Sunday, April 6, 2008

12 TNT's, Part I

Lisa Laree over at Sew Random came up with a fun topic the other day:

You have to move for one year to a very small space that does not have access to retail or internet pattern sources. You have only room to take 12 TNT patterns with you. So, what patterns would you take to meet any wardrobe needs in the next year?

I agreed to play, so now I'm working on my list, a bit at a time. Right now, it's a little hard to come up with "true" TNTs due to weight loss. But here are some that have stood the test of time through "thick and thin", so to speak:

Simplicity 9570 (OOP) is their version of the famous Loes Hinse Swing Skirt:

I have made both of the flounced versions of this skirt numerous times so it's a keeper. You'll also notice that it has a nice little basic skirt (which I've not made yet). Very handy in limited quarters!

McCall's 2476 is a pattern that anyone who's been reading my blog will recognize. This pattern is the source of all those pj pants I've been making. A girl has to have loungewear, so it makes the cut.

The pattern also contains a robe and nightgown. Have to have those, too.

Kwik Sew 2565 (OOP) is my go-to t-shirt pattern, so it has to come along. I've made this many, many times. Some day, I'll make the mock turtleneck zip front version too.

Butterick 3133 is another staple. I've made that straight skirt many times. But look! There's also an A-line skirt and 2 styles of pants!

The Loes Hinse Tango Skirt is fast and easy to make, and very flattering. Not as much variation as some of the other patterns, but it's a nice pattern if you need something quickly for an occasion.

The Sewing Workshop's Sandra Betzina Skirt is a favorite faux wrap. The pattern specifies knits, but I've made it in wovens and it still looks good!

OK, this takes me through the first 6 of the pattern collection. I think I need some more pants and tops unless Lisa's scenario includes the option of bringing clothes or buying RTW. Like I said, I'm a little limited on true TNT's at this point, so don't be surprised if the next list on this topic includes "future" TNTs!!

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