Our Corin Sample Fabrics
Today I’ll be walking you through all the fabrics that we used for our Corin Top samples. It’s one thing for me to just recommend a list of fabrics, especially since they sell out so quickly, but I find it so much more helpful to see the fabric details along with how they sewed up. I can really get an idea of how a similar fabric will work that way. For that reason we tried to use a variety of fabrics for each of our samples.
For Dani's non-elastic version we used this 100% linen watercolor leaves print from Blackbird Fabrics. The slightly stiff drape of linen combined with the linen's memory for all creasing makes it a better choice for the views without gathering or elastic. While you can use it for the ruffle sleeve or elastic waist, keep in mind that the linen will stand out from the body more than a fabric with more drape.
We used a linen / viscose blend from Blackbird Fabrics for Priya's non-elastic top to show how it looks in something slightly more drapey. The linen gives the top a nice heft, but the viscose allows more drape than the 100% linen top. The solid fabric also really lets the simplicity of the silhouette shine.
For the version of the top with elastic at the front only we used the same double gauze for both size range samples. It's such an amazing and comfortable fabric for this pattern we wanted you to be able to see how it looks sewn up for all sizes.
We absolutely love how soft the elastic gathers are when made in double gauze. The back is also quite beautiful due to the soft drape of the fabric – it looks great gathered and straight! We ordered our double gauze from Blackbird Fabrics as well.
For the petal sleeves we recommend using either fabric with a bit more weight or drape than the straight sleeve versions. We used Moira Slub from Stonemountain & Daughter for Dani's version of this option. You'll notice that it's almost the same fiber content as the purple top above, yet has a much different drape. That's due to a combination of the slightly higher viscose content, the weave of the fabric, and the weight. We absolutely love the top sewn up in the Mora slub and I've made one for myself in some as well!
For Priya's version we used a really fun printed viscose twill from Blackbird Fabrics. We love that the twill provides a bit more heft than a viscose challis which is considerably lighter. The gathers are soft yet fluid in this fabric and it gives the petal sleeves a really nice flounce.
So that's a walk through the fabrics we used for our Corin Top samples, I hope this information will help you make a more informed decision on your own fabric choices. If you have any questions you can let us know in the comments below!