizesewing #curvysewing #sewcialiststnt

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@redwsews knows what she likes, and it’s the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top. Look at all the amazing versions she’s made. Gorgeous!

These Simplicity 1366 tops are absolutely adorable. We love the colour selection from @kkcrafttime.

@Tessa.no13 wins the TNT prize for consistency! Full of wardrobe-building Grainline Scouts and Tessuti Mandy Boat tees, this line-up is lustworthy.

A boy’s TNT is a valuable thing and these Titchy Threads’ Safari raglans are adorable. Love the fabric contrasts, @afabricstory!

@weboughtamanor shows off the beauty of the TNT tee to perfection. It should be perfect by now – she’s made 16 Cashmerette Concords! Impressive stuff.

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16 @cashmerette Concord Tees and counting – @weboughtamanor is my kind of lady! 💖💖💖#Repost @weboughtamanor (@get_repost) ・・・ #bpsewvember Every day I put on a handmade twinset and a full face of make-up, because fancy is how I roll. Kidding! But today I couldn't help myself. This morning, I finished sewing on the buttons to my new #lisboncardigan, made with two complementary #wooljersey blends that I picked up at @moodfabrics on my last trip to LA. I've paired it with a new #concordtshirt (number 16, if I've counted correctly, definitely a #sewcialiststnt) made from the same fabric. This is my first try mixing fabrics on a pattern that is not intentionally intended that way, and I think I like it! #sewcialists #memade #handmadewardrobe

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@hazel_g3797 has just started her sewing journey and reckons she’s found a great TNT contender already. We agree – your Simplicity top looks fabulous.

The Seamwork Astoria top is a fast make, but two in one weekend means it must be love! @mrs.f_72 made some adjustments for her perfect version and look at the result. Stunning!


A washing line of Colette Negroni shirts to be proud of! @sewbeckyjo shows us why this pattern has become such a TNT shirt for many men.

Siobhan from @chronicallysiobhan shows us four different and equally stunning garments made from her fave Burda silk blouse pattern. Check out her blog for more info on these variations!

Ah, the allure of the already-perfected TNT. In @lindsayjaneane’s case, the Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse, which she has made two of, with more to come. I can’t say I blame her – it looks gorgeous!


@agirlcalledboz showed off a couple of TNT examples of the popular Colette Moneta dress and free Deer & Doe Plantain tee. Great fabrics and… CATS!

@theculbears found her perfect TNT with this stunning version of the Closet Case Patterns Charlie Caftan, released back in June.

What a gorgeous version of Deer & Doe’s Arum dress from @sew_genevieve down in Cape Town. That fabric is beautiful!

Speaking of adorable fabric, take a gander at these Tilly Francoise dresses from @sarahcsewing. She’s made several versions and no wonder…

@ellenmargareta fell for the Dottie Angel Frock and has made seven lovely versions so far. You can really see the versatility of the pattern in her line-up photo below.

@tatsdent has taken us along her IG journey in her TNT quest to perfect the Cashmerette Upton dress. Four muslins in and she might have cracked it – we’re so happy and looking forward to seeing the final version!

McCalls 7542 has the “it” factor for @byluciagrace, who’s sewn up a host of beautiful versions. Such a versatile pattern.

Five dresses in four years sounds like a solid TNT pattern, and this pic shows just one beautiful version of Simplicity K2444 from @hazzmorewool. Great fabric!

Rounding out the dresses section are just three gorgeous examples of a 12-dress collection! @ditaso_fashion_by_tanja adores the New Look 6223 dress pattern and we can see why.


Andrew from @bustersew has made several pairs of these trousers from his fave “Men’s Clothing for All Seasons” pattern book. These look incredibly dapper and are definitely winners in our book!

@acraftyscrivener showed us the fabric she’s planning to use for her TNTs – the Jalie Eleonore pants and Tunic Bible top. Loving the foliage, plus a really interesting titbit about the origin of her surname.

A stunning poppy-filled Simplicity 2541 skirt from @teaduststitches shows how using different fabrics can change up any TNT pattern. Love your IG handle too!


Check out this to-die-for Boylston Bra from @ahandstitchedlife. One day I hope to make TNT underwear as beautiful as this…

Whew! So that’s the mammoth round-up for this week. Great stuff and we have a feeling there’s lots more to come before the end of November! Happy sewing…