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Halter neck top – A DIY pattern

 

Halter neck is usually said in the same breath as sexy, glamorous and similar adjectives.It is a classic style  which never goes out of fashion. 

This beautiful and flattering pattern is based on a Ragalan pattern without the arms. It has a band which connects the bodice to the neck, leaving shoulders and arms exposed. The band runs from the front of the garment to the back. It is in fact named after the halter which is placed around a horse’s neck 

The easy fitting style can be adopted to look glamorous in a shimmery fabric or very practical in summer in cool cottons.

Halter neck top with denim is a combination which is a favourite with all girls for all day wear. They can be paired with shorts for a very casual look. With a halter neck gown in a metallic hue you do not need anything else for an ultra glamorous lookhalter neck pattern diy

One person who should avoid a Halter style top is a narrow shouldered lady. If you have narrow shoulders, sew it for someone else. This pattern is ideal for those with well toned arms and shoulders.

Checkout the post on the best dress styles for your body shape to know which styles suits you and why. If you are a beginner at sewing do checkout the Learn to sew series with lots of sewing tips and tutorials

 

 

 

Method 1 Tie back Halter neck top

halterneck top diy pattern

This first pattern is to make a tie back ( in the back and for the neck) top – very easy to sew.

 Fold a piece of fabric of length 22 inch and width 25 inch by half . Mark the pattern as below.

Pattern

C-D = 21″

C-F = 16″ & F -D = 5″

C-E= 8″

A-B =F-G =Measure your front bust measure – from one armpit to the other over the  bust. Divide this by two. Add 1 inch . This measurement is A-B in the pattern

halter neck top pattern

Cut out two more pieces -for the back ties measuring 30 inches in leangth. One end should have a width of 6 inch and the other end 3″.Ensure that you are cutting mirror images as you need these pieces for both sides ( keep fabric on fold right sides together and cut the two pieces – this will ensure mirror image pieces)

Then cut two bias cut piece measuring length G-D+ 1″ and width 4″ – This is to make the fringes. Cut out the fringes as in the picture below

Cut pieces which are cut slightly angled in one side – this is so that they can be joined properly to the diagonal bottom edge of the bodice

Because the pieces are cut on the bias these pieces would not fray. Please ensure this by trying to pull on your cloth . Don’t rely on what I say too much 🙂

 

halter neck top

You have to join this piece to the bottom edges of your bodice. First join the pieces together and then join to the bodice

halter neck top sewing pattern

Keep the fringes on the bodice pieces, right sides together and stitch the edges.

halter neck top

halter neck top

Finish the armhole edges. Look at the wonky edges I have made. I had a very slippery fabric. I should have used either bias binding or interfaced the edge or used double needle stitching.

halter neck top

Finish the edges of the back ties . Join them to the bodice at both ends at A-G

halter neck top

Make the drawstring for the neck ties. Follow the tutorial to make the fabric tubes for this. I made a 50 inch drawstring.

halter neck top pattern

Turn under the top edge twice ; first 1/2 inch and then 1 inch. Stitch. You need a casing here.

halter neck top

Insert the drawstring with a safety pin.

halter neck top

halter neck top

Done

Method 2.  Halter neck top pattern


halter neck top diy

It is essential for this pattern to be cut on the bias fold of the cloth. Make the paper sewing  pattern first and then cut the cloth.

easy top to sew

how to sew halter neck top

 If you want more information To make these patterns Checkout how to make the paper patterns  and How to cut fabric

Take a long piece of paper ; Imagine one long side is the center fold of the cloth -A-D

Mark A- D as the full height of the top + 2 inches

Mark  A- B 7.5 inches

Mark shoulder to waist measurement at C

Mark G  from B as 1/4 of bust round + 3/4 inch ( ease)

Mark  F from C  as 1/4 of waist round + 3/4 inch ( ease)

Mark E  from D  as 1/4 of hip round + 3/4 inch ( ease)

(The ease can be reduced to 1/2 inch or taken in by  a dart if you want a very fitted top near the waist and hip. Do not reduce ease at armhole because it might get too tight there)

Make a soft curved line along G-F-E

Give a 1/2 inch seam allowance along line G-F-E

Mark H from A as per the table below

From H mark 1/2 inch to I ie H-I = 1/2 inch

From A mark 1/2 inch down to point K for back neckline

From A mark (Bust round divided by 10 ) to J for front neckline

Join I to G in a soft curved line

Back Pattern

Method 1. For the back bodice pattern keep the front pattern on a fresh pattern paper 1 inch inside to the foldline. This is for seam allowance of zipper) Cut out the portion from B-G-E-D for an exposed back look . ( Do not forget to add 1 inch seam allowance along B-G.) You can add a zipper opening as per the instructions here.

A halter collar will hold the front pattern in place.

halter neck how to stitch

Method 2. Another attractive alternative is to make a back pattern as the same as the front pattern and make a slit opening on top center back, attached to the halter collar. The collar will have a button opening.

halterneck top pattern

Halter neck collar options 

For the neckline you have 2 options

  1. Make a Collar with a center back slit opening and buttoned collar
  2. Make a casing at the front neckline with a fabric tie (made of the same cloth) that ties at the back neck

To make make a collar  you will have to make a paper pattern as below and use it to cut the fabric from a bias folded cloth

halter neck collar

halter neck collar

A-C = B-D= 2 inch ( including seam allowance )

It will be a good idea to iron a very thin interfacing to the collar fabric after cutting it so that it will retain its shape

A-B = measure the neckline of the pattern of the bodice ( after the hemming of armhole sides. ) + one inch over lap for button + 1/2 inch seam allowance

How to sew a Halter neck top 

Step 1.  After making the paper pattern, fold the fabric by the bias grain. Keep the pattern along the fold line of the fabric and mark. ( Refer to the article on How to properly cut fabric for more details on cutting the fabric). Cut along the marked lines. 

how to sew a stylish top

Cut the fabric for the collar. You also need to cut interfacing

halter top

Step 2. Press the interfacing to the collar piece leaving the seam allowance area clear to avoid bulk. 

halter neck top

Step 3. Make a facing for the center seam opening in the back bodice
Cut a piece of cloth from the same fabric you are making the top from 3 inches wide and 4 inches long

halter neck top

Draw a center line as in the picture below and a long narrow V mark

facing for slit opening
Zig zag the edges  of this cloth so that the fabric willnot fray.
Pin this into the center of the neck back matching the top edges and aligning the centre fold notch

 halter176-compressor 
Stitch through the V. Cut open through the center line. Make sure that the slit is cut till the end, making sure that stitching line is not cut. 
Turn this facing to the inside ; Press seam allowance to the inside. Understitch.
An alternative to understitching is to Pin the facing to keep it together and sew close to the edges on the front side (top stitching)for a neat look

halter neck top

Step 3. Hem the arm hole sides. I have made a very narrow hem – that is made by turning the edges of the armhole edges twice 1/8 inches each and stitching along the edge. Another alternative is to make a bias facing or a shaped facing 

halter neck top

 

Step 4. Finish the collar

Fold the collar fabric by half along the interfacing long edge, right side out. Stitch the sides from inside after folding it.

halter neck

Turn inside out

halter neck top

 

 Step 5. Mark Button hole on one end Finish the  Button hole and sew button to the side edges of the collar piece leaving bottom edges unsewn .

Step 6. 

Mark the center of the collar. Sandwich the bodice piece inside the collar and sew in place

halter neck

halter neck

When joining the front bodice you can give small gathers . If you want  lot more gathers follow the pattern tutorial given below. 

Step 7.

Finish the sides and hemline of the bodice.

halter neck top

If you want you can add elastic through a casing sewn at the bottom hem . In this case you will have to add more to the bottom edge for gathers. Do this at the drafting of pattern. Add 3 inches to E-D. Elastic has to be cut 2 inches lesser than the bottom edge opening.

Take from the sides or give darts if you feel that the top is loose. 

How to sew a Gathered halter neck pattern 

Some times we need some gathers at the front. I love gathers in my tops. We can draft a gathered halterneck with the same pattern given above.

Extend 3 inches (more if you want more gathers) from back neckline K to the point l and front neckline point J to M ( as shown in the pic below; if you can  adjust the pattern so that this line L – D and M- D falls on the fold of the cloth you will get a top pattern without a centre seam

RAGALAN top gathered

These instructions are the same as in the post about regular ragalan top pattern other than the neck depth.

Table for neck measures

Bust MeasurementNeck width ( inches)Neck depth (inches)
2024
2224
242 1/44
262 1/44 1/2
282 1/25
302 1/25 1/2
322 1/26
342 3/46 1/2
362 3/47
3837
4037
4237

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5 comments

    1. Sarina

      Hi Aimee
      I can see them in my desktop browser ; checked on my phone too – seems ok – can you clear the cache and see
      Thanx for reading

  1. priya singh

    This is very easy methed to make pattern
    I like this
    Can u send me more pattern making methed
    Of new garment designs on my email

  2. Nikki

    Pinterest strikes again! I saw a top like this on a shop site, took a screenshot and later on Pinterest read my mind (or my phone, haha) and suggested this helpful tutorial. Thanks for the instructions! Can’t wait to try it.

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