Sometimes I find a fabric that I can’t get out of my mind. I fell in love HARD for this rayon gingham from Indiesew the second I saw it. If you know me at all, you know I’m a sucker for gingham and black. So… pretty much I had to have this fabric. I knew it would be the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe because it’s so light weight. Even though it’s light weight, it’s totally opaque so I didn’t need to line it.
I wanted to sew a loose fitting summer dress with this fabric, so I choose the Coram Top as my base pattern, lengthened it to an A-line shape, and curved the hem. This might be the breeziest piece of summer clothing I own.
Allie Olson’s Coram Top is a beautiful boxy raglan top with shoulder and bust darts that add some good shaping. One really cool and unique piece to this pattern is the neckline. The neckline pattern piece is cut on the bias and sewn on the same way you would sew on a knit neckband! So cool. In this print I love the bias gingham of the neckline! Maybe next time I’ll cut the sleeve cuffs on the bias too.
This pattern is so versatile! Take a look at all these Coram Top/Dress creations, here and you’re sure to find some awesome inspiration. I definitely browsed these creations when making my decisions about what alterations to make.
My only size suggestion, is to size down if your bust measurement places you between sizes. I didn’t do this, but wish I had. My main size issue was with the neckline being too large. To fix that, I added a simple pleat at the center back, and I’m super happy with how it fits now. Next time, I’ll size down one size.
This lovely fabric is sold out, but check out these alternatives that would create a similar look:
- Rayon Challis Black Palms
- Rayon Challis Merlot Palms
- Rayon Crepe Honeysuckle Blue
- Rayon Crepe Honeysuckle Green
Thanks for following along! I hope you end up loving this pattern as much as I do.