How to Make a DIY Strappy Backless Top You Can Tie Multiple Ways

Mset Fashion Design
by Mset Fashion Design
11 Materials
1 Hour

A sexy satin backless top you can wear at least 3 different ways? Yes, please! This easy DIY backless satin top is a knockout with the sheen and chic that only a satiny fabric can give. This backless top pattern is super simple and you can totally make this by hand. Let me show you how to make this gorgeous DIY backless top.

Tools and materials:

  • Satin fabric
  • Pins
  • Tailor’s chalk or washable marking pen
  • Measuring tape
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hemming tape (optional)
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Iron
  • Safety pin

Make sure to use a stretch fabric. You can use new or upcycle a satin fabric.

Making straps for the top

1. Make the straps

Cut 2 very long straps 1 inch wide that are at least 25 inches long.

DIY straps

You can make them longer if you prefer.

Baste stitching the short ends

Fold and baste stitch in the short ends.

Sewing the straps

Fold the long edges into the center. Fold the strap in half. Sew along the entire length.

Sewing the short ends closed

Sew the short ends closed.

Measuring the neckline

2. Measure yourself

Measure your neckline across the top of your bust.

Measuring under the bust

Measure the length by measuring from your neckline down to under your bust.

Measuring the bust

Measure the fullest part of your bustline from one side to the other. Use ribbons to mark these measurements.

Making the DIY backless top pattern

3. Make the pattern

If you’re using new fabric, check where the selvage is. Use the fabric on the bias. Pin the neckline ribbon.

Pinning ribbon down the center

Pin the length ribbon down the center.

Tracing the outline

Pin the bustline ribbon. Trace the outline. Mark the centers and keep the center ribbon in place.

Connecting the marks

Connect the neckline and under the bust measurement with a slight diagonal line.

Cutting out the pattern

Fold from the center. Pin in place. Cut out with ½ inch seam allowance.

DIY backless top pattern

Cut 2 pieces.

Sewing the top

4. Sew the top

Lay the two pieces right sides together. Match the centers at both the top and bottom. Pin them together.

How to sew a backless top

Sew across the top, sides, and bottom leaving a 1 ½ inch opening at the bottom. Leave a ¼ inch unsewn at each of the 4 corners.

Cutting notches

Cut 3 notches on both sides seam allowance.

Cutting off squares from the top corners

Cut a ¼ inch square off of both top corners.

Cutting a slant on the bottom corners

Cut a slant on both bottom corners.

Applying hemming tape

If you have hemming tape, cut a few pieces. Open the seam allowance on top and along the sides. Tape the seam allowances down at the top and bottom of each side on both sides of the top.

Pressing the seam allowance

If you don’t have hemming tape, you can use pins or a small basting stitch to hold the seam allowance open. Press with the iron to flatten.

DIY backless top tutorial

This helps keeps the corners beautifully neat and professional looking. Turn the top right side out from the unsewn space at the bottom.

Pressing the top and adding a topstitch

Press the entire top nice and flat. Topstitch along both sides about ½ inch from the edge. 

Sewing the bottom closed

Sew the bottom space closed. 

Finishing the backless top

5. Finish the top

Insert the straps through the side channels with a safety pin.

Here are a few different ways to style the top:

Tying the backless top in a halter style

Halter: Tie the top string around your neck. Tie the bottom string across your back.

Tying the backless top in a bra style

Bra-style: Fold down the top straps down. Fold up the bottom of the top strap make a ½ inch opening.

Different ways to wear a backless top

Pin and sew the loops into place. Insert the bottom straps through the loops and tie closed.

Tying the backless top in a criss-cross style

Criss-Cross: Pull the strings up leaving about an inch at the bottom.

How to wear a backless top

Fold this up to make a ½ inch loop. Pin and stitch to secure. Pull the strings through in an X pattern.

How to style a backless top

You can either tie across the back or wrap around the waist and tie in the front.

Gathering the sides for a better fit

Before wearing or while you put it in on, slightly gather in the sides to adjust for a better fit.

DIY backless top

DIY backless top tutorial

You’ve just made a sexy DIY backless satin top. Please let me know in the comments how easy it was for you and how many compliments you got when wearing it.

Suggested materials:
  • Satin fabric
  • Pins
  • Tailor’s chalk or washable marking pen
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