Wardrobe staples: 12 t-shirts sewing patterns we love.

September 27, 2021
Wardrobe staples: 12 t-shirts sewing patterns we love.
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12 T-shirt sewing patterns


I love a good T-shirt, I basically live in them all summer and they are such a quick rewarding sew.

Plus, my T-shirts will never be too short again. (Thanks to an extra long upper body!)

It's a wardrobe staple that pretty much everyone needs, so here is a list of some of our favourite T-shirt sewing patterns so you can sew your own made-to-measure tops.

The look of each t-shirt can easily be changed by the fabric choice: cotton jersey for simple comfort or bamboo jersey for extra elegance (plus it's super soft).

For cooler weather sewing, these tops can easily be sewn with long sleeves and warmer fabrics like ponte or french terry.

Some of these can easily be turned into a dress as well.


1. Wardrobe Building T-Shirt // by Wardrobe by Me

Sizes: 0-24
90 different possible combinations - 90!! (This pattern sure lives up to its name.) Overwhelmed? Start with your current wardrobe - which t-shirt is your favourite? You know, the one you reach for time and time again, even if it is a bit scrappy now. Note the fit, features, neckline and sleeve lengths and then make a carbon copy with this pattern as your base. Once you've made your new favourite shirt feel free to riff off it with your next 8 to truly make this pattern a TNT! There's almost a matching number of jersey knits .
Purchase the pattern here


2. Inari Dress & Crop Tee // Named Patterns

Inari dress and crop tee
Sizes: UK 4-28 | US 0-24

Here's another pattern that is great as a dress or a top. The Inari dress and crop tee is an easy, loose-fitting wardrobe staple. The dress features crisp, turned-up T-shirt sleeves, and its neckline is finished with a facing. The side seams of the dress curve slightly towards the front and emphasize the beautiful, uneven hem and the side slits. The cropped tee can also be made with casual long sleeves and a sporty neckband. 
This dress would be beautiful in both a cotton and viscose jersey.
Purchase the pattern here.


3. Woman’s Woodley Tee (also available in men's) // by Thread Theory

Sizes: 0-18
A relaxed fit shirt, the perfect length for tucking in or leaving out? A sleeve that means I can reach the top shelf, or catch a child jumping out of a tree, that's roomy and yet not baggy? Yes please! This 'workhorse' shirt is a wardrobe staple and perfect for any of our cotton jersey.
Purchase the pattern here.


4. Merlo Field Tee // by Sew House Seven
Sizes: 0-20
Sporty, soft, drapey, goodness! Now all you have to do is pick only two beautiful bamboo knit colours - I don't envy you! 
Purchase the pattern here.


5. The Rio Ringer // by True Bias

Sizes: 0-18
Moving into fitted and retro - the Rio Ringer t-shirt and dress is your quintessential ice-cream eating dress! It's all in the contrast ribbing. White is traditional, but what's to stop you from playing loosie-goosy with the rules and mixing it up with a complementary or contrasting colour? Have fun matching ribbing with an abundance of jersey knits!
Purchase the pattern here.


6. Briar // by Megan Nielsen

Size: 0-20 (Curve sizes 14-30
Megan Nielsen has the classic 'beach babe' look nailed. Fitted yet loose. High/low hems and a splash of 'sas' with the patch pocket look. This shirt is a serious contender for any cotton jersey or perhaps the silky bamboo? The perfect amount of drape, with the perfect amount of chic!
Purchase the printed pattern here. Purchase the Curve PDF here.
7. Max Tee // Chalk & Notch Patterns
max tee sewing pattern chalk and notch
Sizes: 0-30
This is a very easy to sew t-shirt pattern.  The Max Tee is a boxy knit top with a muscle tee shoulder shape and a dropped armhole. There are two lengths: a cropped tee and a hip length with hem facings. The neckline includes three options: a neck facing, a rib neckband, and a mock neckband giving you lots of options.
This style is designed for a medium weight stretch knit with 25% - 50% stretch such as Cotton JerseyViscose Jersey, French Terry or Ponte
Purchase the pattern here.


8. Panama Tee Dress // by Alina Sewing and Design Co.

The panama tee dress by Alina

Sizes: 0-18

This pattern also gives you the option to simply sew a T-shirt or go all the way and sew the comfiest T-shirt dress. We love it in these stripes, it's such a timeless piece. This pattern is perfect for our striped jerseys.

Purchase the pattern here


9. Ceder Dollman Top // by Cashmerette

Sizes: 12-32 (up to G cup)

A flattering staple tee with a twist! (Quite literally - there's a sweet front knotted option.) What I really like about Cashmerette patterns is that although the shapes look simple when worn, there is a stunning amount of pattern making magic that goes into each design. You can trust your curves to look their best with this 'simple' tee. There are some really nice colourful jerseys currently in stock. 
Purchase the pattern here.


10. Tabor V-neck // Sew House 7


Tabor V-neck Sew House 7

Love a V-neck? Then this is the pattern for you. Not only great for sewing T-shirts, this pattern will get you sewing jumpers too.

A V-neck is a bit trickier to sew but thanks to the detailed instructions in this pattern this won't be an issue.

Purchase the pattern here.


11. Givre Dress and Top // by Deer and Doe

Givre dress and top by Deer and Doe

Sizes: 34-52

Simple, comfortable, stunning. The clean lines and classy colour block of the Givre Dress and Top is exactly what we love about French pattern company Deer and Doe! I love the progression of light to dark colours as they really draw your eyes down the dress. 

Purchase the pattern here.


and here's one for the boys...

12. Sayward Raglan // by Thread Theory

Sizes: XS- 4XS

Thread Theory has done it again; another workhorse staple garment designed specifically to cater for men. Great pattern making. Thoughtful details about sleeve lengths and shaping. Let's not let the menfolk miss out on the MaaiDesign summer shirt making fest! Our solid jersey collection will not let you down. 


Purchase the pattern here

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