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How To Cut T-Shirt Into Halter Top

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Do you know how to cut t-shirt into halter top? Here is simple t-shirt cutting technique with easy measurement instructions for you to make no sew yoga tops from old t-shirts.

There are fun and trendy t-shirt upcycle ideas for every skill level. Whether you’re into no sew or sewing for beginners, you are bound to discover styles that fit your taste.

Get comfortable making DIY clothing with the helpful tips provided in the no sew t-shirt refashion projects. From cutting to fabric glue and fusible bonding, it is defiantly possible to transform old clothes without using needle and thread.

A pretty floral printed cotton jersey knit is a great selection if you decide to upcycle clothes without sewing. I’ve put together easy to follow steps. photos and video instructions so you won’t miss a beat.

You will love this halter neck top from t-shirt because…

  • No sewing is required.
  • Learn how to read measurements and dimensions on clothing.
  • Draw cut lines with fabric chalk by following the step-by-step tutorial.
  • Utilize t-shirt cutting techniques to create a new neckline.
  • Fun no sew project for upcycled clothing beginners!
No sew halter top from t-shirt before and after

For this no-sew t-shirt alteration, I used a stretchy cotton jersey knit t-shirt that fit me perfectly. It you have solid or even striped pattern tee, feel free to convert it into a DIY halter top using cool t-shirt cutting ideas without sewing.

The narrow front neckline with matching racerback silhouette creates an active and sporty look. Blended with a floral print, I find this design to be super attractive. 

How To Measure For A Halter Top

Front view of the no sew halter top from t-shirt

To make a halter top from a t-shirt, you need to know the right way to measure yourself. Adjust the measurements in the tutorial to fit your dimensions into the existing t-shirt. 

For this tutorial, you need to learn where the highest point of shoulder is located on a t-shirt. It is where the neckband seam meets the shoulder seam. From there, you’ll want to follow the neck seam down 3”, which will become the new neckline for halter top. 

Review the neckline and armhole measurements from the tutorial. I’ve put together an illustrated version to help you take body measurement for clothing.

If you are altering a neckline or new armhole, we will always reference the highest point shoulder, or HPS. It’s a very important part of clothing construction!

How to make a halter top from t-shirt?

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In order to make a halter top from t-shirt, it’s best to prepare the old t-shirt by washing and drying. Give the tee a quick press to remove any creases or wrinkles. Because this is a no-sew project, you want to have clean cut lines and crisp edges.

DIY Halter Top Materials:

Materials to make a no sew halter top from t-shirt
  • Old T-Shirt
  • Fabric Chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

For this halter top from t-shirt tutorial, flip the tee inside out and fold it in half lengthwise.

Measure 18” down from the high point shoulder and cut a straight line across.

For the front of the halter top, measure 3½” from the high point shoulder.
Draw a smooth curved line the under armhole on the side seam and cut along the line on the front of the shirt.

For the back of the halter top, measure 1½” from the high point shoulder.
Draw a smooth curved line the under armhole on the side seam and cut along the line on the back of the shirt.

Copy the armhole alterations and new neckline onto the other side to finish this no sew halter top from t-shirt cutting technique.

Back view of the no sew halter top from t-shirt

DIY Halter Top Cutting Tips: 

If you are new to the upcycle clothing world, this project gives you an idea for what to do with old t-shirts without sewing. This no sew DIY halter top only requires a simple cutting technique to alter the neckline and armhole of an old t-shirt.

Prepare a few materials in your sewing kit and review the no sew hacks to accomplish this DIY workout top.

  • Cutting Tools: In order to have clean cut lines, you need two things: fabric scissors or a rotary cutter. They are essential tools to quickly accomplish all DIY clothing projects. Sharpen your scissors or place a cutting mat underneath and start deconstructing the original t-shirt.
  • Fabric Chalk: When working on any no-sew project, I recommend using fabric chalk on the back side of the fabric. I always flip the shirt inside out and lay it flat to draw new lines using fabric chalk. If you have dark color shirt, go with white fabric chalk; and for light color shirts, pick a black chalk. 
  • Hemming: Unless you adjust to a crop length top, we will be keeping the overlocked hemline of the original tee. But if you happen to shorten the length, do no worry! The new hemline won’t fray at all, make sure to keep nice clean and crisp bottom line. 
  • Cut Edge: The great news is that knit t-shirts are easy to work with because the cut edges won’t fray like woven fabrics.
Sideview of the no sew halter top from t-shirt
Yield: 1 halter top

How To Cut T-Shirt Into Halter Top

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $0.00

Revamp an old tee by learning how to cut t-shirt into halter top. Complete this cool halter top so you can wear with your favorite workout leggings. Follow the t-shirt cutting techniques to explore various options in length and neckline alteration. 

Materials

  • Old T-Shirt

Tools

  • Fabric Chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. For this halter top from t-shirt tutorial, start by flipping the tee inside out and folding it in half lengthwise.
    Fitted tee with floral print to make a no sew halter top using the t-shirt cutting technique.
    Measure 18” down from the high point on the shoulder.
    Flip the tee inside out and fold in half lengthwise. Measure 18" down from the high point on the shoulder
    Draw a straight line across and cut.
    Cut across the tee to make a crop top.
  2. To make the front of the halter top, measure 3½” from the high point on the shoulder and mark on the front neckband.
    Measure 3" down the front neckband from the high point on the shoulder
    Draw a smooth curved line that connects to the point just underneath the armhole on the side seam.
    Draw a smooth curved line to the point just underneath the armhole opening.
    Cut along the neckband from the shoulder seam to the mark under the armhole.
    Cut the new armhole opening only on the front of the halter top.
    Only cut along the line on the front of the shirt.
    Copy the front of the halter top onto the other side of the tee.
  3. To make the back of the halter top, measure 1½” away from the folded line on the back neckband.
    Draw a smooth curved line that connects to the point on the side seam just underneath the armhole.
    Cut along the neckband from the shoulder seam to the mark under the armhole.
    Measure 3" down the back neckband from the high point on the shoulder
    Only cut along the line on the back of the shirt to complete this no sew halter top from t-shirt cutting technique.
    Draw a smooth curved line to the point just underneath the armhole opening.
  4. To complete the back of the halter top, measure 3” from the high point on the shoulder and mark on the back neckband.
    Draw a smooth curved line that connects to the point on the side seam just underneath the armhole.
    Cut along the neckband from the shoulder seam to the mark under the armhole.
    Cut along the line to modify the armhole opening of the halter top.
    Only cut along the line on the back of the shirt to complete this no sew halter top from t-shirt cutting technique.
    T-shirt cutting technique to make a halter top from a tee

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