Well it’s time to go back to relatity after a really long vacation and Thanksgiving break – so it’s time to bring back #MeMadeMonday! I’m sharing my new Coram Top from Allie Olson today.
The Coram Top and Dress is a raglan style boxy woven t-shirt. It features bust and shoulder darts and sleeve cuffs. It also has a beautiful dolphin hem. There are two views – view A featuring a hi-low hem and view B is a dress with even hem line and option waist tie.
The instructions were very clear and the pattern has some unique features including the shoulder dart that adds beautiful shaping to the top. The pattern recommends to flat fell the seams, which I didn’t do because I was lazy, but even without doing that, the shirt has very professional details and construction. It’s a great wardrobe basic for even the beginner sewist.
So I will be the first to admit that woven t-shirts just usually are not for me. I’ve tried a bunch including most recently the Key Largo Top and something about them don’t tend to fit me very well. All of my feelings changed though when I sewed up the Coram Top.
I seriously have no complaints about this top – in fact, I wore it both on Thursday and again on Friday after finishing it on Wednesday because I loved it that much. My favorite details are the sleeves – including the sleeve shape (who knew I loved a raglan sleeve?), the shoulder dart (I didn’t even know those existed!) and the cuff. All of those features lead to a beautifully constructed shirt that fits me really well.
I love Allie’s sense of style and the Coram Top was a perfect third pattern for her. I still want to give the Highlands Wrap Dress a try, and after making the Lonetree and the Coram, I feel like I will really like it!
I even think I would like the dress version – if I added the waist tie – because the construction of the garment really fits me well, so I might even give the dress a go!
I bought this fabric a couple weeks ago at Stitch Sew Shop here in the DC area. It caught my eye almost immediately and it is beautiful! When I was at Stitch this weekend, it was out of stock, but I found some online here.
I usually shy away from double gauze – I don’t know why, but it’s just not a fabric that I sew with often. I was hesitant to use it for this top because it said that it was best for fabrics with drape, but I think it was a perfect match. The double gauze gave it a bit of stability and made sewing it up super easy!
Coram Top Summary
Size Made: 6
View: View A
Fabric Used: Japanese Double Gauze from Stitch Sew Shop (same fabric in stock here).
Notions Used: None
Ease of Construction: There were some pieces of this that were a little outside my wheelhouse but the construction was easy and not complicated.
Fit: Spot on!
Beautiful top Lara! I automatically assumed it was a knit until I read your post. I just love it. Woven tees when they fit really well as yours does, are in many cases more flattering than knits. They can skim the body so nicely – no clinging! which at 63 frankly is what I’m keen for 🙂 – and this Japanese cotton is gorgeous!
Lara Liz says
Totally! I’ve always loved other people’s woven tees but they never fit me right. This one blew it out of the water though.
What a beautiful top! This fabric is so so pretty and the style suits you well. Shoulder darts in raglans are always so nice for the extra shaping they provide. Allie’s patterns have such a nice vibe to them. The Lonetree is on my list, though I already have so many jacket patterns and plans to sew them all!
Lara Liz says
Thanks so much Elizabeth! You should totally try out the Lonetree! I love mine.