Pattern delivered as an electronic download.
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. The instant-download sewing pattern comes to you 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.
12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T
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!
A NOTE ABOUT FIT
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.
Format: PDF File - Available for Instant Download
Pages: 20 (Instructions + Illustrations - 12, Pattern Sheets - 8)
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