To TNT or not to TNT
That is the question.
In my last post, I mentioned my initial thought to use B5147, my TNT sheath dress, as the basis for my next project, the fuchsia and orange colorblock dress.
Since I started sewing I have been on a quest to find TNT’s for all my garments (sheath dress, shift dress, knit dress, pants, skirt, suit jacket, etc.). I have been successful for the sheath dress and the skirt so far. But when I thought about using B5147 for my colorblocked dress project, I have to admit I was little unmotivated to use it. Part of it was that I was unsure how to use it properly for the colorblocking. I was worried that my design lines would be disturbed by the darts on the front and back of the dress. That’s why I chose such a simple design originally. The changes in color don’t cross over any of the darts.
But when I started to think about other patterns for their built-in design lines, I became excited about using a new pattern, getting a different look, learning new techniques potentially. I’ve made the B5147 dress 4 times now. I know some would not call that a TNT yet, but I do. At the rate at which I sew (think a snail’s pace), 4 dresses from one pattern definitely constitutes a TNT.
What do you think? Do you get excited about new patterns or do you prefer your TNT’s and cutting them up to get different looks. In many ways, I still feel so new to sewing that I want to try different things all the time. It’s like the sewing equivalent of dating vs marriage. You don’t want to get married too early when you haven’t dated enough to know what you really want out of a relationship.
So, which are you? Are you the Match.com of sewing? Or the get married right out of high school kind of seamstress/seamster? Do you TNT?