DIY Tutorial: Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top

 

bershka top

So I saw this Bershka top on the last day we were in Japan in June. I liked it and wanted to get it but tried it only to find out it was huge on me (Ros & I both tend to have this problem — tiny people woes). But hey, I figured I could make my own!

This tutorial is more of a re-fashion/ upcycling idea and is very similar to our previous Leather Harness Tutorial. We know it has been a while since our last tutorial so we hope you enjoy this one!

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top Materials

Materials Needed:

  • Tank Top
  • 1m Faux Leather Strip (I used a pleather bias tape for this tutorial)
  • 5 Mini Snap Fasteners
  • 2 Small D-rings ($1.50 from Golden Dragon)
  • 1 Metal Ring
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Materials + Tailor’s Chalk

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top Tank

I chose this slouchy racer back tank that stretched out after one wash. It’s tagged XXS but evidently it wouldn’t have provided much coverage if i did wear it. You can choose any tank top, really!

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top Front Marking Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top Materials Back Marking

Step 1: Using tailor’s chalk, mark out on the straps at the front and back as a guide to where to cut.

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top Cut Fabric

Step 2: Leave an allowance of about an inch and cut above the lines you’ve just marked on the top.

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top Sew D Rings

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top D Rings

Step 3: Sew the D-rings to the front straps. I chose to hand sew this so that I could get as close as i could to the metal ring. You should get something like the second picture when you’re done. Also, hem the back of the tank top by folding the excess cloth down and sewing it.

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top Position Straps

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top Adjust Straps

Step 4: Position the straps. I simply used tape to secure them as I tried to figure out the lengths. The straps should be of equal lengths and meet at the metal ring in the middle at the back. Add an extra strap vertically down the back and sew to the new hemmed edge you just made.

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top Back Snap

Step 5: Secure the straps with mini snap fasteners. Remember to remove the tape after!

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top Back Deets

Step 6: The finished product should look something like this! Ta-da!

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top Worn

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top Worn1

Operation Overhaul - Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top Worn2

While I have to admit that it might be more convenient working on a dressform, it is possible to do it without (I did the leather harness tutorial entirely alone!). If need be, call someone for help to position the straps or mark out the areas to cut! Hope you have fun with this one!

Photo Credits (last 3): Timothy Tan

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5 Responses to DIY Tutorial: Bershka Inspired Drop Harness Top

  1. Ashley says:

    I love this top, but I have a problem, you can’t wear bras with them and I definitely need one. Do you wear bandeau tops under tops like these or something?

    • Juu Y. says:

      Hi Ashley! The great thing about DIY is the flexibility to make your own adjustments based on your body! The back of mine looks low but I can still wear a regular strapless bra with it. If not, perhaps try one of those backless bras? I’ll imagine a bandeau might spoil the look!

  2. Pearlyn says:

    So cute! Loved this tutorial, can’t wait to try it out :)

  3. zen says:

    Amazing tutorial! :) wish i had seen it before spending 200 on a harness dress!!! :(

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