How to Make a T-Shirt Into a Halter Top

Halter top
Halter top (Image: Pam Pleasant)

One of the fashion trends this season is the retro '70s look, with everything in floral prints and bright colors. Halter tops are also making a strong comeback. If you have scissors, a T-shirt and 10 minutes to spare, you can make your own stylish halter top without having to pay anything, and you can choose your own color and customize the fit.

Put on the shirt you want to use and use a sewing pin to mark the spot on the front where you want your neckline to stop. Take the shirt off and lay it down on a flat surface. Make sure the seams on the front and the back match.


Cut off the sleeves, but only go a bit beyond the seam. Then cut the collar of the T-shirt off an inch below the seam. Go to the front of the shirt where you placed the pin and cut a straight line from the new collar to the pin. On both sides of the cut, fold the excess material and snip it off.

Folded neckline
Folded neckline

Turn the T-shirt around. Cut a straight line going from the end of one armhole seam to the other, across the back. Measure 4 inches below the seam line on the shoulder and cut across. These two strips of shoulder material will be tied around your neck. If you want longer ties, add more inches. You can also trim each side of the ties to make them slimmer and easier to tie.

Try the shirt on and make any trimming adjustments. You don't need to sew the cut seams, as T-shirt material does not fray.

For a corseted look, fold the back of the T-shirt lengthwise. On both sides, 2 inches from the middle center point, evenly cut four small holes across from each other, spaced 3 inches apart. Thread a ribbon or string through the holes, and tie into a bow at the bottom.

Corseted halter
Corseted halter

Tips & Warnings

  • Add gemstones around the neckline for added sparkle. Match the color of a belt or purse with the halter top for a complete outfit. Trim a few inches from the bottom of the shirt to make a half-top halter. Accessorize your hair with any remaining T-shirt material.
  • Do not use a T-shirt that is more than three sizes too big.

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