Thrift Flip: Simple DIY Halter Top in 2 Hours

DIY by Ruffa
by DIY by Ruffa
8 Materials
2 Hours

From embroidered blazer to a lovely DIY halter top. What a magnificent transformation! I am going to do a thrift flip DIY halter top. Of course, I will teach you how to do this in this tutorial. It's super easy and may take some time but totally worth the thrift flip.

To do this sewing project, you can use any old buttoned-down shirt you want to alter. I hope you enjoy it, let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Old blazer or buttoned-down shirt
  • Interfacing ( If needed)
  • Fabric blade
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Hook
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
Sew a DIY halter top


You should measure your neckline, armhole, and the length and width of your upper body. Button up your shirt, fold it in half, and mark your measurements, specifically those listed above.


The blazer here fits me well, so I didn't really need to modify too much. If you are using a larger shirt, then make sure your measurements are accurate.

How to DIY halter top

Cut and fit

Once your measurements are done, cut out the pattern and fit it on. This will ensure that if you need some adjustments, you can do so from the start. As you can see, I needed some adjustments and cut the upper side seams accordingly.

Make a DIY halter top

Optional - Add interfacing

Since my blazer has tiny holes, I decided to add interfacing. This step is optional, but if you also need this, don't skip this step. What you do here is trace the outline of your bodice on a layer of interfacing. I used a sharp fabric blade to make the lines as accurate as possible. Make sure to do this on all pieces, and then sew it together afterward.

How to make a DIY halter top

First, sew the side seams and then sew up all the seams, except for the bottom part.

Basic DIY halter top

Next, sew the interfacing to the fabric.

Easy DIY halter top

Make the straps

From the sleeves of the blazer, cut 4 4cm x 46cm (1.5 x 18 inches) strips.

Thrift flip DIY halter top

Then fold it together, with the right sides facing together, and sew. Don't forget to fold and hem the sides to get rid of the raw edges.

Turn inside out

Finally, turn them inside out. Using a pair of tweezers to help guide you, pull it from the inside out.

Assemble the straps

Assemble the DIY halter top

Seam rip four holes on either corner of the middle section on top and the side sections.

Pin and secure in place

Next, feed the straps under the interfacing. If you do not have interfacing, simply attach it. Make sure the edges of the straps poke out on either corner. Pin in place once you are satisfied with the placement and sew to secure.

Cut off the ends

Snip off the excess straps.

Hem the seam

Hem the bottom seam and turn inside out

Go ahead and hem the bottom seam, leaving a gap open so that you can turn the halter top inside out.

Turn inside out

Now turn the top inside out through the gap at the bottom seam. Can you see the lovely design coming to life? Don’t forget to press the seams and stitch the gap closed.

Finish the back part

Close the back part

Stitch the two back parts together by hemming them together. Leave a 4cm (1.5 inch) opening on top and attach a hook to the top edge as shown. Tie the straps together at your preferred length.

Halter top- Before and after

Let's take a look at the before and after results. Isn't this just jaw-dropping? I love a good transformation, and this one is my favorite thrift flip!

Gorgeous halter top

Wasn't that easy? Even easier if there's no need to put interfacing. I absolutely love this thrift flip, and I hope you did, too. I am so in love with the outcome, and I hope you are, too.

Suggested materials:
  • Blazer
  • Interfacing
  • Fabric blade
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