Jade is here!

Please welcome my newest pattern, Jade! Designed for knit fabrics and featuring mix and match necklines and sleeves, this pattern will allow you to create tees for every season. Jade is the perfect layering piece for any wardrobe!



I’ve always viewed my women’s patterns as a collection, and in recent years when we released the Luna pant and the Cleo skirt, I’d find myself wishing I had a tee pattern to pair with them. This design seemed like a natural compliment to these two patterns especially.

The boatneck tee has always been one of my favorite knit designs. I’ve worn a steady stream of boatnecks in various styles and sleeve lengths since college. I always seem to gravitate toward them; there’s something super sexy about how it compliments the shoulders and draws your eye to the collarbone. They also seem to play well with every single cardigan I’ve ever owned.

Jade Tee sewing pattern

Four sleeves
I think you’ll love all of the sleeve options that come with this pattern! Each one has been carefully tested so you can pick whatever length you need for the season: short, elbow-length, 3/4-length, and long sleeves.

Jade Tee Boatneck sewing pattern / View A

Two necklines
Jade began as a boatneck-only concept, but recently I purchased a RTW ballet-top tee that had a scoop back neckline, and I knew I had to incorporate something similar for Jade, and so we added a subtle scoop front and scoop back neckline that became the “ballet” neckline, or View B of the pattern. We’ve included a separate facing finishing technique for the ballet neckline and optional facing pieces for View A, should you prefer that method to the unique self-finishing method that will be default for View A.

The beauty is in the details
For me the beauty of this pattern comes down to the details: the four sleeve length options, the wide but not-too-wide boatneck, the subtle scoop of the ballet back, the curved hem with a wider (so it won’t roll) hem, and both a self-finishing or a separate facing option for the neckline depending on your preference.

Jade Tee Sewing Pattern / View B ballet neckline

Mix and match
I’ve already started playing around with mixing and matching the necklines and sleeves; you could try a ballet front with a boatneck back (like the teal tee, second image from top), or a boatneck front with a ballet back (like the rose tee, top image), and of course the sleeves  work with any neckline combination you would like.

Go even further with Isla + Jade
The Isla pattern block was used as a starting point for Jade, which means also that Jade and Isla are interchangeable: Jade’s sleeves can be added to the Isla armholes (I know many of you are already excited about this from this post!!) and the Isla skirt can be attached to Jade, which I can’t wait to show you more of in future posts. You can purchase both Jade and Isla PDFs as a bundle here!

Print-at-home and copyshop files included
Jade is currently available as a digital sewing pattern in my shop. Your download link will include print-at-home pattern pieces as well as copy shop files (in both A0 and US formats), just like the rest of my women’s digital patterns.

Yardage and Materials
I’ve put together a Jade Page where you can find all of the blog posts and resources related to this pattern, plus all the charts for sizes, finished measurements, and yardage.


Share your photos!
I’d love to see what you make with this pattern! Please use the hashtags #mbrjade#madebyrae, or #raemademedoit share your photos! I also have a Made by Rae group on Facebook now, so if you’d like to be a part of the sewing community there, please request to join!

7 thoughts on “Jade is here!

  1. I am so excited to start using this pattern (and combine it with Isla)! But I need some help converting the recommended yardage amounts to 44″ wide fabric, please. So many knits I find are only 44″, not 54″. Thank you for your help!

    • Hi Anne!!
      I’ve never seen a 44″ wide knit — that’s so unusual! If they’re becoming more prevalent we will definitely consider adding yardage amounts for smaller widths. Where have you been seeing these widths on knits? I’d love to know!!!

      For Jade, add 1 yard to the fabric requirements for sizes XL-3; for sizes XXS-L, the pattern will use the same yardage for 44″ as for 54″ (you may have to turn one of the bodices upside down, however).

      For Isla, going to have to work on that and get back to you! Stay tuned!!

      Hope this helps!!

  2. Here it is! Another perfect MBR-pattern. Purchased, saved and printed. Sewing will as always be a pleasure 😉

  3. Love the Jade pattern with all the options. I just can’t bring myself to pay $16 and not get a paper pattern.

  4. I love it. Perfect for what I wear and want to have in more sustainable fabrics.
    What do you mean by separate facing finishing and self finishing?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Helen!
      The two views differ both in the cut of the necklines and in the manner in which the neckline is finished.

      View A has a default finish that involves using stay tape or tricot interfacing to stabilize the neckline, then folding it under and stitching it down (ie “self-finishing”). This means there is no separate neckband or facing piece involved.

      View B uses a facing (double folded neckband, flipped to inside and stitched down) to finish the neckline. The facing pieces are also included for View A as well so that if you prefer this method you can use it for View A too! Also: You don’t *have* to flip the neckline all the way to the inside; you can leave it visible if you’d like, as well!

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