Breaking the Pattern – Ruska T-shirt

While I am still making my way through the first Named sewing book, they have now released their second book ‘Building the Pattern‘. I pre-ordered my copy, so the pressure is on to keep on sewing all the patterns from the first book!

In my opinion, you can never have enough basic T-shirt patterns that fit well. For me, the T-shirt pattern to end all T-shirt patterns is the Sewaholic Renfrew, but the Ruska T-shirt is also a great staple.

The project

The Ruska pattern from Breaking the Pattern is actually 4 patterns in one; a straight knit dress with side slits, a front-knot dress, a basic t-shirt and a tunic dress. And there are actually 2 collar options and 3 sleeve options. So there are 24 possible combination (did I do the math right?)

I used the regular collar option and the curved short sleeve.

The Ruska pattern is for knit fabrics, and depending on the project, you can go for a stable knit or a more drapey knit.

The Ruska patterns have a high neckline, so actually great for winter and shoulder season.


Sewing the T-shirt is pretty straightforward. The only thing that differs from other T-shirt patterns is the center front seam (which you can omit easily). I didn’t finish the seam allowance on the center front because with a stable knit like the one I used, there is no fraying, and I don’t particularly like the feel of overlock thread on my skin.

I made a straight size 4, and although I feel I could add 2 cm of length, it’s perfectly fine as is.


A great basic pattern, that will most definitely be made again in the future.


PatternBreaking the Pattern – Ruska T-shirt
FabricCotton jersey from De Stoffenkamer
Dark blue knit rib for the collar

You can find a lot more versions of the Ruska T-shirt on instagram with the #ruskatshirt or #ruskashirt

You can find my other projects from the Breaking The Pattern book here.

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