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Date: 5/5/08 9:06 AM

I've made this "sheath" dress twice now, and it is SO comfortable and I have gotten compliments on both versions. I'm wondering, though, how many of these I can make before people are like "uh, isn't that the same dress just different fabric?" Same with shirts. I found an awesome pattern for a sleeveless knit shirt with V neck & ruching, I have one made & 4 others cut out (I love rotary cutters!) The fabrics are all very different, but still . . .

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Date: 5/5/08 9:26 AM

Even people who dress only in RTW wear the same pattern over and over again. I have six of one pair of pants from Burda and seven tops from KS 2900. What you can do is change up the neckline, cut it different lengths, change out the sleeves, add a seam detail, do some embellishment. Well you get the idea. No reason not to wear a great TNT pattern. Congratulations for those winning patterns.

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Date: 5/5/08 9:46 AM

My unwritten rule for myself:
Once I take the time to make a well-fitting muslin, hopefully wearable, and it looks nice on me, then I am going to make it at least twice. This sort of justifies the time, effort, and cost of the muslin.

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Date: 5/5/08 9:47 AM

I subscribe to the theory that "if it fits, buy it in every color". Or just about. AT various points in my life I have several pairs of shoes that differ only in color, same for casual knocking-around pants, t-shirts and cashmere sweaters. People have complimented me on the same pair of shoes in a different color wthout saying something like "they look a lot like your pink shoes".

It is a theory I've followed for clothing I have made for myself. FInd a TNT and go like gangbusters....

Just accessorize a bit differently or use a different fabirc and you're set.

Enjoy using your TNT dress.
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Date: 5/5/08 9:53 AM

Unless you are duplicating a garment that has very noticeable or trendy style, I doubt if any non sewer will know any difference.

Those who sew understand that once you find a pattern that works for you, you will use it again.

Accessories can change the look of, or sometimes distract from the garment.

Enjoy your garments.

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Date: 5/5/08 10:32 AM

I only use my tnt pattern for pants these days. I don't tuck shirts into pants, so who notices if the top, where most details are, are different? I do change the width of the pants and depending on the fabric, use different zipper placements. I have reused tops, but not as much.

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Date: 5/5/08 11:17 AM

If I make a pattern that fits, I try to get at least a couple of garments out of it. But I rarely make them exactly the same, unless it's a very classic style like a tailored shirt or slacks. I've made KS 2935, a men's camp shirt, at least a dozen times, here and here are some of them. It's a style that you could easily make the same every time, but I still try to do something different, even if it's just changing a single pleat in the center back to two pleats at the sides, or cutting a plaid pocket on the bias. For more distinctive styles, I try changing the sleeve length, the neckline shape, the length, adding (or removing) pockets and using multiple fabrics. There's a lot of simple things you can do to change the look.

Your ruched, v-neck tee sounds fairly distinctive, so you're probably at your limit unless you change it. Adding sleeves would certainly do the trick. Lengthening it to a dress is another option. Your sheath dress (is it this one - B5190?) sounds like a more basic style, so there's lots more you can do with it. You could turn it into a top or tunic just by shortening. If it's got a sleeve, change the length - short, elbow, 3/4 or long - or add a sleeve if it's sleeveless. Change the shape of the neckline - round, V, square - or make the binding or facing from a contrasting fabric and turn the facing to the outside. Add a belt or sash. Put some buttons down the front as trim, or some lace at the neck edge.

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Date: 5/5/08 11:25 AM

A friend has made the exact same skirt pattern at least 40 times! That's right, 4 - zero. Now that's over several decades but it is a style that suits her perfectly and looks wonderful on her, so why not? Otherwise, make a variation in the neckline or sleeve as others have suggested, add topstitching, whatever, just to change the look a little. TNT patterns are to be cherished and nurtured!

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Date: 5/5/08 11:35 AM

I can't find a link to the contest gallery pages, but there have been a couple 'one pattern many looks' contests. I entered one.
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If you do a search on the contest thread for 'one pattern' you can find the contest threads and they might give you some ideas.

But the general concept is yes, use that pattern again.

(I recently made a sheath dress into a top, also.)

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Date: 5/5/08 6:40 PM

A pattern can be used as many times ae YOU want to use it. Especially with a basic style. A t-shirt is a t-shirt, is a t-shirt. Same goes for a pencil skirt, basic slacks,or dresses. A different fabric will give a totally different look.
When I find a pattern I like and fits well I tend to use it over and over.
I just made a shorts & skirt set that I've made a few times(ok more than a few) since 1974 when the pattern came out. I might even enter it in the vintage sewing contest if I can get up the nerve to compete

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