The Blank Canvas Tee is a project to create a simple, useful multi-size knit top pattern available free for download and tweaking from Craftsy or below.
The Blank Canvas Tee has four seams and bound sleeve edges or raw edges- or use your favorite hemming method. Those who prefer a closer fit should bring in the side seams- just a little at a time- until they like the amount of ease through the torso. A muslin is highly recommended before using a beloved piece of fabric.
Pick a size according to your full bust measurement. If you prefer a more relaxed fit, use the size up from your measurements. If you prefer a snugger fit, use a size down. It is very very easy to bring in the side seams to suit your ease preferences and conform to your body. Then you transfer those changes to your pattern and presto- a perfectly customized simple tee pattern you can make in your sleep or hack if you’re so inclined.
This pattern is designed for comfort and ease of construction/customization. A simple cut will show off a fun printed or fancy knit. In a plain fabric, it makes an easy casual top.
Check out the flickr group for this pattern (and its hacks). Please feel free to join and share the inspiration!
Should you find any errors or have any issues, please let me know so I can correct it.
Hacking The BCT:
Each month, I publish a “hack” of the blank canvas tee. It’s a personal design challenge and a fun way to teach a little light drafting. If you like a design but don’t have the time or inclination to draft you can find my patterns on Craftsy.
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.