I was excited to be invited to participate in Coram Week hosted by Indiesew! The Coram Top and Dress by Allie Olson was issued in its paper format recently and the tour going on this week is chock full of amazing Corams (and amazing women)!
The Coram Top and Dress is a loose-fitting, boxy top designed for woven fabrics. It really dishes up some amazing design details. My two favorites include the shoulder dart and the flat felled seam finish. The curved hi-low hemline and sleeves cuffs are stand-outs, too, but I’m a sucker for good guts on a garment. I meant to mention also that it’s a raglan-style sleeve. I can set in a sleeve pretty well these days but it sure is nice not having to ease in a sleeve, you just sew a flat seam instead!
This is my second Coram, and this time I decided that I wanted a little more feminine, and flowy top. To help achieve this, I left off the topstitching at the seams and also omitted the sleeve cuffs. Instead I turned the sleeve up by 1/4″ and then again by 3/4″.
I made this out of a blush pink rayon crepe (sold out from Indiesew) festooned with tropical plants so I don’t think that it could ever be perceived as anything BUT feminine. Regardless, I conceptualized in my head that leaving these details off would give me the results I wanted. I was right! I’m very happy with how it turned out!
I made a Size 6 with no fit modifications and it turned out perfectly. Granted, this was my second Coram so I already knew that it was a great fit for me. I mean, look at that dart placement! The shoulder dart hits me at just the right spot as well.
During the construction I was reminded of how much you have to stretch the woven neckband to lay flat. At least I did with this particular fabric. The pattern stated that you have to “considerably” stretch the band and recommends basting it before finishing the seam. I did, in fact, considerably stretch my band and was glad that I just basted it first because I did need to shorten it slightly.
The construction in this pattern is well thought and explained very well in the pattern. The instructions are very easy to follow and Allie offers up some really good tips for sewing the curved hem. I love learning new tricks in patterns that can be applied to other patterns. People always ask me how I learned to sew and I always tell them that it’s the indie sewing patterns that I use. This one included.
I enjoyed making another Coram. I think the design suits me very well and I love this print styled with my Lander Shorts!
Have you seen the new rayons that have hit the Indiesew shop? They would all make a gorgeous Coram Top or Dress!!