ruffled halter: free downloadable pattern

We initially developed the Ruffled Halter pattern for the Spring 2010 issue of Stitch magazine. Now, thanks to the generosity of the Stitch editorial team, we’re able to offer it to you here as a free download.

This pattern is very easy to make and includes some unique construction methods. The ruffles are all cut on bias, which gives them a nice drape. The bias also means the bottom edge of the ruffle can be left unfinished so it will soften and fray just a little bit over time without getting all messy. If you make the halter with a stripe or plaid, you can have all sorts of fun with it. We made this sample to be photographed for Stitch in an orange gingham, but imagine all the interesting things you could do with alternating stripes!

Photo from the Spring 2010 issue of Stitch magazine

Here are a two more examples, one made in a single fabric and the other made using a different fabric for each ruffle.

Multiple fabric version

I’m quite proud of the construction we worked out for this pattern. It was a puzzle to find an elegant sewing method for the design, but the result is very easy to make and may surprise you at how it’s put together. For example, the top ruffle forms the casing for the tie while simultaneously finishing both the inside and outside of the halter beautifully. It’s a lot of fun to sew, and I hope you’ll try it.

I hope you’ll enjoy sewing this pattern and that you’ll post photos of your creations to the Flick group. And, again, we’re very grateful to Stitch for allowing us to offer this as a downloadable pattern.


  1. August 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm Link


    I was wondering if the printing instructions related to the Popover Sundress apply equally to the Ruffle Halter which has none. They state:

    Printing instructions: the pattern is provided as a PDF file sized specifically for 8.5 x 11 inch paper. To provide accurate sizing of the pattern when printing the file, ensure that the option for Page Scaling in Acrobat Reader’s print dialogue box is set to “None.”

    For the Ruffled Halter the default for Page Scaling is: Fit to printable area. Is that correct?


  2. July 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm Link

    I just made it !
    it’s so cute !
    many thanks !

  3. July 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm Link

    Yay!!! I just bought a top eerily similar to this for my 14 mo old at a consignment sale, and found it was too small when we got home. Now I can make one for her that I know will fit. Thanks so much!

  4. July 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm Link

    Very pretty I like


  5. June 27, 2010 at 3:23 am Link

    OMG this top is so gorgeous. I made it today for my 2 year old neice’s bday. Such a fantastic intuitive patter. I will blog about it later this week.

  6. June 19, 2010 at 2:09 pm Link
  7. June 12, 2010 at 9:28 am Link

    Thank you for sharing such a cute pattern!! I linked to your post on Craft Gossip Sewing:

  8. June 9, 2010 at 3:23 am Link

    Merveilleux modèle, facile à coudre en une après midi
    Wonderful model, easy to sew in one after noon

  9. June 7, 2010 at 9:00 am Link

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I downloaded this pattern off the magazine site but did not include instructions. My daughter requested for a halter top for this summer and I thought this would be just perfect! And I’d hoped to find this magazine in Hong Kong last week when we were there but couldn’t find it! Then voila! Can’t thank you enough!

  10. June 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm Link

    Super cute, thanks bunches for sharing this online!

  11. June 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm Link

    Thank you ~ from a loyal customer!

  12. June 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm Link

    Thanks so much, this is very generous…:)

  13. June 4, 2010 at 9:47 pm Link

    I also purchased the magazine, however I really wanted this pattern as it suited my verging on teenage daughters.
    I understand the position the Oliver+S company was in, one can hardly pop a free pattern in a publication and then tell its fans not to purchase it as they will be releasing it later.

  14. June 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm Link

    Thank you for the lovely pattern! I love the deep pink sandals on the older girl – can anyone tell me where I might be able to purchase them?

  15. June 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm Link

    I bought the magazine for the pattern too- and I haven’t made it yet either. However- I made 2 of those elephants and plan to make a couple of other things. So I am glad that I bought the magazine. Besides- after the popover dress became a free pattern a little while after it was released, I kind of expected that this one would be too. :)

    I am glad that it is free now though. My friend who just moved to Texas wants to make some clothes for her daughter and now we can each sew from the same pattern so I can help her if she needs it!

  16. June 4, 2010 at 8:00 am Link

    YaY!! I have two little girls that will love love love these! Thank you Leisl!

  17. June 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm Link

    I know how you feel, Heathir, I also bought it only for this pattern. However, I haven’t ended up using it yet and did make the adorable pink hedgehog for my friend who is expecting a little girl any minute! So, I’m still glad I bought it – I really enjoyed reading it. I’m glad everyone else gets to have it for free anyway.

  18. June 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm Link

    awesome!!!! I just clicked over to get the info on how to buy the pattern and voila! free. You totally made my day.

  19. June 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm Link

    For sure going to try this! Thanks for the download!

  20. June 3, 2010 at 10:47 am Link

    Thanks for sharing. That is super cute and would be great for my daughter over the summer….

  21. June 3, 2010 at 7:47 am Link

    Oh wow – another great Oliver + S freebie pattern. I can’t wait to try it (but I might have to wait until the Australian summer rolls around again).

  22. June 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm Link

    THANK YOU!!! I’ve been wanting a ruffled top like this for my girls and to find it for free just made my day! Looking forward to sewing this one soon.

  23. June 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm Link

    How cute! I’m excited to make this (although my little miss is only 2 months). I’m picturing 3 shades of linen. Mmm. Thanks!

  24. June 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm Link

    While part of me is excited to see the pattern offered here, another part (the one that bought the magazine) is a little annoyed.
    I may make some of the other patterns, but the ruffled halter pattern is the reason I bought this (rather expensive) magazine. It feels a bit as though I wasted my money now.
    It’s getting to where I’m less likely to buy pattern magazines because so many of the patterns end up available for free online.

  25. June 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm Link

    Oh thanks! I just bought some fabric to make this top.

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