DIY Halter Top for Girls | How to Sew a Halter Top
Girl’s Halter Top Materials:
- 1/2 yard main fabric (for size 18 most)
- Scrap of contrast fabric
- 1/2″ ish elastic
Girl’s Halter Top Step 3: Fold the front tie in half with right sides together (RST) and sew up one short edge and the long edge. Turn right side out and press flat.
Girl’s Halter Top Step 4: While you’re ironing let’s make bias tape:) The long strap is really extra wide bias tape. Iron the top and bottom edge in 1/4″. Then fold it in half and iron again. For more info on this, check out our tutorial on how to make bias tape.
Girl’s Halter Top Step 5: With RST sew the gathered body to the bodice- tuck the front tie in the seam right in the center (it doesn’t matter which end you use).
Girl’s Halter Top Step 6: Cinch the front tie in a bit to form your sweetheart neckline.
Girl’s Halter Top Step 7: Tuck all of your raw edges up inside the bodice (including the front tie) and then topstitch in place (it will look like the photo in #5 when you’re finished).
Girl’s Halter Top Step 8: With RST sew the front to the back along the side seams.
Girl’s Halter Top Step 9: Find the center of your strap and pin to the back, so that it encloses the raw edge. Wrap around to the front and up the sides. The bodice will lay best if at the bottom you enclose just the edge with the strap and at the top you enclose as much as possible (I hadn’t done that and you can see mine is a bit bubbly). Stitch along the bottom edge of the strap just past the bodice
Girl’s Halter Top Step 10: Thread your elastic through the strap. Pull it slowly until the end of the elastic is about to move from the front to the back of the shirt. Tack the end of the elastic in place by sewing across the strap in a diaganol starting at the side seam. Pull your elastic to the desired snugness (you don’t want the back to gape open) and then tack the other end in place. Pull up on your elastic as far as you can and trim the excess
Girl’s Halter Top Step 11: If your bodice seems to be moving around a bit you can sew along each side of the tie to keep it in place
Girl’s Halter Top Step 12: Sew along the rest of the edge of your strap. Hem the bottom and you’re done!
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Oh my, the cuteness! Thanks for the tute! I blogged about mine here with a link to your post and your shop! http://doublestitching.blogspot.com/2012/05/made-naptime-crafters-sweetheart-halter.html
I took this and tweaked it to make one in my size! Turned out just as cute in an adult size!
Just made one of these tonight. Turned out super cute. Can’t wait to try it on my little girl in the morning!!
I just made this for my friends little girl (who will wear 18m this summer) since that is what this is written out for. It turned out so cute! Will definitely be modifying to make one for my little girl soon!
Thanks for this tutorial! I reported here: http://paneamoreecreativita.it/blog/2011/07/raccolta-di-progetti-di-cucito-creativo-per-lestate
I absolutely love this! Bookmarked! I love the nice wide straps… beautiful!
so so gorgeous!! off to make one now!
This is so cute. I must see if i can enlarge it to fit my 4 year old granddaughter. Thanks for sharing.
I love the top! And that material is adorable!
I love this it is adorable, thanks for sharing!!
Kelli @ loveoursimplelife.blogspot.com
All of these adorable little girl’s clothes I am seeing all over the place lately – I love it! This shirt is adorable!