The Staple Tee

SS52 staple tee website

Say hello to the simplest project you’ll ever sew! This beginner-friendly Staple Tee sewing pattern can be made as a tee or dress for everyday wear.

Whether you’re just starting out on your sewing journey or you’re an experience stitcher looking for a simple sew, stock up on jerseys for this issue’s Staple Tee. This beginner’s style sewing pattern, with grown-on sleeves and a loose fit, is satisfyingly simple to sew and a joy to wear.

You can make it as a classic tee or jersey dress, and along the way you’l learn how to sew with stretch fabrics, and add a neckband and cuffs for a neat finish.

So what you’re waiting for? It’s time to boost your skills and your wardrobe!

The Staple Tee sewing pattern

The Staple Tee sewing pattern

This T-shirt sewing pattern with extra dress version with issue 52 of Simply Sewing magazine.

Or you can buy the stand-alone digital (PDF) pattern in our Etsy store


UK size 6-20 (US size 4-18, EUR 34-48)

You will need:

  • Knit fabric: For the dress: 2.3mx140cm (212ydsx55in), or for the top: 1.5mx140cm (134ydsx55in)
  • Lightweight ribbing (optional): 10x140cm (4x55in), for the cuffs and neckband
  • Ballpoint sewing machine needle
  • Twin ballpoint sewing machine needle (optional)
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing kit

Fabric suggestions:

Light to medium-weight knit fabrics such as cotton jersey, ponte roma and viscose jersey.


  • Learn to sew with stretch knit fabrics
  • Add a neckband
  • Attach cuffs to sleeves
  • Garment construction: make a simple T-shirt top


Simply Sewing issue 52 is available both in shops and online.

Order your copy today in our online store or visit our Etsy store to shop our digital patterns.

The Staple Tee: sew a beginner's t-shirt sewing pattern