Peek-a-boo: a free easy t-shirt pattern

free easy t-shirt pattern“A t-shirt that doesn't look like you are wearing a t-shirt”– I thought this was a strange request until I saw 3 more women asking for the same thing.

One of these women send me a very long and emotional email about she struggled with her weight since she was a young girl, how she never have felt comfortable in her cloths, and how she hid for so many years under sweat pants and extra large hoodies.  Sarah, that is her name, wrote how she has a dog now and she is walking regularly, but that sometimes she lacks the courage to step outside because she doesn't want to go back to the sweat pants and ugly t-shirts and that it is getting too hot for hoodies.  She said she needed a top to feel good in, but at the same time comfortable while she is loosing the weight.  I think she is on to something and I figure she is not the only one.  I hear you girl!

Here is a free easy t-shirt pattern you can make in less than 2 hours and wear with  leggings and a light jacket, to drop your kids at school and head to the gym or the park for a walk with the dog.  It's all about looking good without having to make too much effort and what is best, it is super easy to make.  I've made the pattern to cater for seven sizes from 8 to 20.  The finished garment measurements are all below.

This free easy t-shirt pattern is ideal for a curvy beginner sewist.  A very loose fitting A-line top with a self tied neckline.

We've got a tremendous amount of content and tutorials on  So as not to repeat techniques for readers who have already seen and followed this content, but at the same time provide guidance to our new readers and beginner sewists, we'll try to place links to specific tutorials below which will help you with various aspects of the project.  If you already know how to use these techniques, you can skip straight through to the tutorial.

Required materials & supporting tutorials

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Finished garment measurements

t-shirt size chart

Step 1: Print out the pattern and cut the fabric

I am using a scrap of fabric and don't have enough to cut both back and front on the fold of the fabric, so I have added the 5/8″ seam allowance at the back.  What ever you do decide to do, don't for get to add the seam allowance.

free easy t-shirt patternStep 2:  Fuse the tape to the neck shoulder and sleeves and hemlines

Alternatively you can make your own 1/2″ strip of  stretchable fusible interfacing  cut on bias.

Step 3:  Attach bias tape to the peek-a-boo hole

Place the front print facing up, pin the bias tape to the seam at 3/8″ and stitch.

Untitled design(56)Step 4: Fold the bias tape to the wrong side of the fabric and iron and pin in placeUntitled design(52)sew in between the tape and the fabricStep 5:  Sew the shoulders with right sides together

Sew the front and back at the shoulders and then sew the sides seams.Untitled design(53)Finish the seams either with a stretch stitch in your normal sewing machine or with the serger.

Step 6:  Attach bias tape to the neck line

Cut a bias tape of approximately 1  3/4 yards long.  Leave 17-19 inches of the bias tape hanging on either side of the neckline, then start pinning the rest to the neck.

Untitled design(54)As mentioned before, pin the bias tape on the right side of the garment and sew at 3/8″, iron and fold back inside.  This time I will use the binding foot.  I have a feeling it will work well to make this type of neckline.

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This step can be a little complicated so I made a short video showing the procedure as well as the use of the binding foot.  Hope it helps.

Step 6: Hemming the sleeves and bottom

Make sure you have stabilized all the edges of the sleeves and the bottom with the stay tape or the stretchable fusible interfacingUntitled design(65)Pin back to the inside (wrong side of the print) the amount equal to the stay tape (1/2″)Untitled design(67)Use a twin needle or a jersey needle and your walking foot to finish the sleeves and the hem, and you are ready for that long walk in the park.  It doesn't look like a t-shirt and that is the point;)  The rayon jersey I have used is very soft and drapes very well.  I hope you like this  free easy t-shirt pattern.  It was the perfect opportunity to use the binding foot and the only difficult part was finding the model.

Next time we are sewing cloths, we will be showing a bit more skin.  In the comments below let me know what would you like to make next.  In the mean time – Happy sewing!

Free easy t-shirt pattern

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21 Responses to Peek-a-boo: a free easy t-shirt pattern

  1. This is a wonderful pattern for those of us who have chronic pain issues–it just floats over your skin. Because knits cause pain issues I use hankerchief linen or a very light linen and it works wonderfully. Thank you for sharing your designs.

  2. millie jones says:

    Can this pattern be used with a woven fabric? If yes, are there modifications needed? Knits are typically hot. I would like to use cotton or linen.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I used a rayon and cotton knit and live in Singapore (always hot here), it is very comfortable, but if you want to use it on a woven make sure the size you choose will be comfortable around the armhole and that the fabric drapes well, If you use linen I strongly recommend to pick a very soft type so it is not bulky. I would love to see your final product. Cheers!

  3. Gorgeous fabric Mayra and a lovely relaxed style of top. I’ve featured your fab t-shirt today.

  4. Marlette Louisin says:

    This is a nice pattern for women who like fuller styled tops. However, I think someone who isn’t that body type might think they’re wearing a caftan.

    I noticed the bottom of the shirt photo in my email looks to be knotted to one side but the website photo shows it hanging loose.
    Perhaps the knotted option looks more attractive on slimmer women.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Marlette, yes, you can either tie it, use a belt or let the top hang loose depending on the occasion and the look you’re aiming for.

  5. Suzanne says:

    I can’t access the pattern either – just get a blank aqua page……

  6. Melinda says:

    What about if I’m not so curvy?…

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Melinda, the top is meant to be worn loose so it would probably be OK. You could also just take it in a little depending on your size. However, this design is purposely for the curvy girls who don’t always have patterns made specifically for them. Hope you understand.

  7. Ellen says:

    Sorry, but the pattern did not show up when using the link….

  8. delyn3 says:

    How wonderful!!! I really like the generous proportions on the bottom of the top. Comfort and style for us curvier women. I believe this is a slam dunk. 🙂

  9. Thank you for sharing this pattern! I need about a million of these shirts for myself! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow that features your free pattern: –Anne

  10. Zuzette says:

    Hi Tried to download the free pattern but the page could not be found. Can you help?

  11. Dara says:

    Thanks SEW much! I just printed my pattern, I SEW look forward to making this!

  12. Brenda says:

    Love it! Did you use a regular woven bias tape or did you make some from the jersey knit?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Brenda, I actually used woven bias tape, but you could use either. With the woven, it is less stretchy with the ties and I think it adds a bit more structure to the t-shirt. Let us know what you decide to try. Happy sewing!

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