Do you ever get the all-consuming need to add something to your wardrobe?
I’ve been teaching myself to be level headed and to carefully consider my makes, but when the idea for this came into my head I just had to get it done.
And guys, I’m so SO glad I did. Let’s dive in…
This was 100% inspired by the beautiful slow fashion style of the epic Elizabeth Suzann. I just love her use of natural materials and loose styles.
Specifically this was inspired by her beautiful Georgia top which is pretty much perfection. Sigh.
Since I’m a sucker for a handmade wardrobe I wanted to have a go at making my own breezy, boxy casual summer top just to see if it works for me. Plus it’s super popular shape right now.
And did I mention the linen? We’ll get back to that in a minute… 🙂
I made this using the Maya pattern by one of the loveliest ladies in indie sewing – Marilla Walker.
If it ain’t broke, right?
Sadly, these have all been retired as they haven’t quite been the team players I need them to be to work in my minimal wardrobe (you can read more on team players here and how they really make magic in capsule wardrobes). But the pattern remains a solid favourite.
And guys. It works so fricken much. Especially with just a few tweeks.
Details & a few Changes
So I used some medium-weight linen I scored in Walthamstow from Seedes. To give you an idea of the weight I had originally bought this fabric for cushions 🙂
I cut a size 3. This is based on previous experience of a 2 being a smidge too tight and size 4 being a bit too big. I’d say the pattern runs a tad large.
And now for the changes
I swapped out the facings. I used self-made bias binding to finish the neckline and drafted my own cuffs to finish the sleeves.
Drafting the cuffs was easy – I just cut two rectangles measuring 3″ wide and as long as the circumference of the sleeve. I then sewed the two narrow ends together to form a tube, and then attached the cuff to the sleeve.
I also cut the back in two parts. Mostly to make the most out of the little fabric I had but also because I wanted to give myself some wiggle room to adjust for sway back (my usual adjustment). In the end I didn’t need to make any adjustments, but I like the effect of a seam in the back and would be tempted to do it again.
To be honest, I was totally expecting this to turn out badly. Usually, such spurn of the moment makes don’t work out well for me, but I spent a lot of time considering the details (my secret weapon).
I think it really paid off – the bias binding and the cuffs all work together.
And I am in love.
Seriously obsessed. This top goes with everything in my wardrobe and is so soft and easy to wear.
I’m definitely keen to make more in linen – it’s such a great material. So easy to work with and such a cracking material to wear. So soft and easy. I’m also keen to