DIY Tutorial: Halter Crop Top

 
Halter tops are bang on trend! Surprisingly, they are incredibly easy to make yourself! So if you want to save a few bucks, do something creative or transform an old garment, let's get going...


You will need:
- An old jumper or top, or alternatively you can use around 1.5- 2m squared of fabric.
- 2- 3 metres of cord.
- A3 paper or grease proof paper
- Needle and thread or sewing machine (if you're lucky!)
- Good quality dress making scissors
- A loose fitting tank top you already own (don't worry, you won't cut this up, it's just for guidance!)

 
To make a template, tape two large pieces of grease proof paper together. A3 paper would work wonderfully too.

Fold your paper in half by width. Find a loose fitting tank top you already own and fold in half. Place the fold of the shirt directly on top of the fold in the paper. 

Place dots on the end of the neck of the shirt, on the armpit and mark how long you want your top to be. Don't forget to leave one inch for seam allowance on the edges and two inches on the bottom. Then join up the lines with a ruler. 

 Cut out- now you have your template!

Fold your fabric in half. Fold your template in half and place the fold on the fold of the fabric. Pin the template to the fabric and cut out. 

 Fold the sides to the back and sew about half an inch, creating seams.

Fold 1.5- 2 inches of length on the bottom, pin at the back, and sew, making sure your stitches are within a cm of the raw edge of the fabric. 

This part depends on your fabric! I made my top out of an old jumper, meaning that there was already a neck seam to feed my cord through. If you are using plain fabric, you will need to make another seam pocket at the top, then feed your cord through this. 


Feed cord through the bottom seam pocket. Then take two pieces of cord and sew one on each side under the armpit.

And you're all done! This is how I styled mine....



Sunglasses: Jeepers Peepers
Clutch: Gift from friend
Skirt: Local Boutique

Rachel
xoxo

40 comments:

  1. Amazing post!!! Great idea ;) Thanks !!!
    Kisses from Spain.
    Xoxo, P.

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  2. Looks very easy, I love how it turned out! You look like a Calvin Klein model!

    besos,
    M
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  3. This is such a fun creation! You look amazing dear! The color of that top is a great way to stand out from the crowd ;) xo~ Lena
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  4. OMG you did such a great job! Love how it turned out and I LOVE the open back!

    Shannon
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  5. WOW Rachel! You are super talented. What an awesome idea! It seems easy to make so I will definitively try it. I can see myself wearing a halter top with a jean jacket to go to work on a Friday (casual day) and then to go out with my friends to a happy hour (of course, without the jacket:-)) Have a blessed weekend beautiful girl! XOXO, Jeannette
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  6. Wow so cute! I wish I was crafty, but I'm not. I love the hot pink color and your adorable clutch!
    ~~Megan~~
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  7. Oh thats a really cool way to do it. Looks super chick :)

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  8. such a creative project!
    Xo Miss Erin
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  9. How creative and cute!
    ~Sophia
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  10. I love everything DIY - your top is great and the photos so beautiful. Power of nature
    xxx
    mari
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  11. Amazing post such a lovely blog.
    Happy weekend
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  12. wow, that is a really cool diy
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  13. Wow!!! Incredible work! Congratulations dear! Have a nice day, kisses (and thank you for your visit),
    Eni

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  14. Thank you so much for this DIY. It's a great idea :D

    xxo

    NIKI

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  15. Cute idea! So creative

    Mel
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  16. this is such a good idea, i would never have guessed and you would pay a lot for this item in a store or online too! :) x x

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  17. oh this is awesome! great idea

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  18. Such a cute DIY - thanks for sharing!

    - Deniz
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  19. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  20. cute tutorial! ill have to try x
    - Andrea
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  21. Amazing idea, you look lovely!

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  22. Wow, love this look, so pretty. ^^
    Have a nice sunday...

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  23. Fun!! This reminds me - I first learned to sew in 5th grade and made halters similar to this out of bandanas! So fun!

    xoxo

    Kaley

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  24. Totally cool! Great way to re-purpose something you've outgrown and make it hot all over again!

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  25. Fabulous handmade halter top. It looks great on you. Thank you for sharing!

    Jasmine xx
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  26. Interesting idea! Love the colour of this top, the photos are gorgeous!

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  27. That halter looks amazing on you!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
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  28. This top looks lovely! It must be so much better wearing something you've made yourself.

    Corinne x
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  29. nice!

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  30. Lovely. I can't believe you've made this yourself! Definitely going to give it a go :)
    Victoria xx
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  31. Great tutorial! Thanks for posting. Very clear and easy to understand <3

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  32. Awesome DIY!! I'll have to try this and make myself a cute new top to wear when summer comes around! xx

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  33. Love these pictures :)
    Xo
    Valentina
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  34. Oh very cool tutorial! Thanks for sharing! =)

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    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  35. What a good idea and so well done. You've got really good DIY skills :))

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  36. Amazing talent and I love your eyewear. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Just beautiful! I love this look so much – you truly are an inspiration!
    Much love, Vanessa
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  38. This is so cool/creative! Love it:-)

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