Sailor Shorts & Ruffled Halter

Sailor Shorts & Ruffled Halter

I had to have this shorts pattern when I saw it. I knew it would be perfect for a sailor shorts & ruffled halter outfit I’ve been envisioning. My niece has a pageant coming up. Her casual-wear is patriotic themed. I imagine something vintagey and beachy. Kind of like a 1940’s swimsuit. But sailor-y.

Sailor Shorts & Ruffled Top | SewsNBows

I made this outfit as a wearable muslin because I’m scared to cut into my fancy fabric on an indie pattern company I’ve never used before. That’s why you see cheetah and polka dots instead of anything remotely sailor-y.

Anybody else having this problem? I’ve had diaper fit issues with a few different PDFs lately. Maybe Sof just has a big butt. Even in big girl undies, half her butt hangs out when she bends over. I almost died laughing during this photo shoot; and kept dropping stuff for her to pick up. Poor little girl didn’t quite know what was so funny!

I love the pattern though, and it’s a totally easy fix. I’ve already adjusted the fit, and made second muslin. Alas, these shorts are not wearable. Sad face.

She’s like,”leave my freakin’ shorts alone!”

The top is a vintage pattern that came in one size-2T. You can see it’s a little wide, I’ve adjusted the fit on my next muslin as well.

I name all my outfits I make…because I’m a total whack job.

The adjusted version is called the Ice Cream SoirĂ©e. It’s so much better, really!

As much as I love Sofie’s sweet little tummy, I don’t think so much of it needs to hang out. So the new improved version is graded for a diaper, higher waisted, and adorable.

I can’t wait to show you this outfit all “fixed”!

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Fort Worth Fabric Studio

    What a fun little outfit, I can completely see this in the sailor theme! I can’t wait to see all of your improvements!

    Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
    Fabric Frenzy Friday

  2. kelly thompson

    this is sweet and by the way, is there a link in your blog posts that I could click on when they are emailed out? for instance when I get your post in my email, I don’t see a place to click to lead me to your blog so I can leave a message- I have to put your address in the address bar and search for your blog to leave a message- tough work I know, i know- but I was just wondering if I am missing something to click on to go directly to you to say how cute your things are- sorry for the long dissertation!

  3. Kathe

    Sweetest little model ever Amy! That outfit she is sporting is adorable too :-) Thank you for sharing it at the party this week. I am featuring it on my Facebook page and have pinned it to the You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday board on Pinterest :-)

  4. Buttons

    There is nothing wrong with naming your outfits! Stitches always does, and I would except I just hate naming things and can’t ever come up with anything. That is super cute and I can’t wait to see your new and improved version!

  5. Mel

    You’re the queen of cuteness and she is just adorable in all her ruffles :)

  6. Diana Rambles

    Adorable~! Thanks for linking up. I used to sew clothes with a lady who made cloth diapers. They were unique patterns that had a HUGE bum to them.

  7. Amy of while wearing heels

    ADORABLE. I love that you name all of your outfits. I find that endearing. And, I had to giggle that you were purposely dropping things for your adorable niece to pick up for you. How funny! Glad you are pattern savvy enough to adjust for diaper fit. You rock!

  8. The MadMama

    I’m also looking forward to seeing the final product! You crack me up! Your poor little niece must think you’re crazy! ;) Great job. Even with the pattern not working out, it looks adorable! You rock! :)

  9. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    I don’t sew for littles…but I always pop by for my ‘sweetest little girl ever’ fix! She is so dang cute, I can’t stand it! Looking forward to seeing Ice Cream Soiree again.

    Sue xo

  10. Pam

    It’s disappointing when patterns don’t fit and you’ve spent money on them. Just as well you did the practise. The shorts really are very cute, or will be when they fit properly.

  11. Margaret

    Adorable – outfit and the model

  12. ingrid@nowathomemom

    poor thing! I’m sure she was wondering why is she dropping things! ha!ha! :-)
    she is too cute and those eyes are so beautiful! the outfit is already pretty but can’t wait to see the ‘better version’ :-) I’m sure it will look nice, I also love that you name your outfits! good idea! and the name is fun ‘Ice Cream Soiree’ :-)
    wish you a great weekend my friend! :-)

  13. Rachel

    The final on this will be so cute! You can see the potential. Bummer on the fit- those aren’t size for a diaper at all- maybe they have really high diaper training expectations :p

  14. gina

    Can’t wait to see your new and improved outfit!! This is so cute and will be even better when you fix the sizing! The bottoms may be falling but the top seems to fit well; Sophie could wear a little tank to cover her little tummy. Hope you have a great weekend!! We are melting in the heat here :)


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