Monthly Archives: November 2019

Blue Tops – Maya and Knit Raglan

The Maya pattern by Marilla Walker is a popular “boxy top” pattern with extended shoulders, wide facings, and without any darts for shaping. It was the first independent sewing pattern I bought in 2017, but never made until now.

My fabric is a lightweight India cotton, as best as I can recall. It was only a yard, and not very wide.  The fabric is not stiff and drapes well. When I put my pattern pieces on it, I found I would have to do some piecing.

I cut a size 4 (this is not ready-to-wear sizing) which gave me about 2 inches of ease in the bust and about 5 inches of ease in the hips. It floats around my body in a way that feels good to me.  Goodbye fitted clothes, hello relaxed boxy fit!

I used a scrap of chambray for the neck lining.  I changed the neckline to be a little lower but also widened it a little too much.  It stays on my shoulders though. I also cut the sleeves longer.  I finished the seams with flat felling on the inside.

I love the way it doesn’t catch on my high hip in the back.

I also made another raglan tee shirt using the free pattern from the “It’s Always Autumn” website.  I didn’t have quite enough fabric for the sleeves so used a different shade of blue.

I think I will add a little more ease the next time I make it.  There are pull lines pointing to the bust and it catches on my high hip in back. This is just a plain tee that will get a lot of wear for around the house and walking the dog.

Two blueberry tops : one woven, one knit.  I wear lots of woven sleeveless tops in summer, but then tees for the rest of the year.  I’d like to make some nicer woven sleeved tops, and this Maya is a good step in that direction.