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How We Wear It: Silk Coram Dress with Elastic Waist

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog.

How We Wear It: Coram Dress |Indiesew Blog

Today marks the last day of our Coram Week celebration! We had four sewing bloggers show us their interpretation of the Coram Top and Dress sewing pattern and I'm now thoroughly inspired to sew a few more versions! You can see each of their posts here:

Wednesday, May 30: Teresa // Dandelion Drift
Thursday, May 31: Kristi // sweetkm
Friday, June 1: Dani // Sewing & Cocktails
Saturday,  June 2: Leslie // Thread Bear Garments
Sunday, June 3: Teri // Fa Sew La

Today, I'm showing you a silk Coram Dress that I've been dreaming up for a while now. The first time I sewed the Coram Dress, I made a simple waist tie to give the silhouette some shape. But this time, I wanted to add an elastic waist for added comfort and ease. I love the result.

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For this version, I sized down to a 2 (graded to a 4 in the hips) due to a slight amount of stretch in this silk crepe fabric. The fit feels great through the shoulders and bust, with lots of ease through the waist and hips.

I used our How to Add an Elastic Waist tutorial for this dress. That method worked really well to give the shape some waist definition, while still being insanely comfortable to wear.

Because the Coram is a relatively basic design, you can elevate the look with a fun floral print. This silk crepe fabric has an Asian-inspired floral motif that I love. Instead of the neck band, I use bias tape for this neckline and the result feels really clean.

This is such an easy dress to throw on in the summer with some clogs or sandals. Because it's silk, it's super breathable and the wrinkles fall out of it easily. I can see lots of wear of this dress in the future!

If you haven't yet, grab your copy of the Coram Top and Dress sewing pattern. It's a great beginner-friendly sewing project!

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