I was contacted by pattern designer Dhurata Davies recently who asked if I would be interested in testing her new pattern, the Cora top which was released yesterday. I was of course very happy to do this! The pattern has some interesting features, most prominently a reversed high/low hemline and a narrow vertical back panel. The front hemline is slightly curved whilst the back is more cropped and straight. The back panel is perfect for showcasing a favorite fabric. You can choose between a wide v-neck or a boatneck and there are options of short or long sleeves, which makes a total of four views.
Do I like the pattern? Oh, yes! I have in fact already made two versions, and this view C. The fabric is a mix of merino jersey (back, sleeves and neckband) and linen jersey (front) in navy with a back panel in woven viscose with polka dots. The pattern is very suitable for playing with colors and different textures, something I love, but never do enough.
The instructions are thorough and well illustrated, and sewing this top should be easily achievable for a confident beginner. I had no problems putting this together, and with only a few seams it didn’t take long to make it either. I have a couple of comments, though. Dhurata suggests adding the sleeves/sleeve cuffs in the round, but in my opinion it’s easier to add sleeves in the flat before you sew up the side seam when working in fabrics like jersey. This is a personal preference and doesn’t make any difference to the finished garment. The sizing is generous, so I sized down based om the finished measurements. My finished tops are still quite oversized. After my feedback Dhurata removed some width in the finished pattern, which I think was a good decision. We all have our specific preferences for fit, so comparing your measurements to the finished garment measurements is always a good idea.
I highly recommend this pattern if you are looking for a boxy top with interesting features. I’m wearing mine all the time and love how comfortable they are. Soon I’ll show you the other one, too!
Disclaimer: I received the pattern for free, but with no other obligation than giving feedback. All materials are my own.
Pattern: The Cora top by Dhurata Davies