I’m super pleased with this one. Such a great feeling when you make something AND when it feels good when you wear it. I don’t think much tops that when it comes to clothes. Having made a lot of clothes for myself over the past 9 years or so I learn a little bit every time I finish something. I learn stuff sewing-wise of course, but I’m talking more about learning about what types of fabrics I like to wear, what silhouettes I like, and what I might reach for over and over again vs. sending off to a friend or donating.
The Coram Top (pattern by Indiesew) is pretty much my dream top. I say that because I love a raglan sleeve and I love the hem. Simple silhouette, but with some interesting details that make it more than just a plain top. I’ve been trying very hard over the past 7 years or so to evaluate what I’m keeping in my closet. It stems much further than my closet, but since we’re talking sewing, I’m going to dive a little deeper into my clothes.
This is such a huge topic for me daily. I think about simplifying all the time, but I still don’t have a definite answer. I feel like I step closer and closer, but I haven’t found that spot yet where I feel like “Okay, I have arrived at the perfect balance.” A big piece of the puzzle for me is that my taste keeps evolving. I don’t have one specific set of rules that makes a great piece of clothing, but two criteria that I know I need in a handmade garment is 1. fun to sew and 2. feels good when I wear it. And I think I’ve definitely found that in the Coram Top.
It’s a straightforward design with some great details: beautiful shoulder darts, some flat felled seams, great looking cuffs, and a cute split hem. The white geo daisy print is one I purchased from Indiesew right when it came out. You know me, give me black and white with a hint of daisy and I’m on board. I love how drapey and fluid it is! It also made me really slow down when I was sewing, which is probably a good thing. With shifty slippery fabrics it’s good to go slow and take your time, they require a little bit more finesse than something more stable. The black lawn is one I purchased from Jones & Vandermeer quite a while back. I’ve been waiting to pair it with the perfect pattern and I’m so happy with how it turned out, too.
I don’t often sew two of the same of any pattern for myself, although I do have some really favorite pattens I need to make again (I’m looking at you Josephine Top!). It was also interesting to compare the different fabrics and how there were slight differences while sewing as well as how they look in the finished top. The neckline of the geo daisies I did have to shorten, as Allie suggests, so that was an excellent tip to the get the neckline to lay just right. It feels really great to have these two tops to reach for now in my closet.
I’m a member of the Indiesew Blogger Team this year! I did purchase both the pattern and fabrics for these projects, but am being compensated for my blog post. However, all opinions are, as always, my own.