Once you find a TNT pattern, it’s hard to go back… It’s like striking gold! The wonderful thing is that once you have a good basic pattern that’s already fitted, sewing a new one up in a fabulous new material is really easy. It’s particularly great when you find some amazing fabric but have no idea what to do with it.. just make it into a new skirt!
My skirt TNT is very clearly Simplicity 2343. It’s a simple somewhat fitted almost-pencil skirt, with front faced pockets and a kick pleat at the back and centre back invisible zipper. Nothing fancy, but it fits me SO WELL. I have a flat stomach in this! I lengthened the back darts a little, and I sometimes don’t sew the front little tucks, but apart from that I sew it up straight in the 22.
It’s out of print right now, but there are copies available on Amazon and Ebay.
TNT Pattern Details:
Sizing: Normal Big4 range (up to 22)
What size did you make? 22 (I am 47″ – 40″ – 48″)
What adjustments did you make?
- I lengthened the back darts (apparently my bum is a little… lower than drafted for!)
- I don’t sew the front pleats as I find they make the front poof out a bit – I don’t need any additional tummy poof… It also gives me a little more eating cake space
- I pegged (narrowed) the hem a little bit to give it more shape. Then, I made a hem facing (basically traced 2 inches up from the hem and made a new piece) to use to finish it, as you can’t double fold when a skirt is pegged!
Fabric and Notions required:Less than 2 yards of fabric – anything with a little body could work, or you can underline like I did with the silk faille version.
Curvy Rating (1-5): 5 – A very good option for those of us who veer towards the apple shape. Skims over the tummy, and highlights slinky hips! Worth tracking down.