How to Make a Cute Halter Dress From Scratch

Quiana Unique
by Quiana Unique

I needed a cool summer dress so I made this easy halter dress from my own pattern. I got the fabric at 40% off, so my DIY halter dress didn’t cost me very much.

To see how to make the halter dress sewing pattern, check out my pattern videos linked in Step 1. Then pick your own fabric and let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Pattern paper
  • Zipper (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Fabric chalk
  • Cutting tool
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
Making the halter dress pattern

1. Make your halter dress pattern

For this DIY halter dress pattern, you will need to check out my shirt pattern video and my skirt pattern video, because I will use both to make the halter dress pattern.

Fold your fabric in half and lay both the skirt and shirt patterns on the fold of the fabric, overlapping as necessary to give you a full halter dress pattern.

Pin the pattern pieces together and pin the whole pattern to your fabric.

Cutting the fabric

2. Cut your fabric

Cut the pattern out of your fabric adding a little extra seam allowance, especially if your fabric isn’t stretchy.

Cutting out the halter neck pattern

Note that this pattern has shoulders but since you will be making a halter dress, just mark the fabric where the top of the dress will be.

Then cut straight across the top of the dress fabric where you marked the halter top position.

Cutting the back of the dress

3. Cut the back of the dress

Since you cut both front and back pieces together, you now need to customize the back of the dress. Simply cut off the top of the back at the bottom of the armholes to make the halter back.

Pinning the side seams ready to sew

4. Sew side seams

With right sides facing, pin the front and back of the halter dress together at the side seams, from the bottom of the armhole to the hem. Sew both side seams.

Adding a zipper at the back

5. Add a back zipper

Since my fabric isn’t stretchy, I need to add a zipper. Fold the back of the dress in half lengthwise, with the right side facing in. Lay your zipper along the fold and use it as your guide to cut a slit in the center back, starting at the top of the dress.

Pinning the zipper

Fold back the edge of the fabric on each side of the slit and pin one side of the zipper to each edge.

Sewing a zipper with a zipper foot

Use your zipper foot to sew the zipper in place.

Making a neck strap

6. Make the neck strap

From your leftover fabric, cut a 1-inch strip from the longest edge of fabric you have.

Sewing the neck strap

Fold the strap in half, with the right side facing in, and sew a straight stitch along the long open edge.

Finishing the edges of the dress

7. Finish the edges

Double fold, pin and sew the top edges of the front and back of your dress and the armholes.

Making casing for the strap

8. Make a strap casing

Fold in, pin, and sew a casing for your halter strap at the top of the front of your dress.

Hemming the halter dress

9. Hem your halter dress

Double-fold and pin the hem of your halter dress. Make your folds about ¼ of an inch each. If you prefer a wider hem, then make the first fold ¼-inch and the second one ½-inch. Sew the hem in place with a straight stitch.

Attaching the strap to the halter strap

10. Attach your halter strap

Turn your halter strap right-side out and use a safety pin to thread it through your halter casing.

How to make a halter dress

How to make a halter dress

I love how this summer dress fits and how light and airy it feels.

DIY halter neck dress

The back looks gorgeous, too, and I know I’ll be wearing this halter-neck summer dress a lot!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and make your own DIY halter-neck dress. Leave a comment to let me know how yours turned out.

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