Flashback Skinny Tee Sewing Pattern is here!


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. ย 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! Just make sure you select the correct size range in the dropdown menu when you purchase the pattern.

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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? Pleaseย email me.ย 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.

*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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24 thoughts on “Flashback Skinny Tee Sewing Pattern is here!

  1. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 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!”

  3. 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?

    • 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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 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!

  6. 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!


    • Hi Subha!
      I think the lycra rayon knits might work with the Flashback pattern — it’s worth a try!!

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Thanks for this awesome pattern! My goal is to learn to sew with knits this year and I plan to make this over and over until I get it perfect. My first attempt was pretty successful, but it’s a bit tight. My fabric was only 30% stretch. Is there a minimum stretch that you recommend for the main fabric? I know I just need to experiment with different knits.

    • Hi Caylan — I personally prefer knits with at least 50% stretch, but the more stretch, the more tricky they can be to sew with. I would shoot for something higher than 30% if I were you though!

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