Anything But Basic Men’s Tee

(43 customer reviews)


Get the ABB (Anything But Basic) Men’s Shirt pattern free! This men’s shirt pattern is not your average freebie. It’s precise sizing and custom fit instruction will leave any man feeling his best. It is a semi-fitted shirt with a high crew and multiple sleeve lengths. The perfect men’s shirt pattern staple for any pattern box! The Free ABB Men’s shirt pattern is part of our collection of easy sewing patterns.

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Pattern #MK-42245

Please see the size chart and fabric requirements in the gallery photos.

Your PDF pattern purchase includes the following:

  • Print-at-home PDF pattern files in both standard and tall men’s sizes (sizes 34-48)
  • US Letter, A4 and A0 Copy Shop formats
  • No trim pages
  • Size layers so you can print only the sizes you need
  • Complete sewing instruction ebook with our Perfect Fit custom fit adjustment tutorials

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  • Neckline: High Crew
  • Sleeves: Short // 3/4 Sleeve // Long Sleeve


  • Beginner sewists and beyond
  • Knits with 2-way stretch

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43 reviews for Anything But Basic Men’s Tee

  1. karen.derby (verified owner)

    Great pattern, easy to read, good instructions and good fit.

  2. candrawgirl (verified owner)

    Finally a pattern that works for my tall slender brother that fits well with little to no alterations. Used for a costume and will be using more for general wear.

  3. Tiffany Copon (verified owner)

    LOVE that you included a tall option for this pattern. As mentioned previously (on other patterns I’ve reviewed), the pattern was easy to follow and sizing was spot on!

  4. tigger1948 (verified owner)

    My husband goes through t-shirts like there’s no tomorrow! This tee is certainly going to help our budget.

  5. Cassandra McDermott (verified owner)

    This was a great pattern to pick for my very first PDF pattern sew! A bit of a learning curve on the printing/piecing together but after that it was easy peasy! I had to up size it to a 50, reduce the armscye at the shoulders by 2″ and adjust the arms accordingly. It was really easy to tailor to fit my friend and he absolutely loves it! Thanks, I will be getting more patterns in the future!

  6. A Smith (verified owner)

    I made this yesterday for my husband in a microfleece and it is a really great fit. Very well drafted pattern, thank you.

  7. sewncreations (verified owner)

    Love all the sizes. I have made my grandsons several of these tees. Drafting is great and fit is great.

  8. Nancy Chandler (verified owner)

    These are the best basic tee patterns, so easy to follow, great instructions on how to alter between sizes and good fit

  9. Lisa Koenen (verified owner)

    Measured my husband and chose to size up to the next size for his comfort, glad I did! Fits him very well. I plan the make a small modification to the shoulder, since has a bit of a downward slop but other than that, it’s great! My husband loves his new shirt and said it fits better than most.

  10. KIMBERLY MARTENS (verified owner)

    TECHNICAL: This pattern was easy to assemble given the markings on where and how to join the pieces. This was exceptionally important as I had tried other downloaded patterns from else where which were very difficult to match the pieces.
    SEWING: Once assembled it was a breeze to sew.
    SIZING: The finished product size with no easement was 4” to small.
    MODIFICATION: I modified the largest size 48” to make a 50-52”. VERY EASY to modify due to the technical markings.

  11. Helen strudwick (verified owner)

    Great free pattern lovely instructions

  12. Ann Marshall (verified owner)

    Brilliant pattern. Fits my partner well. I am thinking of using the pattern to make him some new pyjama tops as well. Pdf pattern pieces fitted together well.

  13. picsyl (verified owner)

    Great pattern, Easy to follow and a quick sew. No mods.

  14. JJ O’Brien (verified owner)

    Pattern instructions are super easy to follow and the pattern itself offered true-to size fit. Husband says it’s best fitting t-shirt he’s ever had – no more RTW!

  15. vaniasilvarocha (verified owner)

    REally good pattern. Made a tshirt for my husband and it fits just perfectly. Very good and true size and very easy to assemble. Now just need to do all of the other ones that I have been meaning to do for so long 🙂

  16. Seth Anderson (verified owner)

    Really great pattern. My shirt turned out great and I’ve gotten many compliments when I wear it. Someone just learning to sew would have no trouble with this pattern. Instructions were clear and there were YouTube videos to help as well. I’m planning to make a lot more shirts with this pattern.

  17. Linda Johnstone (verified owner)

    Great pattern. Really helpful from the beginning. Easy to print out and stick as it’s no trim, through to the end with comprehensive instructions.

  18. Sarah Nicholls (verified owner)

    Love this pattern. I use the tall version for my hubby who’s 6′ 2″. Fits him beautifully. I also use a small regular fit for my sons. No other t-shirt pattern needed.

  19. Jacqueline Muller (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I am in no way an accomplished “tailor” however this pattern was so easy to follow and the shirt I made my husband came out perfectly. 2 thumbs up from me 👍🏻👍🏻

  20. hemsandaahs (verified owner)

    I purchased this pattern because of the size range. It went together very well and I used it to create a kangaroo t shirt so a very large dad could snuggle baby.

  21. Helen Tye (verified owner)

    An easy pattern with excellent instructions that included grading between sizes. Very helpful there is a separate Tall option.

  22. Rena Soutar (verified owner)

    This was my first time attempting to grade between sizes and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. The resulting tee was a perfect fit for my husband, and he loves it. I appreciate the fulsome instructions and good pattern drafting. Heartily recommend.

  23. emma goodsir (verified owner)

    Excellent well-fitting pattern. So great to have patterns that actually work!

  24. karen-1907 (verified owner)

    I’ve made this in different sizes and with long and short sleeves and all have fitted really well! I loved the easy to put together pdf pattern pieces too. Thank you so much!

  25. siciliano2 (verified owner)

    great pattern

  26. Lorna Sealy Nichols (verified owner)

    A good pattern for a warm lower layer on a cold golf course. Just needed a little extra body and arm length but comfortable fit

  27. Sandy Murphy (verified owner)

    Really love this pattern, easy to follow and lots of great pictures. Well fitting standard tshirt – just what I needed for my sons.

  28. Rhonda Aiello (verified owner)

    Great pattern, plus it’s free! Easy to sew. Husband loves his tshirt!

  29. Debra Arrowsmith (verified owner)

    Love this pattern. My first time sewing t-shirts, easy to sew. Thank you

  30. Jim Brittain (verified owner)

    I’ve made this in both the regular and tall sizes; it’s a simple pattern that fits well (and the fit actually fits the descried sizes! The instructions for fit adjustment worked, too; it was the first time I’d done that.) The AO paper size worked for me.

  31. Sienna Coward (verified owner)

    Really great instructions for how to alter when you don’t fit into the average pattern. Super easy to follow!

  32. Carol Tonneman (verified owner)

    The pattern page assembly is better than most other pattern companies and instructions are clear and thorough. My husband has gotten several compliments on his shirt. I had enough fabric to squeeze out a matching anything but basic t shirt for my grandson.

  33. Diane Magidson (verified owner)

    Wonderful pattern. Easy to read, great instructions with illustrations. The fit for my husband was wonderful. He loves his new tee!

  34. Craig Neave (verified owner)

    Excellent pattern and instructions.

  35. Zachary Baggs (verified owner)

    This was my first time using a sewing pattern and it was really easy to follow.

  36. Joanne Goppelt (verified owner)

    Made the tall version for my husband which did him very nicely, no adjustments necessary.

    The pattern instructions are thorough and easy to follow and I will be making more shirts from this pattern at my husband’s request.

  37. footyfan (verified owner)

    I will admit that I don’t sew much for my partner but he asked me to make him something. This was the thing and I couldn’t be happier with it! The easy to follow and very detailed instructions helped me to tailor it exactly to his freakishly wide shoulders while narrowing the body for a closer fitting underlayer. I swell with pride whenever I see those perfect fitting shoulders!

  38. Anja Verzendaal (verified owner)

    Great pattern for a beginner like me. Clear instruction, easy to follow and a great tshirt as an end result.

  39. Marie Felton (verified owner)

    Such a great pattern and easy to follow instructions. I made this for my brother who recently lost so much weight following an illness, it’s impossible to buy a good fitting T. With such a wide range of sizes I was able to tailor the fit. Needless to say – he loves it!!

  40. Bob Smith (verified owner)

    Love this pattern. I’ve lost 100 pounds and have a pile of XL, XXL, and even XXXL Tee-shirts, now I wear a Large. I have a 6-inch and a 5-inch neck-to-shoulder length so I printed two patterns and modified one to fit the 5-inch shoulder. I’m happy that the pattern is a little longer on the back, the fit is better. Thanks.

  41. James Seals (verified owner)

    Good fit, easy to construct and great directions.

  42. Wendy Mathews (verified owner)

    This is the best pattern. I made it for Christmas for my son and daughters boyfriend, and did my test shirt on my husband. I went strictly off of measurements, and they all fit perfectly. This pattern is extremely well drafted and the instructions are perfect. I would purchase any pattern from this designer. They know their stuff!!

  43. Loretta Lydon (verified owner)

    Great pattern, made for my brother who is tall and no longer has his lower back exposed!

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