the classic tee in a relaxed fit | easy sewing tutorial


A few months ago I shared a free pattern for a classic women’s tee shirt in size L (get it here). Today I’m showing you how that same pattern looks sewn up in a softer fabric and with a little extra roominess. But first I’m going to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to say: Wow! School started last week and I feel like I have personally destroyed an entire forest with the amount of papers I’ve had to sign in the past seven days. Seriously. With all 5 of my kids in school this year, I must have filled out about 100 different papers about computer usage and instrument rentals and field trips and whether I’ll allow my kids to take sex ed (yes) and whether they’ll be plagiarizing their research papers (no). Why oh why are all these forms not online!?! It’s 2016 and I really feel like I should just be clicking some boxes on the computer instead of actually having to sign my name over and over. My hand’s tired.

How to sew a classic women's tee with a relaxed fit. Free PDF pattern in size large and easy to follow sewing tutorial.

Ok, rant over. Back to the shirt. Same classic tee, just an (even more) relaxed fit.

How to sew a classic women's tee with a relaxed fit. Free PDF pattern in size large and easy to follow sewing tutorial.

(What’s the deal with my big toes in the photo above right?)

How to sew a classic women's tee with a relaxed fit. Free PDF pattern in size large and easy to follow sewing tutorial.

(You too can smirk at people if you just sew up a tee shirt like mine! Taking photos for these posts just about does me in, people…)

Anyhoo, you can get the free Classic Tee pattern in size L in this post, which also includes directions on how to sew it up. Today I’m just going to show you how I modified it a wee bit.

You still need two pieces for the shirt, both cut on the fold, one front and one back. When I was cutting them out this time, I angled the pattern away from the fold slightly to create more room in the body of the shirt without making it too big across the shoulders (see photo below). It gives it almost a swing top feel. I also smoothed out the side line so it doesn’t come in at the waist. And I cut the shirt pieces quite a bit longer than the pattern shows (although I did end up chopping a bit back off when I hemmed the shirt). Two sleeve pieces and a long rectangle for the neck binding are the only other pattern pieces needed.

How to sew a classic women's tee with a relaxed fit. Free PDF pattern in size large and easy to follow sewing tutorial.

I was still able to cut all the pieces out of one yard of 60 inch wide knit fabric. A word about fabric: if you’re going for a more relaxed fit, you’ll want to make sure you’re using a soft and drapey knit. Knits that are slightly thinner often work well for more relaxed styles (although I always avoid tissue thin knits as I think they are just too darn hard to sew with – plus they’re usually too see through for my taste).

How to sew a classic women's tee with a relaxed fit. Free PDF pattern in size large and easy to follow sewing tutorial.

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Comments

  1. 1

    Caroline says

    Looks perfect! I scour the shops for the tops that are wider at the bottom, but not enormous around the shoulders. I’ll be trying this for sure. Now to source some nice knit fabric. Thanks!

  2. 2

    Katja says

    …vielen Dank für den tollen SchnItt :-)..zwei Shirts habe ich schon genäht und sie passen perfekt!!
    Ich werde mir eine Serie in allen Lieblingsfarben nähen.
    Grüße aus Bremen

  3. 3

    says

    DUDE. WHAT is with all those papers?! Seriously why are these things not online!! I love this shirt b.t.dub and can’t wait to make it. do you have a list of your favorite places to buy knit fabric? Any great sources online?

  4. 4

    Rebekah King says

    Love this! Looks great, especially the light gray pattern. Do you have any suggestions on how to alter the pattern size? I’m more of a size medium.

  5. 6

    Jayme says

    This pattern is my new favorite. I grabbed some pretty knit fabric at Joann’s last night and whipped this up in a couple of hours! The sleeves fit so well and the shoulders were meant for me. I wore it to work today because I love it so much! Can’t wait to try out some other patterns of yours Autumn – so simple yet so pretty.

  6. 7

    lexi says

    Any chance you will also share this great pattern in smaller sizes? If not do you have any instruction for alter a pattern size?

  7. 8

    Terri says

    I’m a bit bigger than a large, but I think I’m gonna try to make a pattern using a t shirt I already have. The problem I run into while buying t shirts is they are never long enough. I see your t-shirt patterns all over Pinterest and you have inspired me to atleast try to make one. Beautiful work. I love how soft the tshirt looks.

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