How to Make a DIY Choker Top & Pants Set From Scuba Fabric

7 Materials
$15
45 Minutes
Easy

In this sewing tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a DIY choker top and pants set out of scuba fabric (neoprene).


I love sewing my own clothes, but I don’t like things that are fussy and overly complicated. This DIY is not like that; it is very straightforward and easy to do, so follow along with me and let’s get sewing!

Tools and materials:

  • 2 yards of scuba fabric (neoprene)
  • Pants
  • Short-sleeved top
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Fabric marker
  • Sewing machine
Tracing the existing pants

1. Cut around pants

Place your pants on the fold of the fabric you’re working with and cut around them. Leave the fold uncut.


Tip: You can also trace around them first and then cut if you find this easier.

Cutting out the pattern for the pants

2. Cut a second piece

Unfold the material you just cut out, place it on the fabric and cut out a second piece.

Pinning the crotch of the pants

3. Pin the crotch

Place the two pieces, one on top of the other with the right sides facing, and proceed to pin the crotch area.

How to sew pants

4. Sew

Sew only the pinned area.

Pinning the leg seams on the pants

5. Pin the legs

Turn the fabric around so that the sewn area runs down the center of the crotch. Start pinning at the crotch and pin all the way down.

Tracing the top pattern

6. Trace the top

Place your top on top of the fabric. Trace your top and adjust the design to your requirements.


Tip: Use a washable pen that is made for tracing on fabric.

Cutting out the top pattern

7. Cut out the top

When you’ve finished tracing, proceed to cut out your design, leaving a seam allowance. Then, when you have cut out the piece, use it to cut a second piece. These pieces will be the front and back of your top.


Tip: When cutting out the second piece, you can pin the first piece to it to prevent it from sliding around.

Modifying the bottom to make it curved

8. Pin and make changes

Pin the two pieces together and modify anything that you would like to change; here, I’m making a curved bottom. 

Pinning the to, ready to sew

9. Sew and hem the top

Continue to sew the pinned areas and hem the curve.

Cutting out the sleeve pattern

10. Cut out the sleeves

Place the sleeve on the fold, trace it, and cut. Repeat for the other sleeve.

Hemming the pants

11. Hem the pants

Sew the pinned part of the pants as well as the sides of the sleeves opposite the fold. Once done, fold up the bottom of the pants to create a hem, pin it into place and sew.


Do the same thing with the waist at the top of the pants: fold the top part over, pin it into place, and sew.

Cutting and hemming the neckline

12. Cut and hem the neckline

Now cut out the neckline, and when done, again make a fold and sew it to create a hem.

Cutting the pattern for the choker

13. Cut and sew the choker

Cut out a strip of fabric (enough to go round your neck) and make sure it is the same width all the way down. Then fold it lengthwise with the right sides touching each other and pin together.


Proceed to sew, leaving an opening at one end.

Turning the choker right sides out

14. Turn right side out

Pull the fabric through the opening to turn it right side out. This may take a while, but you will get the hang of it.

Joining the ends of the choker together

15. Join the ends

Sew both ends together to form a circle.

Sewing the choker to the top

16. Sew the top together

Place all the pieces inside out, then pin them together and sew. Attach the neckband to the back of the neckline, pin it into place and sew it down there.

DIY choker top & pants set

DIY choker top & pants set

Here is the finished look! I love matching sets, and this one here looks gorgeous. I particularly like the choker neck and the open neck area between it and the neckline.

How to make a DIY choker top & pants set

This outfit was very easy to make, and it has a seamless finish. I hope you’ll give it a try!

Suggested materials:
  • 2 yards of scuba fabric (neoprene)
  • Pants
  • Short-sleeved top
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