Lately I’ve been seeing modified Maya Tops all over the place, with extended sleeves and added cuffs. I was planning to make myself a version of this trend in black linen, but when I dug through my stash I couldn’t find the cut of linen I knew was in there somewhere. Such a mystery!
Happily, while I was digging around in my cupboard, I came across this cotton/silk ikat that I found in the remnant bin at The Fabric Store a couple of months back. It was sitting in there no doubt due to a fairly significant flaw in the weave pattern. You can see an example of the flaw here.
Dye and weave flaws have never really scared me off. I find there are generally ways to cut around problem areas, or to simply embrace the impefections and revel in the delight of having saved an unfortunate piece of fabric from ending up in landfill.
For this Maya Top I cut a size 2 with the sleeves at the size 6 length, added 1″ at the centre front and centre back, and then added 2″ cuffs onto the sleeves.
As you can see I ended up with some of the flawed areas of the fabric front and centre, but I love it nonetheless. I think the ikat can handle it, and I love it and will get a lot of wear out of a cut of fabric that would otherwise have gone to waste.
In addition, once I cut out my top I took the remaining pieces of fabric (some of which had really, really significant problems), and turned them into bias tape for use in future garments. The flaws will be irrelevant once in the form of bias tape, I’ll feel good knowing I squeezed a lot of life out of this sad remnant, and I get to use some beautiful luxe cotton/silk bias tape in some of my future garments!
I also used some of the bias tape to finish the neckline on this top, rather than using the neckline facing.
Pattern: Maya Top by Marilla Walker
Fabric: Cotton/Silk ikat from The Fabric Store (remnant, due to flaw)
Modifications: Added 1″ at centre front & back, cut sleeves at size 6 length, added approx 2″ cuffs to sleeves, finished neckline with self bias tape instead of facing.
Notions: Self bias tape.