The zero waste geometric top

Geometric top with zero waste jeans

It’s less than 7 weeks until Zero Waste Sewing is set free in the world! Or unleashed, as my husband is fond of saying. Leading up, I’ll be making some of the projects from the book on this blog, and today here’s one of them.

The Geometric Top is composed of 2 squares, 2 rectangles and 2 triangles. It has a sculptural-looking neckline and looks good in prints, stripes, Ikat fabric and plains.

The idea for it began more as a challenge than inspiration: could I make a top from woven fabric that doesn’t have zip or buttons? (and of course is zero waste.)

Here’s the rather unflattering-looking flat sketch:

Geometric top sketch from zero waste sewing book

Here it is in the book:

Geometric top in zero waste sewing book

Here’s me wearing the book’s sample:

Geometric top from Zero Waste Sewing on me

The fabric is actually an op-shop tablecloth we were using for playing lego on, which got commandeered for a higher cause!

I’ve made a new Geometric Top in black, a colour I rarely wear although I used to have lots of black clothes. I find it depressing and harsh to wear black now – I got better at using colour and fell in love with it. However, this top could be The Exception That Makes The Rule. It could go with lots of things, not show the dirt, and look a bit different from your regular black top.

The sleeves on this top are slightly shorter than the one in the book – the sleeve length can be tweaked according to the fabric width.

Geometric top zero waste black

So hard to photograph without making it look like a silhouette, but this over-exposed shot shows it better…and shows all that dust and fluff too.

Geometric top zero waste black version

Thinking it would look good with above-elbow sleeves, or piping in the diagonal seam lines, or in a textural linen, or tartan……



  1. Sue Stoney on January 27, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    I must get back to one of these. I really like this top and, yes, lots of opportunities to embellish!

    • lizhaywood on January 27, 2020 at 9:15 pm

      Cheers, Sue, I think it’s “you”. Recommend experimenting with the sleeve length when you hem the sleeves – I quite like mine shorter.

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