DIY Halter Dress Tutorial




Introduction: DIY Halter Dress Tutorial

When my daughter was asked to be a flower girl in my cousin's wedding I began a search for a classy girls halter dress sewing pattern. Since I was unable to find what I was looking for I decided to draft a pattern. Today I am sharing that pattern with you. It is available as a free download HERE. I am also going to show you how to sew it up. (There is a 3/8 inch seam allowance included on all pattern pieces.)

This halter dress pattern is a girl's size 7 (chest-24.8", waist-23.5", height-48-50"). It features gentle gathering on the front bodice, a rounded "V" neckline, and a knee length gathered skirt. The halter strap closes with snaps and the back closes with a zipper.

For this pattern you will need the following:


2 yards of fabric

1/4 yard lining

coordinating thread

2 size 20 snaps

1 seven inch all purpose zipper

small scraps of fusible interfacing 2" x 3"


sewing machine


iron and ironing board

fabric marker or tailor's chalk

point turner tool or chopstick

snap pliers

Step 1: Sewing the Bodice

First, we start by basting two lines at 1/4" and 3/8" from the bottom edge of the upper bodice front.

Pull bobbin threads to gather until the bottom of the upper bodice is the same width as the top edge of the lower bodice.

Sew the lower bodice piece to the upper bodice with right sides together. Press seam allowance up.

Fuse interfacing to 2 of the four back strap pieces.

Sew the interfaced back strap pieces to the straps and sew the back bodice pieces to the front bodice. Press seam allowances open.

Step 2: Sewing the Lining

Sew the two un-interfaced back strap pieces to the lining straps.

Sew the back bodice lining pieces to the front bodice lining.

Press seam allowances open.

Step 3: Attaching the Lining to the Bodice

Sew the lining to the bodice along the upper edge as indicated above using 3/8" seam allowance. Leave 1 inch unsewn on both ends.

Clip corners and curves.

Fold bottom edge of lining only up 3/8 inch and press.

Turn right side out pressing corners out a point turner tool or chopstick. If you do not have either of these any long, semi-pointed small object will work, such as a pencil.

Step 4: Preparing the Skirt

Baste two lines along the upper edge of the skirt at 1/4" and 3/8".

Fold bottom edge up 1/2 inch, press, then fold up another 1 inch and press again. DO NOT stitch the hem just yet. We will come back to it.

Pull bobbin threads to gather skirt until it is the same width as the waistline of the bodice.

Step 5: Attaching the Bodice to the Skirt

Flip the lining out of the way and sew the outer bodice to the skirt.

Press seam allowance up.

Step 6: Finishing the Skirt

With your fabric marker or tailor's chalk, place a mark on your skirt where the bottom of the zipper stop is.

Flip the hem down flat and sew skirt with right sides together up to the mark you just made.

Press seam open.

Flip hem back up and stitch it 1/8 inch from the upper fold. (not pictured)

Step 7: Attaching the Zipper

Turn bodice wrong side out again. You don't need to push the straps back through to the wrong side; only the body of the bodice. Pull the lining back where it was left unsewn.

Place zipper face down along back edge of bodice. (Please ignore that the zipper pull is showing on the wrong side in the image above.)

Line up the edge of the lining with the back bodice with the zipper sandwiched in between.

Using a zipper foot, sew close to the zipper teeth all the way down the zipper. Careful not to catch the other side of your dress in the stitches.

Sew across the top edge of the bodice where we had left it unsewn. Clip corner.

Flip this half of the lining right side out to reveal the zipper.

Repeat all the steps above for the other side of the zipper.

Step 8: Finishing Touches

Stitch in the ditch along the waistline catching the lining in your stitches to secure the lower edge.

Alternatively, you can hand sew your lining with a slip stitch. For the flower girl dress I chose to hand sew.

Topstitch around outer edges of bodice 1/8" from edge.

Apply your snaps to the strap and you are done!

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    6 years ago

    No doubt that this is an awesome
    collection of great pattered dresses for the little girls. I must say that I
    have been fascinated these beautiful patters and soon going to buy one for my
    little princess too.

    tutu flower girl dress

    This is the same which I was
    searching for my little princess to wear on occasions. Even, I can imagine her
    wearing this dress and she’s looking pretty good in that.


    Reply 6 years ago

    I am glad you like it. I hope you enjoy making it too. Please share a picture if you do make one!

    Super cute dress! Thank you so much for including the pattern!


    Reply 7 years ago

    Absolutely! I am glad you like it :)