There have been a few RTW pieces that I have held on to over the years, hoping to use them to recreate my favorite items. Luckily for me, Allie from Indiesew has already done the work with the Coram Top. This easy, draped shirt is exactly the kind of thing I like to wear.
Sizing-wise, I made a straight size 6, just to start somewhere. I would like to make a size 4 as well, to see the difference. The shirt is fairly wide, but the bust and shoulder darts help to create a silhouette that is relaxed, but not sloppy. I opted not to flat fell the seams on this one, as I felt it would be lost in the busy floral print (this is old Cotton and Steele rayon. You can see how I used the other colour-way of the print on my Dove Blouse). I made mine out of 1.5 metres of fabric of 44″ wide fabric, but you could get away with a metre if you wanted to get creative about the cutting layout or used store-bought bias binding.
I can see myself making many variations of this top. I’m planning another one with contrast sleeve and neckbands, but I’d also like to do one with a keyhole back and one with bias-bound seams on the outside (to copy an old Banana Republic shirt.) This would be a great pattern for mixing knits and woven fabrics together. In fact, I’m going to go so far as to say that I think this pattern is going to be the new Ogden Cami of the sewing world: it lends itself to endless hacking and interpretation, I think it’s going to be a flattering cut for a lot of people, and you can make one in an afternoon.
Thank you so much to Allie for inviting me along on the blog tour. You can see the other projects using the links below!
Project: Cotton and Steel Coram Top
Total Cost: $32
Pattern: c/o Indiesew
Total Hours: 5.5 (this includes PDF assembly)
Fit adjustments: None. No FBA required!
Fabric Country of Origin: Japan