The zero waste Yo-yo Top

Zero Waste Yoyo top in satin closeup

Here’s a project from Zero Waste Sewing which I never thought I’d make for myself.

It’s a halter neck top made from a single square of fabric.

I included it in Zero Waste Sewing thinking I might have worn this when I was a teenager but probably I wouldn’t now.

Here’s what it looks like in the book:

Zero Waste Yoyo top as it appears in the book

Here’s me wearing the sample:

Zero Waste Yoyo top strawberry print worn by Liz

Actually, it doesn’t look too bad now I see this photo. The top simply ties on, and the knots seem to sit flat enough:

Zero Waste Yoyo top strawberry fabric back view

However, late last year I did a book talk with all the book’s samples and one lady suggested it would look good sewn in slinky satin, and worn under a jacket to fill in the neckline.

Very sophisticated, I thought!

I remembered a piece of satin we had at home, and when I dug it out of the fabric box, it was perfect.

It looks very good under my me-made Louis Vuitton inspired jacket (the one with the invisible mend on the sleeve).

Zero Waste Yoyo top in satin worn under jacket
Zero Waste Yoyo top in satin without jacket

The top is called the Yoyo top because it’s got a circle cut out of the centre which is sewn into a yoyo, then stitched back in. (Quilters will be familiar with yoyos, or Suffolk puffs as they’re sometimes called.) Here’s the reverse side, where you can see it.

Zero Waste Yoyo top untied reverse side

So maybe it’s not such a teenager-y style after all. Thanks Patricia Clarke for that excellent suggestion!



  1. Anthea on February 3, 2020 at 8:57 am

    The top looks great under your jacket!
    Very glam but professional
    Well done

    • lizhaywood on February 3, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks Anthea, pretty happy with it 🙂

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