November is TNT Month over at the Sewcialists blog, so I thought I’d do a round up of my favourite tried and true patterns.
First up is Simplicity 1419, the Lisette Round Trip dress. I’ve made this a couple of times for friends: above you can see a sleeveless dress in a vintage sheet and the sleeved variation in a fabulous Wonder Woman cotton from Spotlight. (I might have used a different sleeve to the pattern here, I can’t quite remember.)
I’ve also made a Marimekko-style dress for myself from a vintage sheet, and an unblogged but much loved version in Alexander Henry “Back in the Saddle” fabric (below). For all dresses but the Alexander Henry I switched out the pattern skirt for a plain rectangular gathered skirt with pockets (the pattern skirt is lovely, BTW, I just couldn’t be assed with the pleats).
Sadly, I rarely wear pretty frocks anymore, in favour of a much more practical wardrobe. The next pattern certainly fits that bill: Grainline Studio’s free Hemlock Tee. I didn’t think it would suit my style when first released, but the fact that I’ve made four of them proved me wrong! The first three were one of my first blog posts, and I recently made another from an op shopped striped knit.
Each time I lengthened the sleeves and body, and used my own neckband piece instead of that provided with the pattern.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a pattern roundup without a feature from my beloved Burda. I’ve made Burda Silk Blouse 04/2011 #105 four times now, each in very different ways.
My first shirt (unblogged) was in a lovely spotted satin-back crepe, and I switched out the over-long split sleeve cuffs for a regular button cuff with continuous bound placket. The second is a summery, short sleeve shirt in a cotton/spandex poplin, and my most recent version is a long-sleeve shirt with narrow tower placket in a similar fabric. All fabrics are from The Remnant Warehouse.
I even used this pattern as a base for a shirtdress! Each time I made a number of fitting adjustments, so click through to each linked post if you’re interested.
What are your TNTs? Do you prefer to rely on patterns you know have worked in the past, or do you like trying something new?