How to Make a Halter Top Out of a Polo Shirt 2 Different Ways

Martina Pan
by Martina Pan
7 Materials
2 Hours

Are you ready to start thinking about summer? This thrift flip tutorial will get you in the mood for sure! Follow along to learn how to make a collared halter top from an old polo shirt.

You might not even have to go to a thrift store for the polo shirts – just root through some closets! There are two versions of the DIY halter top in this tutorial.

Tools and materials:

  • Old polo shirts
  • Halter top
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing pins
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine

DIY halter top 1

Seam ripping the sleeves off the polo shirt

1. Disassemble the polo shirt

Seam rip both side seams of the polo shirt to separate the front and back pieces and remove the sleeves as well. 

Cutting off the back at the collar

Then, complete the separation of the front and back by cutting along the top of the back to preserve the collar.

Tracing a halter pattern from an existing top

2. Create the halter front

Pin an existing halter on top of the front piece of your fabric (the piece that has the collar still intact). Cut out the outline of the halter including a seam allowance.

Trying on the halter top to adjust the hem

Try on the halter and adjust the hem length to wherever you want it to be.

Pinning the hem to make it symmetrical

Pin the hem to where you want it. Then, fold in and pin both sides of the halter, ensuring that the two sides are symmetrical.

If the two sides are not symmetrical, trim one side as necessary.

Pinning the DIY halter top

Here is the front piece, ready to sew.

Making a DIY halter neck crop top

3. Create the halter back

Lay the halter front on your leftover fabric and trace the bottom rectangle of the front piece onto the fabric. 

How to make a halter top

Cut the rectangle from the fabric adding seam allowance. Then, fold in and pin both long edges of the rectangle.

Making straps for the top

4. Create crisscross straps

From the leftover polo shirt fabric cut 2 rectangular strips measuring 2 x 80 centimeters (0.78 x 31.5 inches.) Iron the straps flat.

For each strap, fold both long edges into the middle.

Folding the straps

Now, fold the strap in half lengthwise with the inside facing in. 

Sewing the straps

Sew the strap closed along the open long edge.

Pinning the front and back pieces together

5. Attach all the halter pieces

With right sides facing, place the front and back pieces together lining up the bottom hems. 

Attaching the straps to the crop top

Insert the straps on each side at the bottom, between the front and back pieces.

Pinning and sewing the side seams

Pin and sew the side seams in place. 

Sewing the front and bottom of the later top

Finally, sew the front sides and bottom hems of the halter.

DIY halter crop top with straps

Here’s the final look!

DIY halter top 2

How to make a halter crop top

1. Create a V-hem halter

Disassemble and create the pattern for the V-hem halter following the same steps 1 and 2 above. But this time, when you are cutting out the halter front, extend the length to allow for the addition of the V-shape. 

Cutting the bottom hem into a V shape

Fold the bottom sides of the fabric into the center to create the triangle.

Checking the hem for symmetry

Fold the front in half lengthwise with the inside facing in and check the triangle for symmetry. Then, pin the triangle in place.

Creating the halter back

2. Create the halter back

Create the halter back as you did in step 3 above. 

Hemming the crop top

3. Hem

Hem all front and back edges before sewing the front and back together. Use a straight stretch stitch to allow for some give in the fabric if it is stiffer fabric.

How to sew a halter top

When sewing the V-hem, use a single line of stitching for the whole hem, pivoting the fabric at the point of the V.

Trim excess fabric from all hems.

Easy DIY halter top

4. Sew the front and back together

Pin and sew the front and back pieces together.

How to make a halter top

Here’s the final version of the V-hemmed halter.

How to make a halter top

They are both so cute and so summery! But they are also kind of classy looking with the polo collar. Leave a comment to let me know which easy DIY halter top you made and how it turned out.

Suggested materials:
  • Old polo shirts
  • Halter top
  • Thread
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