The Blank Canvas Tee was an experiment I started before Cake Patterns. I wanted to create a simple, useful multi-size knit top pattern available free for download and tweaking. The original pattern and upgrades have been downloaded over 20,000 times!
I also use this pattern to teach knits beginners. With no sleeve seams, a stretchy hem band, hemmed sleeves, two neckline variations and an optional micro-pocket detail, this is my ultimate go-to t-shirt pattern, and I hope it will be yours, too!
I left the original “hacks” on this page; you can still use them with The Tee pattern, have all the fun, and sew well!
Hacking The BCT:
I like to publish hacks of The Tee, to encourage you to play with patterns and fabric to achieve designs you love to wear. It’s a fun way to pick up a little light drafting.
January’s Hack: Sailor Sweetheart Tee
February’s Hack- Bow Tie Tee: Inspired by a 1950’s dress neckline
March’s Hack: Flutter-by Tee- lace insertions, lace fabric, v-neck and flutter sleeves!
- Drafting Instructions
- Pattern Coming Soon to Craftsy!
April’s Hack: 40’s Charm Tee- Faux bolero seaming, unique 1940’s inspired neckline
May’s Hack: 9 Lines Tee or Sweater- Standaway collar or plain neckline, underarm gussets, long sleeves and optional shoulder button placket.
Share this pattern, hack it up, mess with it however you like. The Blank Canvas Tee is intended for private or educational use only. All patterns are copyright Stephanie Cousins, 2012. They belong to me and the online sewing community.
If you would like to contribute to the cost of my rent and groceries, please feel free to donate using the button below. I consider the BCT an open-source sewing project, akin to open-source software. If you have benefited from the pattern and/or the hacks and you would like to contribute, it is greatly appreciated.