2 Super-Cute DIY Halter Tops to Make For the Perfect Summer Vibes

Villamor Twins
by Villamor Twins
12 Materials
3 Hours

Looking for a great way to make something stylish in the summer? We have the perfect DIY halter top for you! Learn how to sew a halter top in two different styles. Sewing a halter top is fairly easy, though it does require basic sewing skills. It’s also quick and cheap to make. Let’s go!

Tools and materials:

  • Spandex fabric
  • Fabric
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Safety pin

Cropped DIY halter top

Measuring from chest to belly button

1. Measure and make the pattern

To begin, measure yourself from the chest to your belly button. Ours was around 28cm (11.02”) + ½“ seam allowance.

Measuring the bust

Also, measure your bust by placing your measuring tape around your chest area. Ours was 78cm (30.70”) + ½“ seam allowance. 

Marking measurements on fabric

Mark all these measurements onto your fabric with a marker. 

Cutting the rectangular pattern

Next, cut out the DIY halter top pattern, which should be a long rectangular shape. 

Hemming the raw edges

2. Hem the edges

Hem the raw edges with a double fold. This will give a clean finish and prevent the fabric from unraveling. 

Making a tunnel for the drawstring

3. Make a tunnel

The next step is to make a tunnel for the drawstring on both sides. Fold each short end over twice and pin it to secure. Then, sew along the edge of the fold with a straight stitch. 

Making the drawstrings

4. Make the drawstrings

Measure 1” x 50” (seam allowance is already included) and cut. You’ll need two pieces for this. 

Folding the drawstring

Pressing and pinning the drawstrings

Fold the raw edges toward the center and fold the whole strip in half, lengthwise. Press and pin the fabric, so it stays in place. 

Sewing the drawstrings

Then, sew to secure. 

Inserting the drawstrings

5. Insert the drawstring

Insert the drawstring through the top tunnel’s edge, as shown. 

Feeding the drawstring through the opening

Insert the drawstring with the help of a safety pin. Insert it through the top opening and once you reach the bottom, insert the end through the other side going up. 

Cinching the tunnel

When you pull on the string, it will cinch the tunnel, like so. 

DIY halter-style crop top

The cropped DIY halter top is complete! As we promised, it’s easy and can be done really quickly! 

Deep V-neck DIY halter top

Deep V-neck DIY halter top pattern

1. Make the pattern pieces

This is the DIY halter top pattern we will use for this top. Feel free to adjust the size and shape accordingly. 

Cutting the center line on the paper patten

Next, we are going to use a slash and spread method. Simply cut the center line but don’t go all the way through the paper; instead stop at the seam allowance. 

Cutting through the tip

Cut through the tip, leaving a tiny bit attached. 

Spreading the pattern

Spread the pattern piece apart to add fullness; we added around 6 ½“. 

Taping the pattern in place

Tape the pattern, so it stays in place, connect the pattern, and cut the excess. 

Pinning the pattern to the fabric

Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut out two pieces. These will be the cups

Hemming the cups

2. Hem the cup’s edges

Fold over the raw edges once, pin, and sew. Also, do a topstitch at the bottom edge of the cup.

How to sew a halter top

You should have something like this.  

Marking the underbust

Take the cup and mark where the underbust meets the hem. Ours was around 2½“ above the hem. 

How to make a halter top

Follow the bottom curve of the hem to mark this measurement across the cup. 

Measuring the cups

We measured the line, and ours is 10” long. 

Making a tunnel

3. Make the tunnel

Cut a 2” x 10” piece of fabric. Make two pieces. 

Doing a topstitch

Fold the edges over and topstitch to give it a cleaner appearance. 

Pinning the tunnel to the underbust line

When complete, pin it on top of the underbust line. 

Sewing the tunnel down

Then, sew it down. 

Making the drawstrings

4. Make the drawstrings

You’ll need two separate straps; one pair for the halter that measures 21” and another pair for the underbust that measures 54”. Both sets with a width of 1½ “.

Sewing the drawstrings

Attaching the straps together

Attach the two underbust straps (54”) together at a 90-degree angle and sew these two pieces diagonally. 

Making a drawstring

To make the string, follow the same steps we did for the first DIY halter top tutorial. 

Attaching the straps to the cups

5. Attach the straps

Loop the pointy part of the cup over the ring (the ring is optional). 

Sewing around the ring

Then, sew along the area. 

Sewing a halter top

Grab the drawstring, loop it around the ring, and topstitch it in place. 

Feeding the drawstring through

Place a safety pin on one end of the underbust drawstring and feed it through one of the cups. Feed it toward the center front of the top so you can tie it in front. 

Deep V-neck halter top

How do you like this deep V-neck halter top? It’s so quick and simple, and the result is just breathtaking! 

DIY halter top tutorial

Thanks for joining us on this DIY halter top tutorial; we hope you learned a lot about how easy it is to sew a halter top. You don’t have to spend much money on a top when you can simply make it yourself, right? 

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