Best of Fall Patterns {Flashback Skinny Tee Giveaway!}

So far we’ve had some pretty amazing reviews, haven’t we? We’ve seen the Lucy Tunic, the School Days Jacket, and some Dragon Puppet Mittens. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a little TOO much fun pressing “Pay Now” on the Shwin Designs digital patterns. (Sorry, honey).

Speaking of patterns, don’t forget to sign up for the Shwin Designs giveaway! They are giving away THREE patterns to one random winner. Awesome, right!? 

And make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post for more goodies. This time we are giving away some Flashback Skinny Tee patterns! 


Well, today you get to hear about one of my favorite patterns for Fall. The only problem I had in pulling this together is that we aren’t having very Fall-like weather around these parts. In fact, it was 101 degrees today. Yes, you read that right: 101!

Southern California’s “Fall” weather often calls for little more than a light long-sleeved tee or cardigan. Sometimes my kids wear hoodies, but that’s mostly in the dead of winter.

I’m sure it’s not much of a surprise, but one of my very favorite (and most in-use) patterns is Made by Rae’s Flashback Skinny Tee. My cutting table looks like a FBST assembly line as we speak.

Let’s take a look at how I’ve used this pattern in the past:

1. The Jess Cardigan  2. Long sleeved FBST  3. Green and white FBST  4. Pink ruffled FBST 

For KCWC last week I made Hudson a Space version, at his request. If you haven’t heard yet, he’s in love with space.

Fabric was purchased from The Fabric Fairy
This shirt has everything a shirt needs: rockets, astronauts, planets and stars. I think this is the perfect fabric for a FBST because it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and somehow, reminds me of the 80s and so do skinny tees. 
If you’ve been watching the KCWC flickr pool lately, you already know that the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern is a hot topic. Before this pattern ever came out I remember thinking, “If only I could find an easy t-shirt pattern for beginners, I would make a million shirts for my kids.” And then this pattern came out and I did.
The Flashback Skinny Tee pattern costs $10, which is a little more than I usually spend on digital patterns (around $6), but let me tell you why it’s worth it. While I might spend $5-6 on another pattern and only use it once, I use the FBST all the time. It is my go-to pattern for fun and comfy tops for my kids. I’ve used both the little kid (sizes 12mo-5T) and big kid (6T-14) versions.
The FBST pattern can be altered to make long or short sleeve tees, dresses, hoodies, or cardigans like Abby’s above. Check out Rae’s FBST flickr pool for ideas

If you want to learn how to sew with knits, but are scared to get started, I definitely suggest this pattern as a good one to start with. The directions are clear and I’ve always had great results. You can use either a regular sewing machine, a serger, or both.

Do you like how I’m just throwing random pictures of Hudson holding planets into this post? Anyone recognize these from his space party?? You may also remember Hudson’s shorts from this post
Finally, if you live in a warm climate like ours (or… pretty much any climate) long-sleeved tees are good to have around. They are perfect for layering and throwing on under a hoodie when the weather hits an extreme low, like 60 degrees. I know my kids will be wearing these a lot this Fall and Winter.
Now on to the really great stuff! Rae has offered us some free Flashback Skinny Tee patterns! Today, tomorrow AND Saturday you will have a chance to win a little kid or big kid FBST digital pattern. You have until midnight PST on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd to enter the giveaway. ONE winner will be chosen from the comments in this post, but be sure to check back tomorrow and Saturday for more chances to win. 
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below and answer me this:
What is your child’s favorite “thing,” and do you ever sew for your child with that in mind? (Hudson’s is outer space, for example). Good luck!

He wanted me to show you his planets one more time.

Giveaway Rules: Please, only ONE comment per person. Leave your email address if you are posting as “anonymous” so I can get ahold of you if you win.  You can leave it like this: cailamade (at) gmail (d0t) com.  If you forget to leave your email address in the comment, please DELETE the first comment and then write another one. Thank you for playing along! 🙂


  1. says

    Can you believe I don’t have this pattern? I need it! I love your space one, that is one of my kid’s things too. Also, bats and Michael Jackson 🙂

  2. says

    My daughter’s favorite “thing” is anything pink. I am lucky enought to be able to throw in a bit of pink in anything and my daughter will wear it. Would love to have a pink flashback tee!

  3. says

    My boys love dinosaurs! I have made my oldest the dino hoodie w/ stegasaurs spikes and a dino tail…..he loves ’em. Yours turned out sooo cute and I’d love to win a copy of this pattern since I see it all over blogland!

  4. Anonymous says

    my oldest sons favorite things are pirates,Knights,and cats and yes I deff sew things for him with those in mind ! My youngest is only 6 months so at the moment he gets whatever mommy feels like making for him lol

  5. says

    This would be perfect for my boys! Jack loves superheros, so I’m always sewing capes and outfits. Will loves butterflies, so I’m working on a boyish butterfly costume. This pattern would be awesome for a basic shirt! Thanks!

  6. says

    Right now my daughter’s things seem to be hedgehogs and cats. I haven’t worked either of those into her clothes yet, but I keep meaning to!

  7. says

    My son loves everything “heavy machine” & vehicles- john deere, excavator, truck, front loader, tractor,,,,etc. so I buy fabrics with these in mind every chance I get. He’ll definitely love flashback Ts in the themes he loves!
    Thanks for the chance to win the pattern.

  8. says

    Avery loves Hello Kitty right now so I made her a Hello Kitty flannel pillowcase with instructions I found on Pinterest (woot woot). I’m not brave enough to tackle clothing. I’m a newbie on the sewing machine. Straight lines and easy fabric please. haha

  9. says

    My granddaughter loves anything babies and my grandson loves anything superheroes:) yes, I sew with their favorites as much as I can:)

  10. says

    My daughter is pretty girly. When I redecorated her new room I used Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line to make a book sling, bunting and table cloth. Tillie loves all the pretty colors and dolls.

    amberleugs at gmail

  11. says

    My son’s favorite thing(s) are his 3 stuffed dogs and while I haven’t sewn him anything with dogs, I really want to get some doggie fabric and make him an outfit!

  12. says

    My son is in love with cars at the moment, yes he’s 4. I haven’t really sewn anything for him that involves that yet, but I see a project coming in the future.

    Terrastreasures1 at gmail dot com

  13. says

    I definitely try to sew things that my girls are into…helps ensure that they actually wear the things I make them! Would looove to win this pattern!

  14. says

    My daughter’s favorite thing is bears – any bear! I’ve sewn a few things with that in mind, but there’s only so many bear-eared hoodies once child can have.

    But, she’s only two and will wear most everything I make still.

  15. says

    All of my kids have favorites whether it is color: green, blue x2, pink, rainbow, and purple and things like strawberries, Paris, princesses, elephants, ladybugs, basketball, and football. I am always on the hunt for fabrics that represent the things they love. I would love this pattern. Thank you!!

  16. Dina says

    My older son’s thing changes so quickly it is often hard to make something before he has moved onto a new topic. My younger son’s thing is music and I do use some music themes for him. My daughter is a baby so she gets what I like at the moment.

  17. says

    My daughter is only 7 months, so I can’t say she has a “favorite” thing yet, but she IS obsessed with anything that makes music so I see a lot of music-related sewing in our future. Right now, I’m just sewing her more practical things – lots of bibs and warm pants for winter. Thanks for the chance to win! catherinemgagnon {at} gmail {dot} com.

  18. says

    I’m a beginner at sewing, but I find it more and more addictive.My daughter is in love with girly colors, refuses to wear anything but pink, purple, red. Sometimes we can agree on shades of green and blue, but i have to add girly details on those as well. My son loves everything about vehicles and animals, especially sea animals. I’ve sewn a whale for him, which he loves, became his best friend. My little daughter is only 7 months old, her favourite activity is chewing her doll I made for her.

  19. says

    My kids’ “things” change so often it’s hard to keep up! Right now it’s fairies for my daughter, tree forts for my oldest son, and tools for the toddler.

  20. says

    My daughter is obsessed with butterflies so we went to the fabric store and bought 5 different (but coordinating, thank goodness!) buttefly motif fabrics and threw them together into a twirl dress that she insists on wearing every day (thank goodness for wash days..and thank goodness for a new pattern to try something new!)

  21. says

    My daughter is obsessed with elephants and the color pink and ballet; my son is obsessed with Winnie the Pooh and playing ball! I’d love to get my hands on the “big kid size” FBST!! Perfect pattern, love the space shirt!

  22. says

    I would love that pattern! My boys and girl are into Inspector Gadget right now (thanks, you tube!). Lots of magnifying glasses running around the house! Thank you!
    Kmomisme (at) yahoo (dot) com

  23. says

    Well Silas hasn’t arrived yet, so can only guess at his favorite things at this point. If he takes after his daddy is see guitars in his future. I’m thinking this skinny tee in a solid drk blue with a grey ish silver guitar in “poor mans screen print” would be perfect. I hope to win the pattern, I’d love to see if I can adapt it to make a onsie out of it. Haven’t come across many long sleeve onsie patterns. 🙂

  24. says

    For right now, my daughter’s favorite thing is anything long-sleeve, especially long sleeve dresses. I have been trying to make her clothes with this in mind, especially if it is purple, as that is her favorite color!

  25. says

    My boys love anything with equipment, trucks, and firetrucks. And one boy loves reds and the other boy loves blues and aquas. So I’m always on the look-out for those kinds of fabric. They also love to go to the fabric store and pick their own fabric. I love that shirt and would love to make some for my boys. I haven’t done alot of sewing with knits yet… But am planning on making some clothing out of knits this winter. Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

  26. says

    I’ve heard so much about this pattern, I’d seriously LOVE to have it! It just seems super great! The space one is so fun! I love sewing something knowing that you know they will love it & wear it!!

  27. says

    Oh yes! My grandson loves dinosaurs and my granddaughter loves anything pink or purple. The pink or purple is easy, but sometimes it is hard to find a dinosaur print, so I also do a cute applique.

  28. says

    I usually sew for my nephew, but he is too young to have any favorites yet. As soon as he does I will definitely incorporate those when sewing for him. I absolutely love this pattern!!

  29. says

    My son loves “number shirts”- that is, jerseys with a name and number on the back. Most likely due to Daddy’s borderline-insane obsession with college football. (go Blue!) so being the dutiful mom that I can be when I’m in the right mood, I went to Michael’s and bought a bunch of iron-on letters and numbers, which I then proceeded to attach to his t-shirts. Yes, almost every one. Was it worth it? Well, besides the little burst of joy every parent gets from seeing their kid’s face light up, we now have zero clothing battles in the morning when getting ready for preschool. Yes, I’m all about the win-win.

  30. says

    I gotta get my hands on this pattern!!! My daughters favorite things are dresses- I’d love to make a flashback skinny dress for her :). In pink of course!

  31. says

    Currently, my son’s favorite thing is “dinosaurs.” Does he want an easy sauropod on his shirt? No, he wants a tarbosaurus – lots of sharp and pointy turns. Hmmm. Will have to think on that one.
    Just bought the little kid flashback and would loooove the big kid one too! 🙂

  32. says

    I am almost brave enough to try knits so I’ve been considering this pattern!. I think it would be more fun to win it! 🙂 My daughter’s favorite thing is her stuffed monkey, Ruby. Yes… I’ve just finished monkey ears and tail for my daughter’s costume because she wants to BE Ruby for Haloween!

  33. says

    Olivia is into superhero (all kids are now..right?) and trying to sew or using other creative methods to make a wonder woman outfit.

  34. Anonymous says

    My sons love dinosaurs, so I’ve sewn them both dino PJ’s and dino bags.
    My eldest’s interest is moving towards space/planets etc now, so I think his next set of PJ’s may
    I also include them in the fabric choices for their summer shirts: I make a rough selection at first and then they each get to choose 2 or 3 fabrics.

    And my daughter has just entered her pink phase…. I must admit I am not so inclined to sew her a whole pink wardrobe! So I try to just add a pink accent here or there, or pick a print where pink is one of the colors, not the sole color.

    sushi (at) telenet (d0t) be

  35. says

    Fortunately my girl is only 18 months and doesn’t have anything that she majorly loves so she gets to wear whatever mummy makes her!!

  36. says

    both my girls like large scale florals- not really my thing, but i like to keep that in mind. they also prefer short sleeves instead of long- definitely am mindful of that one.