There are few things in the sewing world that feel as good as finding a tried and tested pattern. Ok, maybe I’m being dramatic, but isn’t it amazing when you realize that you’ve made a pattern several times and that it just works? Well, it is for me. I’ve come across a few so I thought I would share them with you.

I have a pretty basic style and my closet consists of t-shirts, tank tops, shirts, turtlenecks and pleated pants (to be honest just by listing these 5 items of clothing I feel complete). So obviously my list of TNT patterns contains exactly these types of garments.


Available from sizes 34 to 56

“Bigger is better! The Tyra Tee is a structured boxy t-shirt with an intentionally oversized fit, dropped shoulders, and subtle waist shaping for a cool, relaxed look. The neckline is finished with ribbing.”

The Tyra tee is my perfect t-shirt. Works so well styled with high waisted pants which is a must for me. It’s also such an easy and quick make. You can make it in black or white for that basic look and also make it with contrasting ribbing or sleeves for something more fun.


Available from Sizes XS/34 to 3XL/46

This turtleneck bodysuit pattern was actually the second pattern I’ve ever bought and I obviously didn’t regret it! I’ve never actually made it as a bodysuit, I cut it to work just as a good old turtleneck and I love it.
It’s easy to make and a great basic. I’ve made quite a few versions and I’ve even made a swimsuit with it!

Trousers 121 – Burda Style 09/20

Available from sizes 34 to 44

This was the first trousers pattern I fell in love with. I only have a little problem with it… it has fake back pockets. I was super excited when I first saw the design because I thought I was going to learn how to make welt pockets, turns out, they were a lie.
The original pattern is actually for a cargo style but I omit the side pockets and the back pockets because I like to keep the fake out of my life.


Available from sizes 34 to 56

“Tailor up! The Tatjana Trousers have a flattering high rise, soft pleats, a straight leg, and a floor-grazing length. The front features 2 flat pleats on each side, slant pockets, a fly. On the back, there are 4 darts to provide shaping. The buttoned single welt pockets are functional and also provide visual interest. The waistband has belt loops, and an extension closed with an internal button and hooks and bars.”

Now these… these have actual welt pockets and the instructions are amazing. I love the fit, love how high waisted they are, how high end they look. They’re overall the best. Can’t wait to make more!


Available from sizes 0 to 16

Oh man, this is just the best basic. I absolutely love the thick binding, it’s the best detail in my opinion.

This pattern is actually available for free if you sign up for Paradise Patterns’ mailing list so there’s no reason for you not to try it.


Available from sizes 34 to 52

This is my favorite shirt pattern. Love the lapel collar and the loose fit is so classy.
The downside to this is the pattern is available only in Russian so if you don’t understand the language you’ll need to follow just the photos. The first time I made it I had a bit of a hard time with the collar construction but I’ve understood how to do it since then.

The original pattern is for a long sleeve but I always end up making short ones.

Any suggestions on patterns I should try? Would love to know what your TNT patterns are 🖤


  1. Nathalie Metselaar says:

    these are all so cute! i actively started sewing only a couple months ago, so i don’t have many, but my one tnt pattern is pants pattern #228 from Lutterloh supplement 319 (november 2020). The supplement comes with 40 (!!!) patterns for €15. Technically you need a special measuring tape to draw the patterns to your size using the miniature patterns, but I found that I can go with a regular measuring tape as well (the lutterloh one is specific to their basic set which is quite expensive). The pants have such a flattering fit to me and i like to vary with the depth of the pleats in them! 🙂

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