I made this halter top and matching American Girl halter top for my daughter for her birthday to match the recycled jean skirt that I made her. The measurements I am going to give you are to make a halter top for a Girls Size 7, but I imagine they would also work for a girls size 5-8 as well since you can tie it in further for a smaller size. I will also give you the measurements to make the American Girl matching halter top. Be sure to also read the post on Easy To Make American Girl Doll Clothes so that you can also learn how to make a tutu, knit hat and knit scarf.
To Start off with, you will need a yard of fabric. You actually need less, but since you buy it from a 45″ or 60″ bolt typically, you will need a whole yard. You could check your scrap pile because you only need a triangle with two 25″ sides, so you might find a use for some leftover fabric. You will also need a spool of coordinating thread and 25″ of 1/2″ to 1″ ribbon. If you are making the matching doll halter top you will have enough fabric leftover from you yard, but you also need 16″ of 1/4″ to 1/2″ ribbon.
To start off with, spread out your yard of fabric so that it lays flat. I found it was easiest to cut a square that is 25″x25″. Then fold it in half and cut your triangle. From there, since I was making the coordinating doll halter top I trimmed up the remaining triangle so that it’s the 2 shorter side were both 16″.
The next step is simply to sew straight lines. Using an iron, press in 1/4″ hem on all 3 sides. Then fold over another 1/4″ and press so that the raw edges are inside and not exposed. I did trim back the extra fabric at the corners so it was easier to sew and all raw edges would be sewed in. Now your shirt is basically sewn.
Finally I attached the ribbon by folding it and sewing it in to place, like shown below. You can stitch the edges of your ribbon to keep them from fraying, but I like to use Fray Check. A little goes a long ways with this product and I have been using the same bottle for several about 5 years and I still have lots left.
Tie the ribbon around the neck to create the halter and tie the sides around the back.
With the extra fabric you have leftover from your yard, you might also consider making a matching Rolled Fabric Rosette Headband.
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