I associate halter necks with Princess Diana, who looked amazing in them. They can minimise large squarish shoulders. My shoulders are squarish but not so large. I don’t mind showing my back – it somehow seems less indecent than cleavage or a very short skirt. I like wearing a halter top but it does have to fit well.
You may remember that I tried to make a halter top through draping on the stand. I learnt an important lesson – that draping, unless your stand is precisely manufactured to your exact shape, is not the best method to get a good fit. As you can see below, where there is too much fullness across the chest, gapping at the armhole, and it is also too low at the back, revealing the halter bra. Draping on the stand is a good method to develop a design, but you will generally have to work further on the pattern.
I did persist with this pattern for a while, slicing a wedge out of the underarm/back section and building up the back. However the little piece of carefully pinned out calico somehow got lost. Maybe it was swept up with my cuttings, or maybe “someone else” accidentally threw it out, but after a week of cursory searching I decided to move on. I did consider undoing the blue top and redrawing the pattern. Then I had one of those “life is too short” moments and decided to buy a pattern.
Isn’t eBay wonderful? I searched and found lots patterns for halter tops – options from every decade.
The cheapest one I could find was £2.10 – a pattern provided free by the now defunct Me Magazine. It is one of those pull out and trace off arrangements which I used to use frequently in the 1980s. Did you? It is described as a “Glam” halter top – truly reflecting how we used to talk back in 1992. I showed the top to my daughter, who tells me that 1990s style is very fashionable at the moment. Who knew – a twenty odd year old pattern is fashionable? Am I the only one who has trouble understanding what 1990s style actually is? My friend Felica made some 1990s trousers the other day with a “paper bag” waist. I used to enjoy that style, which is also perhaps a 1990s thing.
Being lazy I traced off some of the pieces, cut out the rest and used a tape measure and chalk to draw the big sash on the fabric. I used some nice, slightly stretchy green cotton sateen.
There were no instructions, but I guessed it mainly right, I think. It did need a few adjustments as this one also had a fair bit of armhole gaping at the fitting stage.
Any way I wore it with jeans to see Richard II at the Globe.
I have enough fabric to make a skirt, but I think it may be too much. What do you think?
I have since altered the pattern to be little bit snugger in the back, a tiny bit longer at the waist and to remove that 2cm armhole wedge on a permanent basis. I really love the style of this top – aren’t surplice tops flattering? I like a wrap round for comfort and adjustability. I may make another one in a more luxurious fabric as it is a terribly easy to make garment. The big tie does take quite a lot of yardage, so there is the option to narrow it down a bit.