I have a summer dress to show you today that will make getting ready a breeze and elevate your look whether you’re going on a date or chasing kids around. This is the Coram Top and Dress pattern by Allie Olson of Indiesew, made with the watermelon ribbed Tencel twill from her shop (now sold out). You guys! I just can’t stop sewing with Tencel. Like it’s an addiction. Like I might just become a Tencel snob. This stuff is amazing!
What is Tencel you ask? Allie wrote a super informative article here, and I highly recommend you read it before sewing with it, or if you are interested in learning more about it.
So first let me talk about the dress. This was my first time working with an Allie Olson Pattern and I truly enjoyed it. The Coram is a boxy style top or dress with shape defining pleats at the bust and shoulder. I made the dress version and added the optional waist tie. My favorite feature is the raglan sleeve, which is perfect for a woven top because it gives you freedom to move, and it’s breathable. Effortless comfort with maximum range of motion – a design element I didn’t even know I needed until I made this. Now I have to try the top.
The split hi-lo hem is another feature I really like, It’s great for moms with littles and I really like how deep it is on the top version as well. The sleeves are short and cuffed giving it a summer vibe.
I knew from the start I was going to want the waist tie. The boxy trend is super comfortable and carefree, but it doesn’t do much for my already rather straight body, and being tall also factors in to the equation. The tie draws a line at my waist. That’s all I need. Just a line.
I sewed the size 6 based on my measurements when I started the project. But now that my son nurses less I am a size 4. In addition to that, when I did my tissue fitting I took my broad back adjustment from 1/2″ to a full inch which I now think was too much. Since this is already a loose fitting garment, those adjustments have a greater impact. Next time when I make the top, I will size down and do less of a broad back adjustment. That should fix how the bust darts sit on me. The other adjustment I made was my sewing tall adjustment of adding 5″ to the length, which I split up between the two locations provided in the pattern.
The Tencel I used was the sold out watermelon ribbed Tencel from the Indiesew fabric shop. Currently the other Tencels are also out of stock, but you can request restocks here. She has several that are re-orderable and they are all amazing. The combination of this dress with the Tencel is perfect for summer. It is cool against the skin and breathable.
The pattern is very organized with well drawn illustrations and easy to follow instructions. The suggested method for seams is flat felled and she provides instructions for that separate from the garment construction so the pattern itself has a good balance of informative and not too wordy.
My Time Investment:
Trace/Tissue Fitting: 20 min | Cut: 24 min | Construction: 3 hours
A streamlined blend of style, comfort, wear-ability and feminine details? I’m all in.
*The fabric and pattern were provided to me for this post so I could share my experience with you. As always, the opinions expressed here are my own.