Pattern and tutorial to sew a racerback mini dress

Pattern for a swing singlet

free pattern swing tunic racerback singlet tank top

I call this a swing singlet, but it could also be a flip tunic or a long racerback tank top or even a mini dress!. It’s currently a favourite wardrobe staple for me and because I wanted to make more I created a free sewing pattern for this swing singlet that can be worn over a dress, with jeans, or with leggings and is great for those days when you’re feeling a bit like you want to wear a sack but you still want to look cute.

I’ve created this pattern for your own personal use. You can make the flip tunic out of pretty much any kind of material because it just pulls over your head. The size is a ‘medium’, or Aus 12. Not quite sure how that translates to US sizing… Maybe 8 or 10?

Visit the below links to get the pattern in either A4 or US letter size.

Tutorial Instructions

What you need:

To make the flip tunic you need:

  • 1.5 metres of fabric (stretch or non-stretch)
  • matching cotton
  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • scissors
  • paper (for printing the pattern)
  • a printer

Prepare the pattern:

  • Download the pattern and print it at 100%. There is no overlap on the pattern pieces.
  • Stickytape the sheets together edge to edge.
  • Cut the pieces from the paper at the cutting (dotted line). The pattern includes some seam allowance.

Lay the pattern onto your fabric so that the front piece is laid out on a fold and the back piece can be anywhere.

Cut out the two pattern pieces. You will end up with 3 pieces of fabric.

Match up the centre of the back pieces (right sides of fabric together) and sew together. The back pieces are the longest edge and each makes up half of the racerback style.

Sew the side seams together. If you have an overlocker use it to finish your seams nicely.



Hemming the Flip Tunic Swing Tank

If you have an overlocker (serger) use this to sew around the armhole and bottom hem edges. If no overlocker you can use the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.

Turn and sew the hems neatly.

Iron the garment.

Now you’re finished!


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