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It's Coram Week!

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog. | Coram Top and Dress Week

Late last week, we launched the Coram Top and Dress sewing pattern in paper format! This is my third solo design and second printed sewing pattern. It still feels totally surreal to see boxes upon boxes full of shiny envelopes with printed tissue inside. In fact, it's a total trip.

So to celebrate this momentous occasion, we're celebrating the Coram Top and Dress this week! We've got five sewing bloggers on the docket to show their own Coram versions. And I'll be showing you two new Corams of my own. The first one is shown below!

Let's talk a little bit about the design.

Coram Top and Dress

The Coram Top and Dress is a boxy woven top or dress with cuffed raglan sleeves. Shoulder and bust darts provide a bit of shaping. The top (View A) has a curved hi-low hem, while the dress (View B) has a curved hem that is even from front to back.

Coram Top and Dress Sewing Pattern | Envelope and Line Drawings

Coram is best suited for lightweight fabrics with movement and drape. Rayon challis, silk crepe, and lightweight linens work beautifully for this design. The Coram shown on the envelope above is sewn in poly crepe fabric. I've also sewn the Coram in Tencel twill, rayon challis, and rayon crepe, all with fantastic results.

For a more structured look you can sew the Coram in quilting cotton, lawn, or voile, but it may change the look of the shoulder darts. Those extend to the ends of the shoulder and can be more pronounced and obvious when sewn in a stiffer fabric. If you'd like to use one of these substrates, I highly recommend sewing a muslin first to assess fit.

On the topic of fit, the Coram is a very relaxed silhouette with about 7" of ease at the bust. For those wanting a less boxy fit, you can absolutely size down. Again, sew a muslin before you cut into any precious fabric.

This pattern is very beginner-friendly and sews up quickly. The pattern provides enough seam allowance (5/8") to flat-fell the seams for a professional finish. But if flat-felling doesn't appeal to you, you can finish the seams with a serger too.



Cropped Coram Top

To kick off Coram Week, I sewed up a much fantasized-about cropped Coram Top! I removed four inches from the bottom of the front and back bodices for a top that can be worn with high-waisted pants.

Coram Top Sewing Pattern | Allie Olson

I kept the curve hem consistent with the original design and otherwise sewed the pattern exactly as written.

Coram Top in rayon fabric |

This fabric is relatively stable batik rayon challis from my stash. Because the Coram design is so simple, I really like using fun prints that don't have to compete with intricate design details. Plus, I only needed about 1.5 yards for this cropped version, so this project is definitely a stash buster!

Coram Top Back | Indiesew Blog

I'm wearing my Coram Top with my Ginger Jeans (View B) for an easy casual look. This is my preferred outfit for the work week and it's so easy to throw and head out the door.

Coram Top Front and Side | Coram Week | Rayon Batik Coram Top

Outfit Details:
Top: Cropped Coram Top (size 2, sewn in rayon challis, shop our selection here)
Jeans: Ginger Jeans (size 8, View B)
Shoes: Mohinders City Slippers

From start to finish, this top took me about 2 hours to sew (raglan sleeves for the win!) and it's already gotten a ton of wear. I see a few more versions of my future!

Later this week I'll be showing you a dressed-up version of the Coram in a stunning silk crepe fabric. But until then, make sure to tune into our Coram Week Blog Tour. The complete schedule with links to each blog is below.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, May 30: Teresa // Dandelion Drift
Thursday, May 31: Kristi // sweetkm
Friday, June 1: Dani // Sewing & Cocktails
Saturday,  June 2: Leslie // Thread Bear Garments
Sunday, June 3: Teri // Fa Sew La

Happy Coram sewing!

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