Warm days and cool nights, a flared t-shirt for many seasons.

Flared t-shirtSpring is the time to dress comfortably and in layers.  A flared t-shirt is the one of those pieces of clothing we can just throw on with a pair of jeans, leggings, capri pants or if the top is long enough, it can also be a short mod-style dress.  Perfect for a quick run to the supermarket or picking up the kids!  This is an incredibly easy pattern and I have added two sleeves lengths to give you some flexibility.  If you want to, you can even eliminate the sleeves entirely and it becomes yet another top.

I am using a fabric from my stash, because I am determined to reduce the amount of fabric in my sewing room.  I realize it is spring after all and that you would want to see some flowers.  I am not a flowery kind of person, but I gave it a try.  I hope you like it:).  For your flared t-shirt, you can select any lightweight and soft knit.  It can be 100% cotton or a blend.  As you get ready to start to project, it might be helpful to review out tutorial on mistakes to avoid when cutting fabric.  It might save a little re-work.

Before you start, I strongly recommend you to take a scrap of your fabric and practice so you can achieve the right setting on your machine necessary to come up with the best looking stitch that you can.  I am using a very basic machine –the equivalent of a tractor– but I know some of you have such fancy machines which the equivalent of a Lamborghini.  I had a hard time finding the perfect stitch, my (tractor) machine kept skipping stitches, so I opted for a ballpoint needle and a walking foot.

While the pattern is easy to follow, this is probably an advanced beginner or intermediate level project.  It’s helpful if you’ve had some experience in sewing knits which can be a bit tricky to sew sometimes.  If you run into any problems, please leave your questions in the comments after the post and we’ll do your best to help you out.  The pattern accommodates sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 with corresponding bust sizes 36″, 38″, 40″, 42″, 44″ and 46″.  The finished garment in the photo is size 18 and it will accommodate a 46″ bust without stretching the fabric.  The ITY fabric I used has great “drapability” and terrific stretch.

This pattern and tutorial are completely FREE to you.  The design and pattern are entirely original and, as you can imagine, they have taken some time to put together.  All we ask is that you share this post with your friends and family using one of the social media buttons below.

For the 3/4 sleeve version you will need the following materials.

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Download the Free Flared T-shirt Pattern

You can download the pattern and instructions for the Flared T-shirt from our account at Craftsy.

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Step 1: Print and place the pattern; cut to your size

If you have not used PDF patterns before, here is an article on how to download and print PDF sewing patterns that you might want to review.

free flared top pattern

I have placed my pattern on the fold, you could trace the other side of the pattern and cut on the fabric on one layer.  In addition to this pattern you will need a strip of fabric to find the necessary measurements in the pattern.

Cut the fabric to the size of your pattern.  All seam allowances are 5/8″ with one exception which I will be explain below.

Step 2:  Apply stretch fusible interfacing or stay tape

Apply the stretched fusible interfacing to the arm holes and neck seam allowance.  If using the stay tape, please iron the tape 1/8′ from the edge.  Make all the notches marked in the pattern.  These are important.

free flared t-shirt patternfree flare t-shirt patternFor the back piece, apply the stretch interfacing or stay tape on the arm hole, shoulder and neck seam allowance.  Make a notch the middle of the neck.  You will need this notch to align the facing later on.

Step 3:  Mark and sew the dart

Using a ruler and pencil or erasable pen mark the dart and place a pin on the end of the dart.  (If you’re asking “what’s a dart?”, please review our tutorial on how to mark and sew double ended darts which is linked here.)

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Step 4:  Sew the shoulder

At this point you can use your serger to finish the seams, but because I am using ITY Knit, this knit does not unravel so finishing the seams is entirely optional.   Unfortunately, my serger has a dull blade and made a royal mess of the seams, so I am using an overcasting stitch with my regular sewing machine.  You can learn more about how to use overcasting stitches in the tutorial linked here.

Step 5:  Sew the sides of the top

Place the front and back with print side together and sew the sides.

Step 6:  Attach the sleeves

free flared t-shirt pattern

The sleeves pattern has 3 important markings.  There are 2 notches that will tell you this is the back of the sleeve, 1 notch to show you the front and the center of the sleeve telling you where the shoulder seam is located.

There are 2 methods you can use to attach the sleeves.  You can start sewing the sleeve to the armhole and then sew the arms straight with the side seams of the top.  It is basically one continuous seam from the sleeves all the way to the hem of the top.  I only recommend this way if your serger is at hand because it can create bulk in your arm pits, and who wants that.?

free flared t-shirt patternInstead, as another method, I am using the set-in technique: sewing the sides of the sleeves, then the side of the top, and lastly attaching the sleeves around the armhole, trim and zigzag to reduce bulk in this area.

Step 7:  Sewing the facing to the neck

This is the same technique you need to apply should you decide to make this t-shirt without sleeves.

Start by cutting a strip of fabrics given in the pattern.  Sew the strips  at 3/8″.   With the print facing down, Start pinning at the shoulders, alight the stitches of the strip with the shoulder seams.  Next pin the facing  to the front and back of the t-shirt.  You will find the facing is shorter than neck line.  This is fine because the fabric is very stretchable and this is necessary to maintain the shape of the neck.Mark the front middle(2)With the print facing down, start pinning at the shoulders, align the notches of the facing with the shoulder seams.  Next, pin the facing to the front and back of the t-shirt.  You will find the facing is shorter than neck line.  This is fine because the fabric is very stretchable and necessary to maintain the shape of the neck.  I have also added more fusible interfacing to the facing because my machine is not liking this fabric very much, this is optional.  Sew the facing to 1/2″ seam allowance.flared t-shirt Trim the facing close to the seam.Untitled design(45) Fold the facing to the inside of the t-shirt 1/2″, pin all around and iron.Untitled design(42) Fold another 3/8″ pin all around one more time

Untitled design(43)Untitled design(46) If you are a newby and are not familiar with working with knits you could make a baste stitching all around the neck.   The reason for that is that this kind of facing needs to be sewn on the right side of the fabric and it is very hard to do that if you are not experienced.  You could also change your needle to a twin needle and sew the facing creating a nice double stitching detail.  If you need some guidance on how to use a twin needle, please check out the tutorial linked here.

Step:  8 Hemming your flared t-shirtfree flared top patternUntitled design(47)

Apply the stay tape to the hems, both in the sleeves and on the bodice and simply fold 5/8″ and hem your T-shirt.

I hope you enjoy this free flared t-shirt pattern.  It is very easy to make and is a staple in any women wardrobe. The flared t-shirt is the perfect top if you are not ready to bear all in the new season.  Throw one a light coat on and a pair of jeans and you are ready to rush out of the house for just about anything.

What other pieces of clothing would you like to sew before summer?  Please let us know if the comments below and we’ll do our best to help!flared t-shirt

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61 Responses to Warm days and cool nights, a flared t-shirt for many seasons.

  1. Samantha says:

    Can this pattern be made from cotton fabrics?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes it can be, as long as it soft and drapes well, and you fit within the measurements given because it will not stretch. The neckline is large enough for any head size to go through. Let me know how it turn out. Happy sewing!

  2. I’ve downloaded and printed the pattern ready to use. Looks great in that fabric. Featured today…

  3. Cindy says:

    The white pants you have paired with the top look so comfortable. Any chance we can get a pattern for those?

  4. elysia864 says:

    I just wanted to say thank you soooo much for this awesome pattern and tutorial! It’s beautiful! I am trying to figure how I can put a cowl neckline to it…(I’ve watched many videos but this would be my first actual pattern to complete). This tutorial is very clear and I feel I can do it! Thanks again…You guys are amazing and I love your work and appreciate you so much~!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Thanks Elysia! Glad to hear it’s going well. Stay tuned. We have some other similar projects coming soon.

  5. Sylvia says:

    How about some nice shorts patterns for summer (always optimistic that we will be getting some sun in the UK!)

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes Sylvia, optimism is what keep us looking forward. I will work on it, I think it will be a great add to the pattern collection that we already have. Thank you for your suggestion.

  6. Catherine Vecchiarino says:

    Love your fabric for this top. I’m a pear shaped lady and was wondering what the waist and hip measurements are for the size 18 top? Can hardly wait to make this.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Catherine, the top starts to flares from the bust dart, so at the waist is 45″ and the hips are 56″. Happy sewing!

  7. carmen says:

    I would like to sew a tennis skirt I cant find a pattern anywhere.
    thanks for the new top I look forward to sewing this one.

  8. Karin says:

    Loving your pattern…I am going to make one for myself…thank you!!

  9. Shirley says:

    I am not able to print the tutorial for the flared t-shirt

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Shirley, I’m sorry you’re having difficulties. I’ve checked the link and can’t find any issues. The PDF will download directly from our site which is very reliable. The pattern itself is a multi-page .PDF file so should print our like any other PDF file using US Letter or A4 paper. Please give it another go and let me know if you’re still having issues.

  10. Pam says:

    Love the material,and the pattern is great. Looking forward to making the top up.

  11. Ann T. says:

    This is a cute top! I plan to make few. Have a great week.

  12. Debbie says:

    thank you so much for the pattern, Is there a video to watch?? I have many patterns from So Sew Easy and they all have video tutorials. I am a visual learner and find it much easier this way. I”ve looked but can’t seem to find it.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Debbie, we haven’t yet produced a video for this one yet. We probably will at some point soon, but hopefully you can follow the images and instructions in the post in the mean time.

  13. Anne Scanapico says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. I have just the fabric for this. So cute.

  14. Jana says:

    Would love to see you create a basic t-shirt pattern for plus sizes.

  15. Irene says:

    This is Avery nice too but why are there no small sizes? I wear no more than a 6 and usually a 4 fits the shoulders better. Size 34 bust and narrow shoulders makes finding patterns difficult.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Irene, I hear you, we normally have requests from busty girls, who like sewing, love the control of making their own cloths and are frustrated with what the stores offer. Stay tuned for the smaller sizes.

  16. Just the shirt I need! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that features your free pattern: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=86968 –Anne

  17. Susan says:

    Do you have any suggestions for how to check for correct placement of the dart on the pattern? I can see in the top photo that the dart comes far too high on the model, right at the top of the bust when it should point to the apex. I’d like to avoid this mistake on my own fitting. How would I be sure of how much to lower the dart please? Can you tell me the measurement you used to place the dart for a 36 inch bust when drafting the pattern? Thanks.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes, the dart looks high, and it is a big dart it has to otherwise it would look like you are wearing a tent, we had to pin the back because she is wearing the biggest (18) size and the model is size 14/16, also her arm is higher on her hips, the dart on the size 18 is 10″ from the shoulder seam to the tip of the dart. Hope that helps! Cheers!

    • patsijean says:

      Susan, you can easily adjust the dart placement the Nancy Zieman way. Just draw a box/rectangle around the dart, cut out the box, and slide it down to the prefered placement, and tape. You can then fill in the space where the dart used to be, by tapeing in a piece of paper.

  18. nwad59 says:

    Lovely job on the pattern and tutorial, I can’t wait to sew this.

  19. Ann Hedington says:

    Can I modify the pattern to eliminate the darts? I hate trying to fit darts! But it’s so pretty I may have to make an exception!

  20. Dara says:

    Thanks SEW MUCH!!

  21. lindaspears says:

    Love this pattern! Thank you Mayra for the free pattern/tutorial! : )

  22. Sharon says:

    I could see me adding a few inches to this to make this a easy dress pattern

  23. Brenda Allsup says:

    Where can I download the instructions for this T Shirt? Thank you. Brenda

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Brenda, there are no separate instructions for this project at the moment. Hopefully you can follow along with the steps in the article once you’ve downloaded the PDF pattern. Please give it a try and let me know how you go.

  24. Martha says:

    Thank you for the pattern, it is exactly what I have been looking for. I hope I can find some appropriate fabric. Thanks again.

  25. Ingrid says:

    Thank you so much for this pattern! Very cute!

  26. LoAnn says:

    Sleeves, yes, thank you. I have “bat wings”, so I don’t care for sleeveless or the really short sleeves that is all the rage today.

  27. Ila Turner says:

    Love your tutorials, they look so easy I almost believe I can do them. For someone who has never sewn a garment before what would you recommend I start with on your site? No one has ever inspired me to want to sew a garment but you, I basically only wear clothes because its the law. I’d rather quilt, embroider and applique. But I look at your clothes and how flattering they are and wow, I’m inspired. Great pictures, and since I am a very visual person, I can understand them. Thank you so much.

    BTW, I love the fabric you used for this tee.

  28. Lorna says:

    Love the longer style, now have to find some knit fabric, Just wondering what the finished bust sizes are for the other sizes, I wear a RTW size 14 but pattern sizes are usually different.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Lorna, thanks for the question. I’ve updated the post with these sizes: The pattern accommodates sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 with corresponding bust sizes 36″, 38″, 40″, 42″, 44″ and 46″.

  29. Michelle says:

    What are the bust measurements in inches for each size? Thanks!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Michelle, thanks for the question. I’ve updated the post with these sizes: The pattern accommodates sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 with corresponding bust sizes 36″, 38″, 40″, 42″, 44″ and 46″.

  30. Betty Parrott says:

    I have a full bust measurement of 47 inches. Should I do an FBA or will the stretch of the knit accomodate that. Otherwise I do have small shoulders….Thanks

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Betty, if you use the ITY knit that I used, it will stretch a lot. You probably don’t need to do an FBA but rather just take in the shoulders a bit. Let me know how you go.

  31. Val Clements says:

    Thank you Mayra for the pattern.

  32. Jimandsueaynes@yahoo.com says:

    I love the material you made t-shirt out of. Beautiful

  33. Love these kind of basic shirts!

  34. Anna says:

    Thank you Mayra. I have been toying these past weeks about making these tops, and here you pop up with the pattern. Would you also please consider showing us how to make easy summer shift dresses? Love your instructions and tutorials. Thankyouso much!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      That’s great to hear. Please do let us know how you go with this pattern. Yes, we’ll work on some summer dresses. Stay tuned!

  35. Kate K says:

    What is the size range on the pattern pieces? Looking forward to making this top once I know which size to trace. thank you for your time and expertise.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hello Kate, you can download 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18. The size 18 as a finished garment will accommodate a 44″ bust without stretching the fabric. Hope that helps, if not let me know I am happy to help!

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