We asked you another question on @SewOver50 in October-which were your favourite go-to, never-fail, T-N-T T-shirt (tee shirt?) patterns and naturally you came up with a veeeeerrrry long list. I’ve trawled through them all and simply listed them here with a link (if I found one) for each so you can check them out for yourselves. As blogs go, it’s a bit of a dull one but you might it useful and maybe find your next new favourite pattern amongst these. Needless to say there are probably another one or two hundred more patterns which you think ought to be on this list!
I’m not recommending or endorsing any of these patterns personally, they have all been suggested by you, the enthusiastic followers.
Melissa Breton Tee-Thrifty Stitcher -relaxed drop-shoulder tee with 3/4 sleeves and a bateau neckline
Plantain-Deer & Doe–free pattern (if you sign up on the website) loose-fitting tee with a low scooped neckline and 3 sleeve options.
#1366 Cynthia Rowley Simplicity-loose fitting top
Mandy Boat Tee-Tessuti–free pattern boat neck drop-shoulder Tee with 3/4 sleeves
#3338 Kwik Sew-I can’t find this one, possibly discontinued?
Astoria-Seamwork-cropped length, fitted long-sleeve top
Classic Tee-Love Notions -close-fitting tee with 3 neck options and 3 sleeve lengths
Laundry Day tee-Love Notions-fitted tee with 3 necklines and 5 sleeves options
Basic Instinct shirt-Secondo Piano-classic simple tee
Freya Agnes Coco-TATB-Tilly has a range of jersey tops and dresses with a variety of necklines and sleeve options.
Moneta-Colette patterns-Moneta is a dress pattern in stretch fabric with a fitted bodice and a couple of sleeve options.
#2805-Jalie Patterns-t-shirt with 4 sleeve and 4 neckline options. It has a huge range of sizes
Statement Tee-Ottobre magazine 2017/2 various options so check the website
Wardrobe Builder Tee-Wardrobe by Me (not many instructions apparently) close fitting tee with 3 body lengths, 5 necklines and 6 sleeve-lengths!
Uvita-Itch to Stitch-dropped shoulder bateau-neck tee with 2 sleeve lengths
Pamela’s Perfect Tee-Pamela’s patterns-longer length fitted tee with several neckline and sleeve options
Green Tee-Greenstyle Creations-longer length fitted tee with scoop or V neck and lots of sizes
Lark-Grainline-a popular pattern with 4 neckline options and 4 sleeve lengths.
Stellan Tee-French Navy Now–free pattern a boxy tee, not sure how many sizes.
The Astair tee-another boxy tee also from French Navy Now with sleeve variations and a patch pocket.
Renfrew-Sewaholic another classic tee with several sleeve lengths and various necklines
Kirsten Kimono Tee-Maria Denmark-close-fitting cap-sleeved tee
Carine Tee-Elbe Textiles–free pattern cropped tee
Lane Raglan-Hey June-scooped neck raglan tee and sweatshirt pattern
Jade-Made by Rae-scooped neck tee in a wide size range
Concord-Cashmerette-lots of options in curvier sizes
Molly Top-SOI City break eBook classic drop shoulder tee
Eva-Pattern Union-a simple close-fitting tee with long or short sleeves.
Geneva Tee-Named raglan tee with long sleeves
Ruska-Named-Breaking the Pattern-tee shirt/dress with various options
Ultimate T-shirt-Threadcount free gift pattern from a back issue of Love Sewing magazine
Panama-Alina Design-tee shirt with dress-length options
Update January 2022
This has probably been the single most popular post on the blog since I first published it over two years ago so I thought it could do with an update because new patterns will have been released, or missed off last time, and many have become very popular in that time. As before, these were all suggested by you dear reader so, in no particular order, they are as follows…
Rae top by Tessuti patterns, a pretty gathered neckline and several sleeve options
Iris by Forget-me-Not patterns a simple shape but with an interesting pleated short sleeve
Peak Tee by Wendy Ward in her book Beginners Guide to Sewing with Knitted Fabrics
Somerset top by Maven patterns (I’ve used this one myself a number of times including for this hack) bateau neckline with several sleeve options including to a bishop sleeve with deep cuff
Frankie from Tilly and the Buttons in her book Stretch, a simple raglan sleeve
Rio ringer from True Bias (this also has a children’s size range too)
Gable top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade, 50s-inspired slash neckline
Basic block Tee by Fehrtrade in her book Sew Your Own Activewear
Fog Tee is from The Fabric Store
Tabitha from Tilly and the Buttons in the book Make It Simple (I used the lengthened version for this Minerva make)
Nora is a loose-fit T-shirt by TATB (they are good at basics!) there is now a cardi version available too
Needless to say this is still in no way an exhaustive list but they have all been used, and recommended, by you. There are some freebies which might be worth a try, as well as pricier options.
Until next time,
15 thoughts on “Your Sew Over 50 go-to tee-shirt patterns”
The Plantain is a free pattern too.
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The Ottobre is still available, not in English, but in German with English instructions or a range of other European languages, having checked. [Scroll down their shop list and choose the least worse option for your language skills.]
The various forms of Ottobre come as magazines for Women, Children or Family at different frequencies, patterns come on a sheet, like Burda, that need tracing. Having traced both, I prefer tracing Ottobre. No seam allowances. The size range for that T-shirt is 34-52 (EU sizing, 34 is approximately a UK 6, no idea what a 52 compares to). That magazine costs EU 9.95 plus shipping (which is not cheap) and comes with 20 patterns in all – – see the pdf You can find the styling by scrolling through the magazine editions and clicking on the magazine.
(I’m using the children’s sizing to fit me and love their patterns. The joy of a pair of jeans that fitted first time. We bought a batch of magazines last time to save on postage.)
Thank you so much for taking the time to give us this information. I’ve never used Ottobre so I wasn’t really sure what to add here. Really helpful!!
The 2/2017 issue of Ottobre Woman containing the Statement t-shirt is still available on the Ottobre Design website. The Carine Tee from Elbe Textiles doesn’t seem to be offered anymore.
Great post, thanks for compiling it!
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Thank you for letting me know.
The Basic Instinct Tee is free via signing up for the Secondo Piano email newsletter.
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What a great T-shirt overview. This is great help for anyone who’s looking for a good reliable basic T-shirt pattern.
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