Pattern Hack: Maya Summer Sweatshirt Experiment

I’ve been playing a bit with ponte recently. I’m not ready to ditch warm sweatshirts just yet but hopefully I’ll be needing some lighter weight transitional ones in the coming weeks. (Although at the moment it’s still coat weather here!!) And to my mind ponte is perfect for that. Midway between a sweatshirt and a tee. I literally LOVE this blushy beige ponte from Fabric Godmother. (It’s actually down as Roma Jersey. Feels very ponte to me. Is there a difference people? Do tell!)) I had visions of a simple silhouette with some subtle detailing…maya summer sweatshirt hack (1)

I opted to play with my tnt Maya pattern by Marilla Walker. Ignore the fact that it looks like I cut it massively longer than the pattern. I didn’t. I’ve just hacked my Maya pattern pieces down really short so I can play with different lengths and hem finishes on the fly. It’s not precise this playing malarkey. If it helps you to gauge, I’ve cut to just above hip length in the pic above…

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I’ve been slightly obsessing over darts and seaming. Not just in terms of poviding shaping but as a way of providing interest to plain fabrics too. And since my make for the BV Sewalong showed me that a darted top could give me a better (on me) version of the boxy style tops I love….I thought I’d give it a go on this make. So I made up the maya as per usual….then pinned out some angled darts from the waist either side of the CF…

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Then cut and joined a wide strip the same circumference as the hem. (Look at the colour of that fabric people. LOVE!)

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Folded the band in half, pinned, then serged to the hem.

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Same process but with shorter bands (obvs) for the cuffs…

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Et voila! A short sleeve summer Maya sweatshirt! The darts are my absolute favourite part of this experiment. I love the subtle shaping they give and the interest they add. Apart from my usual hatred of self photography, there is a reason you’re not seeing a shot of me wearing this. I messed up with my proportions a little and it’s just a little too big currently. I’m also not sure about the cuffs on me.  It’s in the queue at my overlocker to be adjusted. But I wanted to share it with you. If you wanted a sweatshirt with a little more shaping….give ponte and darts a go!


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  1. Charlotte April 21, 2016

    Lovely, the cuffs look great in the images above & that colour is gorgeous

  2. Janice Huffman April 21, 2016

    The color is wonderful and the placement of the darts and seam bands just make this top. Wish I could get a pattern just like it at a store!

    • Portia Lawrie April 21, 2016

      Aw thanks Janice!

  3. Ann Boyer April 21, 2016

    Terrific idea. Looks great without a “look at me” impact!

    • Portia Lawrie April 22, 2016

      Thank you Ann! I think you just summed up the whole aesthetic I aim for!

  4. Stephanie April 22, 2016

    The fabric is actually called Ponte di Roma (jersey) but is often refered to as Ponte or Roma (jersey) – they’re basically the same thing 🙂 Great idea to use ponte as a transitional fabric!! Looks lovely!

    • Portia Lawrie April 22, 2016

      Ahhhhhh! Thank you so much Stephanie!!

  5. Kelsey May 3, 2016

    I love everything about this – the fabric, the color, the shape. It’s gorgeous!

    • Portia Lawrie May 3, 2016

      Aw, thanks Kelsey!!

  6. Kerry May 14, 2016

    Need to give this a go but in a bright colour

    • Portia Lawrie May 14, 2016

      You guys are so awesome. Thank you!


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