Hello perfect boxy summer top. Made with a few tweaks to the maya top pattern by Marilla Walker | for more deets check out Randomly Happy

The perfect boxy summer top

Hello perfect boxy summer top. Made with a few tweaks to the maya top pattern by Marilla Walker | for more deets check out Randomly HappyHello perfect boxy summer top. Made with a few tweaks to the maya top pattern by Marilla Walker | for more deets check out Randomly HappyHello perfect boxy summer top. Made with a few tweaks to the maya top pattern by Marilla Walker | for more deets check out Randomly Happy

 

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…

Inspiration

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… πŸ™‚

The pattern

I made this using the Maya pattern by one of the loveliest ladies in indie sewing – Marilla Walker.

So I’m definitely no stranger to this pattern. I’ve made three versions already – including a button down version and one using knit fabric.

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.

Hello perfect boxy summer top. Made with a few tweaks to the maya top pattern by Marilla Walker | for more deets check out Randomly HappyHello perfect boxy summer top. Made with a few tweaks to the maya top pattern by Marilla Walker | for more deets check out Randomly HappyHello perfect boxy summer top. Made with a few tweaks to the maya top pattern by Marilla Walker | for more deets check out Randomly Happy

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 πŸ™‚

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.

Verdict

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 – Β 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

  1. Reply
    PsychicSewerKathleen

    You stopped me in my tracks with that reference to Elizabeth Suzann πŸ™‚ Her wonderful creations take up most of my pinterest board for “creative inspiration”! So as you can imagine I just LOVE your top. It’s exactly what I’ve been fantasizing about myself – I have some gorgeous linen similar to yours that I purchased a sewing/craft show here in Victoria BC Canada in the spring from one of my fabric shops. AND I’ve been waiting to for just the right pattern for it. The problem with this pattern for me is that I have to do an FBA on almost all patterns – a boxy top just won’t work for me πŸ™‚ But I will get there…I have the MixIt pattern by the Sewing Workshop that I keep thinking would be perfect πŸ™‚ Thank you for more inspiration and I love your addition of a band at the sleeve – it gave it just that extra something that makes it special indeed!

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      randomly_happy

      I feel you on the FBA – I probably should learn to do them πŸ˜„ I do think the Maya is roomy enough to do without, but if you’ve found a great pattern then you should definitely go for it ❀

  2. Reply
    Kathryn

    This looks so good!! I love your addition of the cuffs & might need to copy that for my next maya top. The seam down the back is a nice detail too.

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Thanks Kathryn! I’m really pleased with it πŸ˜„ and agree that the extra details help bring it closer to it’s inspiration. You should definitely have a go at making this!

  3. Reply
    Victoria

    Omg, I LOOOOOOVE this so much. The cuffs are my favourite part! Even though I’ve sewn a couple of boxy tops in the past and hated them on me, I think just maybe this one could be a winner.

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Ha ha – thanks Victoria! Like I told you on Instagram, I was totally expecting this not to work on me (boxy tops and I don’t usually get along) but the drafting on the Maya is superb. You should try it!

  4. Reply
    Sarah

    This is lovely… I’ve been thinking about a suitable pattern for a Georgia style tee…. maybe this summer! An oversized Maya was a definite contender!

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      I just know how much I love it πŸ˜„ Be cool to know what other patterns you were considering

  5. Reply
    Let's Get Sewing

    The blog post title says it all – the perfect boxy summer top. It’s gorgeous!

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Thanks so much! It’s a real beaut. And the linen makes it such a treat to wear!

  6. Reply
    Gemma

    Love this! Great silhouette!

    Gemma
    http://www.fadedwindmills.com

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Thanks Gemma. I’d highly recommend the pattern and the hack!

  7. Reply
    Sheryll

    Very cute! It looks lovely in linen – and I imagine it will only get better with wearing!

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      So true Sheryll. It’s already starting to soften. 😍

  8. Reply
    Alison

    I love it! I am experimenting with the Maya top pattern in the hopes of having the “perfect boxy tee”. You’ve inspired me

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Thanks Allison! I’d say the Maya is my perfect boxy tee pattern. I’d size down slightly if you can as it’s very roomy.

  9. Reply
    Adeline

    I’ve been in a sewing rut for awhile and kinda lost that sewing mojo because I’ve been so tired ever since I had a new job. But this post totally drew me in and kinda got me thinking how I’ll like to make one too and what material I should use. Love the back seam too, I think it gave the top some character.

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      I hear that about ruts! I really think creativity is about ebb and flow. It’s about not beating ourselves up. That said, I would definitely recommend this as an easy make. Really straight forward and sooooo satisfying!

  10. Reply
    Roo

    I love your boxy t, perfect for summer and linen wears so beautifully. the cuff really looks good and is a fab detail, I’m off work next week and will have to visit Walthamstow market to find some gorgeous fabrics

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Thanks Roo! You definitely need to hit up Walthamstow. The man outside Sainsbury’s is there Tuesdays for sure and has some really gorgeous stuff. He’s outside Lloyd’s bank during the week so don’t miss him!

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    Charlotte

    A gorgeous make! Just be careful to avoid kids and red wine πŸ™‚

    Thanks for introducing me to Elizabeth Suzann. I’ve been scrolling around on her site and I love practically every item for sale! Definitely plenty of inspiration there for my handmade wardrobe.

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      True story! Problem is I have a 3 year old, so definitely living life on the edge πŸ˜€

  12. Reply
    HW

    Perfect boxy top! Can I ask for some advice on the underarm area? I typically find when adding cuffs to a drop-sleeve top that the underarm area is temperamental. Its tends to get bunched up (pulls) to a point there, where it transitions to the body. Yours doesn’t seem to have that issue. Could it be that the underarm area is a sligtly curved instead of sharp angle between the cuff and the side-seams?

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      randomly_happy

      Great question! It’s a kimono sleeve, so slightly curved. The cuff is an additional 1 1/2″ and it works a treat! πŸ˜„

  13. Reply
    Kelly

    I love it! And I love Elizabeth Suzann, so I suppose no surprise there πŸ™‚ This is so perfect for just about anything. The weight of the fabric works really well!

  14. Reply
    Kate

    Great minds think alike!! I hacked the Carson dress (which I love!!) and turned it into a boxy top with the short sleeve. I had just finished 2 maya tops and wanted that little sleeve like you did. Nice job!

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