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Made By A Fabricista: A great tee shirt pattern – or three!

Hi fellow sewists! It’s Andrea and I’m here today to talk tee shirts!  I love a good tee pattern…or two…or four. Despite having more than enough of them in my pattern collection, I’m always up for trying a new one. And I also have my favorites and tried and trues (TNTs). I love the versatility of a good tee pattern – dress it up with fancy fabrics to make a work wardrobe piece, use a high quality solid to add some basics, or anything in between. Today I’m sharing three patterns I’ve used multiple times and with many different kinds of fabrics - all a little different and all great beginner patterns too.

First up is the newest addition to my pattern collection – the Upland tee and crop top by Rivet Patterns. They are a newer designer who I recently discovered when this tee pattern caught my eye. I love that it has multiple bodice options including a classic design tee and also a crop version with different separate and uniquely shaped bodice pieces. I first made the crop version from all Fabric Mart scraps – I absolutely love how it came out!

I recently participated in a pattern test for Rivet for their new Essential skirt pattern and made a pencil skirt from an athletic knit from Fabric Mart I had in my stash. So I decided to also sew up an Upland tee to go with it in this gorgeous hot pink urban rib knit from here too. I love how these two versions of the same tee look totally different based on my fabric choice.

For a little bit of a twist, I turned the skirt back to front which added fun design elements of the slit plus a seam down the front.

Here’s a close up of my Upland tee:

I love this combination! 

Next up is a tee pattern that may have actually been the first tee pattern I ever bought and sewed up. This is the Plantain Tee by Deer & Doe. Recently Closet Core Patterns purchased and now sells the Deer & Doe pattern collection. I just checked and it’s still offered for free! What I love most about this tee is the shape of the neckline – I think it’s quite distinct. I’ve sewn 10+ of these over the last eight years; here is my most recent version in a cotton Lycra fabric:

Check out that neckline – isn’t it fun??

Last up is another TNT for me – the Bestie Tee from Pattern Emporium. I just love the fit of this tee and it is packed with options. You get multiple sleeves, multiple lengths, and multiple necklines. And for folks like me who solely use a projector for sewing, Pattern Emporium has AWESOME projector files that are a breeze to use. 

For this most recent Bestie tee, I used a fancy glittery ITY fabric long in the stash from Fabric Mart – I think I bought this 3+ years ago. I was recently sewing up a few new pieces for a conference and added this one to work wardrobe:

I could talk tee shirts and tee shirt patterns all day long, but your time is probably better spent grabbing some fabric and sewing your own. I hope you enjoyed this post and perhaps discovered a new pattern!

Happy Sewing!

Andrea  |

Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following categories: RIB KNITS, ITY KNITS, COTTON KNITS, & KNITS.


  1. They are all great! I love seeing the fun you have with fabric and patterns!

  2. Thank you so much for including the Upland Tee pattern in your line-up. It's a wonderful pattern!

  3. Thank you for sharing. It’s very helpful to me to see different pattern and fabric combinations made up and actually on someone’s body. I need to get sewing T shirt weather is here. Did you use a serger to sew up these Tshirts? Which pattern do you think is easiest for a beginner?

    1. Hi! I did use a serger for all but hemming (I hemmed them with a small zig zag stitch on my sewing machine). But you coukd do the whole construction process on a sewing machine for sure. I’ve done that before and used a small zig zag stitch for it. I think all the patterns are very similar on their construction but I think the Pattern Emporium Bestie tee has the most options and also very good instructions. You can’t go wrong with buying any of these patterns though!

  4. Great makes, I love the bias stripe on the neckline.


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