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