Erin twist back tee

Erin twist back tee free PDF sewing pattern

The Erin twist back tee is a fun modification of the every day t shirt. Let the twist back detail of the tee be the highlight of your outfit. Pair it with simple, solid-colored bottoms, such as jeans or shorts. You can also pair the Erin twist back tee with comfortable, casual bottoms such as joggers or leggings for a relaxed, comfortable outfit.

Let’s have a look at the details of the Erin twist back tee:

Erin twist back tee
Erin twist back tee
Erin twist back tee

My pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL so you may find a suitable size for yourself. If you are not sure which size suits you, take a look at the measurement table before doing anything here: SIZE GUIDE.

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. This pattern is made for knit fabric – you can use jersey or other fabric with subtle stretchiness.
  • Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
  • Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
  • Printed pattern

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:

Erin twist back tee

You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern piece. 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.

The fabric will be cut into following pieces:

  • Front: cut 1 on the fold
  • Upper Back: cut 2 mirrored
  • Lower Back: cut 1 on the fold
  • Front Neckline Binding: cut 1
  • Sleeve: cut 2 mirrored

Place the pattern pieces on the fabric, pin the pattern pieces to the fabric to secure them in place. Using sharp scissors, carefully cut out the fabric pieces along the outer lines of the pattern. Take your time to ensure precise and clean cuts, as this will affect the fit and overall appearance of your blouse.

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.

Sewing instruction:

1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling. Because you are using knit, serging may be optional, but will create a more professional look for the garment.

2. Place two Upper Back pieces right side facing. Pin and sew the curve at the back (as marked in the image below). Turn it over and staystitch if needed. You will get the Upper Back piece with two “right” sides.

3. Pin one back side of the Upper Back to the Lower Back, matching the notch on the Lower Back piece. Twist the Upper Back piece so the other back side of the Upper Back align with the Lower Back piece. Pin and sew to join. Now you get the Back piece with the twisted detail.

4. Use Neckline Binding to finish the front neckline.

5. Place the Front and Back pieces right side facing. Sew the shoulder and side seams.

6. Sew the side seam of the Sleeve. Hem the Sleeve.

7. Turn the Sleeve inside out. Align the Sleeve to the armhole of the main garment, right side facing. Match the notches, pin and sew to attach the sleeve to the main garment.

8. Hem the remaining opening edges.

The Erin twist back tee is in fact an easy project to try for those who are new to sewing with knits. If you are still not confident in sewing with stretch fabric, refer to some tips on How to sew stretch fabric here.

And here is the download link:


To download just click on the link above and choose Save link as. The PDF file will be downloaded to your device.

Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns


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