White Linen Maya Top

I don’t have a huge amount say about this top, other than it has become a surprise wardrobe hit. I never thought I’d love a simple white linen top as much as I do, but it’s nice to know that the garments we spend time making can still surprise us!

This is the Maya top by Marilla Walker. Marilla released this pattern a few years ago now, but I only recently decided to purchase the pattern after being inspired by so many fabulous versions on Instagram.

Maya features a kimono/cap sleeve, and can be made as a top or dress in different lengths. There are also options for a straight or curved hem, and a plain or button-up front. Basically, it’s a great wardrobe staple pattern ripe for modifications.

I made up a straight size 4 and added some sleeve cuffs, which was as simple as cutting two pieces of fabric the same width as the sleeve, folding them over and attaching them to each cap sleeve edge. The white linen is from the Fabric Store. I was a little worried it would be too crisp, but the linen has already begun to soften after a few washes.

The next time I make this top – and there will be many next times – I'll raise the neckline a little, as it feels a bit wide on me. Otherwise, I love this pattern and this top – a simple, classic wardrobe staple that will get a lot of wear!


  1. It looks great. Does the pattern have a facing or do you use bias binding?

    1. Thanks Emma! The pattern does have a facing, but I cut out my own bias binding instead.