Hack: Cora in woven fabric

The Cora tee by Dhurata Davies launched a few days ago, and I was lucky to be invited to test the pattern before its release. I immediately liked the boxy shape and the two necklines, in fact I liked both necklines so much that I couldn’t choose – I had to try both. This is view B with boatneck and long sleeves. My small hack this time was to use a woven fabric instead of jersey at the front. The pattern invites you to use any fabric in the narrow back panel, but because of the boxy shape I think you can use woven fabric anywhere, maybe except for the sleeves and cuffs. If you want to finsish the neckline with a woven fabric, I’d suggest using a facing (with added seam allowance) or bias tape.

Some time ago I bought a remnant of a Nano Iro fabric in rexcell, a Japanese fabric similar to tencel or viscose made from eucalyptus. It has a slight shine, wonderful drape and looks/feels a bit like silk. The colors are gorgeous, and I thought it would suit a litte top or blouse. I had a small remnant of merino/tencel jersey, too, but not enough for a garment, so I decided to mix the two: Jersey in the back, sleeves and neckline, and rexcell in the front and back panel.

I am very pleased with how it turned out, and the combination works great. The neckline is beautiful, just perfect for me. I mentioned that the test version of the pattern is a bit wider than the final version in my last post. I like it this way, too, but I think it is very wide and would have taken out a few centimeters next time. Now it’s done for you already, no worries.

The best feature of this pattern is perhaps that it invites you to play with your fabrics and be creative. You only need about 1 m, and you can easily mix it up. If you want, you can use the same hemline on the front and back, or you can use a bias tape or a facing instead of jersey or ribbing in the neckline – just remember to add a seam allowance. It’s a very quick make, too, you can do it in a couple of hours. So – what do you think? Are you going to try this pattern? If you do, please let me see the result!

Pattern: Cora tee by Dhurata Davies
Fabric: Nani Iro rexcell and merino/tencel jersey
Size 12 (size down if you are between sizes, check the garment measurements before you decide)

Disclaimer: I received the pattern for free, but with no other obligation than giving feedback. All materials are my own.

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