Announcing the Cottonwood!

All the details about the Cottonwood Crop, Tee & Tunic.


It’s finally here! The Cottonwood Crop, Tee and Tunic! The very first pattern from Canyon Moon Studio. Here are all the juicy details on this pattern. And, keep reading for some discount codes for printing and fabric!



The Cottonwood Crop, Tee & Tunic may look like a basic shirt, but it has been designed to stay out of your way while you go about your day, whether you are out on an adventure or staying in. My idea of the perfect shirt is one that you can put on and forget about. Have you ever had a boxy shirt that rides up on your booty or gives a view straight down your shirt when you bend over or lift your arms? This shirt is designed to avoid those issues. I hope this is your perfect shirt as well! 

The Cottonwood is a loose fitting knit shirt finished with neckline and sleeve bands. The Crop and Tee versions have a 1.5” hem and the curved hem of the Tunic version is finished with a facing. The Crop version is designed to hit right at the top of high-waisted pants, but you can use the lengthen/shorten lines to adjust as needed. The Tee version is hip length and the Tunic hits upper to mid-thigh, depending on your height. 

Megan wears the cropped version of the Cottonwood tee Megan wears the cropped version of the Cottonwood tee


The Cottonwood is drafted with proportional ease but graded with standard ease. What does that mean exactly? The base size (D and J) for each size range was drafted to have approximately 20% positive ease. Then, those base sizes were graded up and down the size range with a 2” increase between sizes. You can find more information about our sizing here

How does this affect the fit? This method ensures that the style is more consistent across the entire size range. However, this means that the three overlapping sizes F, G, and H are larger in the Moon size range than in the Canyon. Because of the “grown on” (rather than sewn on) sleeves, the sleeve length is mid-bicep in the Canyon size range and lower bicep to elbow length in the Moon size range. 

If you fall into the three overlapping sizes, you can use the finished garment measurements to determine which size range you would prefer. If you identify as plus size, you will probably prefer the fit of the Moon size range. Like all of our patterns, the Cottonwood was designed and fit on our plus size fit model first!

Megan and Alex are wearing Cottonwood Tunics


Most knit fabrics should be suitable for the Cottonwood. The fabric should have at least 10% stretch along the cross-grain. Cotton and linen knits will give a boxier fit, while rayon or bamboo knits will give a drapier fit. Not suitable for stripes (of course you can use them, but the stripes won’t match at the side seams). 

Other Information

The Cottonwood can be completely sewn on your regular home sewing machine. Directions are also included for using a serger and coverstitch machine. In addition to the fabric, you will need matching thread and a ballpoint or stretch needle. A double needle is optional. 

This pattern is a digital download that will be available in the a continuous large format that is 36” wide, a large format A0 file, and formatted for a home printer. 

A sample pattern instructions page

Discount Codes!

For a short time, you can use the code “CANYON15” for a 15% discount on printing at Blue Cup Shop! Thank you, Laquana!!

Hacer Santa Fe will have paper copies available in store starting on Sunday, June 25th and is running a 20% off sale on all knits both in store and online through Sunday. The code is SOL23 on the website. Thanks, Laura!!

From the Pattern Testers

“I feel you have drafted this pattern just for me. I have never felt so comfortable in a make as the Cottonwoods that I have made, and it’s such a quick make as well.  Often pattern designers really draft for much smaller bodies and then grade up and somehow this doesn’t balance right on my short but round body!  I haven’t even had to lower the neckline and I find I have to do that on most round neck patterns I use!” 

“It was such a quick and enjoyable make, I can see this being my go to pattern for all my tee shirts. I especially liked the grown on sleeve, which covers enough shoulder and upper arm so it isn’t a vest top, but I didn’t have to cut and stitch a sleeve.”

“Really great and easy pattern!”

“I really like this pattern. In fact, I think I'm going to start my second one later today.”

“It will be my go to Tee pattern.”

“Two hours from spreading the fabric, and doing some serious Tetris with scraps, to pressed hem. A total winner”!

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