There’s been something in the crisp mid-western air this fall season that has put me in the utmost of festive moods. I’m already looking up holiday cocktail recipes and deciding where I want to put my white poinsettias for Christmas. It’s not even Halloween, so, you can see that it’s hit me hard this year. I don’t even particularly like poinsettias, so I don’t know what’s going on. Regardless, I’m feeling festive and I was very excited that Allie of Indiesew asked me to be part of her Fall/Winter Collection Tour. This collection so perfectly captures how I’m feeling this season: FESTIVE! I think this was one of her more eclectic collections and it is on point.
What I love most about the collections that Indiesew puts together is how they open my style aperture. A pattern that I wouldn’t have necessarily tried before takes on a whole new dynamic once I’ve seen how it’s styled in these collections. Like those Burnside Bibs, for instance. While I was always intrigued by the design, their issuance and styling in this season’s collection solidified the fact that I need them!
The Coram Top is Allie’s third pattern and, like her previous two patterns, it’s just my style. The Coram Top/Dress is a flattering raglan style shirt with the option for a dress and a waist tie. What I like about the Coram Top is its simplicity and how it’s elevated to the next level with its beautiful details and finishing technique.
The pattern includes bust darts, shoulder darts, a bias neck band, a dolphin hemline, and flat felled seams. She included a 5/8″ seam allowance (unless otherwise noted) on the pattern.
In the early, “I’m-an-idiot” stages of my sewing endeavors I didn’t like 5/8″ seam allowances and thought they were a mile long. I’m still an idiot but I have at least realized the value of a 5/8″ seam allowance! They give you room for French seams, flat felled seams….and most importantly, the necessary, and inevitable fitting adjustment on jeans.
I used this really shifty (but seasonally f*e*S*t*I*v*E) rayon plaid that I got from Joann’s. I fought hard for those flat felled seams with how shifty this fabric was and ended up muscling them into place with some Wonder Tape. I was also excited to stripe match the side seams (because I live to stripe matching side seams) but my plans were foiled after realizing that I had a bust dart to contend with. Remember how I said that I’m still an idiot? Yeah. So, my side seams are not stripe matched but I can live with that because my bust dart is perfectly placed. The shoulder darts were perfect on me as well and gives such a nice shape to the shoulder.
As a layering piece for this season I sewed up the Carrie Cardigan by Delia Creates. It’s a loose, cocoon-style cardigan that comes in two separate lengths with two different sleeve lengths. I chose to do the long version with long sleeves. I’ve worn this a few times since I’ve made it and gotten compliments on it. I think people are drawn to how cozy it looks and I have to agree. This cardigan really drapes and wraps around you and because of its shape and volume. I used the gray French terry from the Indiesew shop that is unfortunately sold out now.
This pattern is roomy so I would recommend sizing down if you’re between sizes or if you’re using a thin knit with less recovery. I added 1″ to mine and probably didn’t need to. It is a really, really easy sew and I think taping the pattern and cutting it out took longer than construction.
I really like this pattern because you can dress it up or down. Made with a fancy shimmery sweater knit this cardigan would be perfect for a holiday dinner out with friends. Pair it with skinnies, your favorite top, and a decorative necklace and you’re set! It’s also quite perfect for running errands with the kiddos or, to be specific, writing late night blog posts.
Be sure to check out all of the other ladies’ posts on the tour. I’m not exaggerating when I say I fully plan to rip off everything that they’ve made! Like Peggy’s topstitching on her darts?!?! What? Mind. Blown.
I’ll wrap up, but I hope this post finds you happy and feeling festive as well. Just remember what the upcoming season is all about: looking out for each other, taking care of yourself, hot cider, plush fabrics, lots of gravy, Christmas music, Clark Griswold, and the humming of your machine as you’re furiously trying to get all of your Christmas presents finished.
These patterns were provided to me by Indiesew at no cost but the opinions stated above are solely my own.