Hey y’all – since this month on the blog is all about wardrobe basics, today I’m sharing the foundation of the modern wardrobe – the t-shirt. And the V-neck version of a women’s t-shirt is my staple item; I feel like this neckline is flattering on basically everybody.
But as easy as they are to wear, t-shirt fit can be tricky. Partly because everyone has a different preference for how they should fit – some people prefer oversize and slouchy, some like tight to show off every curve, and there’s every preference in between. And achieving that fit on diverse bodies is another tricky issue.
But when you figure it out, it is totally worth it. I have been tweaking and tweaking this pattern for myself and I think I’ve finally got MY perfect fit – fitted in the shoulders/sleeves/bust with more ease below the bust.
And now that I’ve got the fit that I want down, I need one in every color.
Want to make your own? You’ll need
- 1 yard of 58/60″ wide knit fabric. For the gray one I used some interlock knit that I bought in a fabric warehouse. For the white one I used my favorite Riley Blake knit/spandex jersey (affiliate link).
- The pattern
I’ve got two options for you to get the pattern, which is in a women’s size small, for bust up to 35″ and waist 28″. If you need to make the pattern bigger or smaller, check out this post.
Option 1: Download for free.
To download the pattern for free, subscribe to the Melly Sews Weekly Newsletter. AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern access email. But once you do confirm, you’ll get another email with instructions to access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!
Note – if you already subscribe to the newsletter, just find your most recent one and follow the link and password instructions at the bottom of the newsletter. Resubscribing is not necessary and doesn’t re-send you anything.
(PS – if you have trouble finding the pattern as a subscriber, check this post)
Please note that all my free patterns are licensed for personal use only (no selling items made from this without a limited production license) and by downloading you are agreeing to this license.
Option 2: Purchase this size small pattern for $2.
Use this link or the button below to purchase a pattern file. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that includes the instructions in this tutorial and the pattern pieces. You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.
Here's how to assemble a basic tshirt. Make sure you use a stretch stitch to sew. (Need help with sewing knits? See this post).
If you'd like to see how I use 3 different machines to sew mine (which is NOT at all necessary), I've made a video of myself sewing the gray shirt. Check it out below, or you can watch it on YouTube here.