Allison twisted waist shirt – free PDF sewing pattern

Allison twisted waist shirt - free PDF sewing pattern


I am sharing the pattern for a t-shirt with a twist (literally). I was trying to look for something less basic but still easy enough for beginner, and the Allison twisted front shirt is just the perfect choice! It is based on the basic sweat shirt, and with just some more work, an added detail gives the garment character. No more plain sweatshirt – wear this beauty with your jeans for a stylish outfit!

Allison twisted waist shirt - free PDF sewing pattern
This is an image of a similar design made of velvet. I think it’s a bit bulky but worth having a look 🙂

As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, so you will find yourself a suitable size. You can also lengthen or shorten the hemline to get your desired length – you can even make a maxi skirt from this pattern.

The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.

You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!

Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.


You will need

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Printed pattern

What fabric can be used for this project? This design can be made with knit fabric because it needs some stretch for the neck, sleeve cuffs and twisted waist.

How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.

Cutting instruction:

After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:

Allison twisted waist shirt - free PDF sewing pattern

You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.

Fabric will be cut into following pieces:

  • Front: cut 1 pc on the fold
  • Back: cut 1 pc on the fold
  • Sleeve: cut 2 pcs
  • Sleeve Cuff: cut 2 pcs
  • Neckline Binding: cut 1 pc

Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.

The fusible interfacing is optional. It is used to make the collar stiffer and stay true to shape, but omitting it will not cause you too much trouble.

Sewing instruction:

1. Serge the fabric to prevent the sides from unraveling.

2. Fold the center curve at the hem of the Front piece and sew a narrow hem (pictured).

Allison twisted waist shirt - free PDF sewing pattern

3. Now you look at the Front, you will see that there are two “tails” hanging down. Place one “tail” over the other, match the short end of the tail with the side seam, pin toward the center front. The other tail will be “trapped” in a loop. You will see that you cannot completely close the loop but be sure to make it as small as possible. Sew the tail to the main part of the Front piece. Repeat with the other one. Now you get the twisted waist. (I’m not good with explaining with words, so I tried to make an image, but it does not look that good either, hope you will understand by trying a few times lol).

Allison twisted waist shirt - free PDF sewing pattern

4. Hem the Back.

5. Place the Front (with twisted waist done) and Back right side facing. Pin and sew the side seams and shoulder seams.

6. Sew the side seam of the sleeve.

7. Sew the side of the cuff. Fold it into half with the seam allowance folded in.

8. Turn the sleeve inside out. Place the folded sleeve cuff onto the opening of the sleeve. Pin and sew to attach the cuff to the sleeve. Pull the sleeve cuff so it will stretch and match the sleeve opening. Do it with both sleeves.

9. Place the sleeve and the armhole right side facing. Match all notches. Pin and sew to attach the sleeve to the garment. Do it with both sleeves.

10. Sew the two short ends of the neckline binding. Fold it into half. Pin it to the neckline of the main garment and sew to attach. Staystitch to keep the neckline smooth.

And here is the download link:


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