This skinny tee is my favorite pattern so far! The Flashback Tee is a not-too-tight (but definitely fitted) skinny tee sewing pattern for knits in sizes 12 months – 5T that you can customize in endless ways.

This sewing pattern is delivered via instant download as an 18-page PDF eBook with full color photographs and pattern pieces, a printable instruction summary sheet, and three alternate neck and hem finishes. You’ll find this pattern to be simple, easy to follow, and quick! Some experience sewing knits is highly recommended.  The digital eBook including pattern and instructions will be sent to your PayPal email address (please do not request that we forward to a different address. Thanks!) via instant download link as soon as payment is received.

UPDATE: Flashback Skinny Tee is now available in BIG KIDS sizes 6-14! For more information, click here.

$10 – Flashback Skinny Tee Sewing Pattern PDF
SIZES INCLUDED: 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T (click here for size chart)
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$10 – Flashback Skinny Tee for Big Kids (Sizes 6-14) Sewing Pattern PDF
SIZES INCLUDED: 5/6, 7/8, 9/10/, 11/12/ 13/14
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$16 – Flashback Skinny Tee Pattern Pack (Flashback Original + Flashback Big Kids)
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SELLING FLASHBACKS: Home sewists are welcome to sell handmade garments made from this pattern in your shops, craft fairs, etc. I’d appreciate pattern credit on tags and listings. No mass or factory production please. Questions? Please email me. Thanks!

For the main part of the shirt, a stretchy jersey, interlock, or 1×1 rib will work nicely. Upcycling old knit garments into new skinny tees works great too! You will also need less than a 1/4 yard of rib knit for the cuffs (stretchy jersey or interlock may also be substituted).


sewing machine (a serger is not needed, but you may certainly use one to sew/finish your seams)
ballpoint or stretch needle for machine
OPTIONAL: walking foot and/or double needle (see this post)

This is a “confident beginner” pattern. I’ve provided detailed step-by-steps, photos, and hints to help you along the way. However, I do recommend that you have at least some knowledge of and practice with sewing knits before you start (this pattern is not designed to teach someone how to sew with knits; it assumes that you have the experience and equipment necessary to sew simple knit seams with ease). A pretty big factor in all of this is having a decent sewing machine that can handle knits. You may find this post on hemming knits helpful as well. I’m always happy to help as best I can by answering your questions via email!

The skinny tee is designed to fit an average-sized child in each age range for as long as possible. For example: for an average-sized 2 year old, the 2T tee should be a bit big when the child turns two, and a bit more snug as they near the age of three. Please use the measurements on the size chart provided in the pattern to select the size you need (not necessarily the size your child normally wears). You can add/subtract 1″ at the bottom of both the body and sleeve when going up or down a size to adjust the length. The fabric you choose will also determine how fitted it is. Thin jerseys and knits with less stretch will usually give you a skinnier fit, while stretchy interlocks and knits with less recovery tend to fit a little looser.

This 18 page PDF becomes available to you instantly via a download link as soon as payment is received* (Click on teeny tiny “Continue to download” link after making payment. Just in case you miss that, another link is automatically sent to your Paypal email address, but please make sure your Paypal email is up-to-date or you risk not getting it!). A chart is provided on the first page of the file so that you can save paper and ink by printing just the pattern sheets you need.

*e-Check payments take roughly a week to process, so your pattern will not be sent instantly if you use e-Check. The pattern will be sent to you automatically as soon as your payment clears.


This skinny tee was featured on my blog in the following posts:

More Flashback Tees for my kiddos
Flashback Testing
Flashback Tee
Whale skinny tee
Flower Garden Dress (note: this is a dress variation, tutorial to come soon!)

And check out our Flashback Skinny Tee photo pool for even more awesome skinny tees!


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{Please read my purchasing/printing instructions first if you have never purchased an instant download PDF pattern before. Thanks!}

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26 Responses to Flashback Skinny Tee Sewing Pattern is here!

  1. Lauren says:

    Congrats on another awesome pattern!! I might have to get this one, too, when Harper gets a little bit older. I have some patterns of my own in the works, too, so I need to stay focused. Ahhh, but so many fun distractions! :)

  2. Fern says:

    I can’t wait to try it!!! I’ve been looking forward to you completing this pattern! :-)

  3. Erin says:

    Another fantastic pattern! I don’t know how you do it! Hopefully I’ll be able to pick this one up soon. I’ve loved your patterns thus far and I’m sure I can’t go wrong with your, “favorite pattern so far!”

  4. Sarah says:

    Awesome, it is mine! I’ve been waiting for the release… seems like so much more fun to refashion the Old Navy waffle knits my husband got for Christmas and doesn’t want than to return them to the store…

    Now for a question from a noob. When you sew garments for kiddos, do you use 100% cotton thread or a poly blend? Does it matter? I’ve just gotten into sewing clothes (via your irresistible Big Butt pants, thank you very much) and I’m frustrated with my seams popping open every couple of wearings, despite reinforcement and shorter stitch lengths… is the cotton thread my problem, or are babies just hard on their pants? Or should I be making friends with my zigzag stitch even for fabrics that aren’t stretchy?

    • Rae says:

      Hi Sarah!
      So to answer your question, I do not actually use the cotton thread (it’s less flexible), I use a poly thread, and for kid’s stuff I try and use something like Coats and Clark Dual Duty Plus because that stuff seems to really hold up well. Try it and see — I think you’ll find that helps, but yes, the babes are tough on their pants, no jokin around!! :)

  5. Kelli says:

    This is so stinkin awesome. I will be making these sometime for sure. Great work as always.

  6. Katie says:

    Hooray! Hurrah! It is such a great pattern!

  7. Kat says:

    I love your skinny tees! Actually, I love all of your patterns. I just don’t feel comfortable enough to sew some of them YET. :-)

  8. dana says:

    awesome! Great pattern! Congrats on cranking another one out. You are amazing :)

  9. Donna says:

    Can you make this into a v-neck?

  10. Kristi Hales says:

    I love this fabric on this skinny t shirt. The chevron print. Where did you get it?

  11. jackie says:

    i love it! where in the world are you finding all these amazing knits though?! mainly the top left and bottom right fabric? thanks for another darling pattern!

  12. Subha says:

    Hi Rae! Inspired by this pattern, I bought a ton of knit fabric. But I bought them online Because I have a newborn and can’t seem to get out! Problem is I didn’t know what I was doing and bought several knits with Lycra/rayon and now don’t know what to make with them. If u have any suggestions I would be super greatful!


  13. darlene says:

    love the skinny tee … NOW we neeeed (oh, ok, *I* neeed) the skinny tee in the next size range: 5-8 (or 10) … i would be a tester if yer lookin’ …. darlene

  14. Hi! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog.

    Is it hard to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about creating my own
    but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Cheers

  15. Cassandra says:

    I’m absolutely in love with this pattern! It’s just so versatile!!!
    I’d love for you to stop by and see how I’ve used it …
    and also here….
    Thanks so much xo

  16. [...] Flashback Skinny Tee- seriously y’all. My go-to t-shirt pattern. The end. [...]

  17. [...] Swingset Tunic, a pair of Parsley Pants with buttoned tabs for rolling them up, and a short-sleeved Flashback Tee.  I still have a pair of PJs in the works, and look forward to playing around with all the [...]

  18. [...] used the Flashback Skinny-T pattern from Rae, size 5, minus the sleeves. For the neck and arms binding I used a cotton knit [...]

  19. [...] to the PJs, the top is, once again, a short-sleeved Flashback Tee, and the shorts are Fancy Pants.  The cotton jersey is all lovely, soft Stenzo from [...]

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