Free T-Shirt Pattern: Meet the Core T-Shirt, our First Free Garment Pattern!

Hello! We are so happy to introduce you to our first free, fully loaded, wardrobe-building garment pattern, the Core T-Shirt! We have been wanting to offer a free, easy garment pattern for a while now and wanted to create a simple design with classic details that you could use as-is, or as a block to hack the tee of your dreams. You know the one. Maybe you had it in college or lost it on a camping trip, but life has never really been the same since that t-shirt (I believe Seinfeld referred to his favourite tee as “Golden boy”, lol). We want you to have your golden boy, and the #ClosetCoreTshirt is gonna get you there.

The Core T-Shirt comes in sizes 0-32, with two lengths and two sleeve options. Y’all know we love a crop around here, so View A has a short sleeve and is cropped to be perfectly proportioned with high-waisted pants (your crop may be different from our crop, so we always suggest checking finished garment measurements to make sure it works for you!) View B has a longer 3/4 sleeve and hits at mid-hip, and either view can be made with the optional patch pocket. FYI, our 14-32 range features a bust dart for better fit. It has a slightly boxy fit with a classic crew neck, and is personally my platonic ideal t-shirt for every day – not too baggy, not too snug, juuuuuust right.


Here’s View A, the cropped length:

And View B in mid-length:

To get your free Core Tshirt pattern, head over to our shop and add it to your cart. You’ll have to check out like usual, but you won’t be charged for the pattern. We decided to break with tradition and offer this pattern in our pattern shop instead of our Resource Library to make it easier to deliver files and make updates if we want to down the road. The pattern comes in Letter/A4 and Copyshop versions, with a full instruction booklet just like all our clothing patterns.

A super quick n’ easy sew, this pattern can be made in a wide variety of knit fabrics, from stable jerseys to slinky rayons. To accompany the launch, this week at Core Fabrics we launched a new collection of super special organic cotton knits, perfect for making a whole wardrobe of Core Tees. We are extra excited about these fabrics because they are entirely made within the USA with organic cotton from Texas, and the entire manufacturing cycle (from yarn to loom to dye) happens within a 150-mile radius in North Carolina. We have a mix of classic 100% cotton jerseys, stretchy baby ribs, and a gorgeous charcoal stripe in a mix of weights and colours. Best of all, they are so soft you could cry. Honestly, these are some of the most beautiful knits we’ve ever fondled, and we’re so happy to be supporting domestic textile manufacturing, especially when the quality is this high. You can also download this pattern for free at Core Fabrics if you’d like to sew with one of these beautiful babies.


We hope you enjoy sewing this free tee! Now, go dream up your Golden Boy…

Core Fabrics


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Hi! I'm Heather Lou, a pattern designer and sewing educator for the modern maker. At Closet Core Patterns, we transform your imagination into step-by-step implementation that helps you create a wardrobe you love - not one you're limited to buying off the rack.

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