Corinne is the crop top, top, and bodysuit pattern you’ve got to have right this minute!!! Corinne is available in our Women’s sizing. Choose from five sleeve options (sleeveless, short, half, 3/4, or long), two necklines (crew, mock turtleneck), and two cutout options (low or high). The legs are finished with picot, while the neckline and sleeveless options are finished with binding. Finally, Corinne includes an optional shelf bra.
Dress Hack / Ruby + Corinne Mash
You can make yourself a fabulous bodycon dress mashing two great Made for Mermaids patterns- here is what you need:
- The Ruby Dress Pattern and the Corinne Pattern
- Fabric with great stretch and recovery (as listed in the tutorials for each pattern)
- Pen and scissors to mark changes and cut new pattern
Decide on your favorite Corinne bodice style and print pieces needed (for this tutorial I am using the sleeved, high neckline bodice with short sleeves). Print the Ruby dress pattern in your desired dress length.
Start with the FRONT pieces of both patterns. Lay your Corinne lower front bodice ON TOP of the Ruby Pattern, lining up the center front fold line. The Corinne piece will be wider than the Ruby. Make sure the underarm is lined up. I highlighted the Ruby pattern underneath in yellow so you can see how the underarm lines up.
Follow the hip curve line of the Ruby Dress (from about the waist down) and the bodice lines of the Corinne while cutting out the front of the dress. This piece is cut out on the fold.
Next, lay the back piece of Ruby ON TOP of the back bodice for Corinne. Line up the underarm again. You will notice the Ruby pattern curves in through the hips and waist. Take a pen and follow the curves of Ruby, tracing it onto your Corrine bodice. Gradually grade out as you come to the neckline area and follow the Corinne bodice to the top of the back bodice. Cut out the Corinne pattern following the pen lines you traced. Lay the new cut Corinne bodice underneath the Ruby, lining up the underam. Cut out 2 back pieces following the Corinne pattern on the top portion and the Ruby pattern to the desired skirt length.
Sew the center back seam of your dress. Then continue cutting and sewing all pieces for the Corinne (bindings, top bodice, sleeves) and follow the Corinne tutorial. Now you have a great bodycon dress with a fun front cutout.
The Corinne makes the best swim top! It only takes a few modifications to get you there too, I just love an easy hack! For this hack you’ll need your Corinne pattern, swim fabric, swim lining (you may also use the same swim fabric as the lining), 1/4 inch swim elastic for the binding, either 3/8 or 1/2 inch swim elastic for the crop and top hem, and 1″ swim elastic for the shelf bra option.
Decide whether you want crop length or top length for your swim top. If you choose the top length, you will use the top length cutline for your main fabric, and the shelf bra cutline for your lining. If you choose the crop option, you will use the shelf bra cutline for your main and lining. Cut your Corinne top at the cut lines for your choice of options out of both your swim fabric and your lining fabric. Cut your corresponding binding pieces for the neckline cut lines you chose out of your swim fabric. You will also cut your 1/4 inch swim elastic the same size as your binding pieces. You should have 3 pieces of 1/4 inch elastic. One for the main neckline, and one each for the upper and lower necklines. If you are doing sleeveless, you will also have binding pieces and 1/4 inch elastic for your armscyes.
You may also choose to line the upper bodice. Place your upper bodice main on top of your upper bodice lining, the wrong side of main to the wrong side of the lining. Clip and baste together around the entire thing. We will be treating this as one piece. Set aside for now.
Construct your bodice as you normally would. All the steps are the same up until the binding. We will be adding our swim elastic inside our binding. Begin attaching your binding following the tutorial steps, by finding the centers of your binding piece and your lower front. Clip and stitch in place, right side of the binding to the wrong side of the bodice. *use a basting stitch.* I like to baste a lot while sewing swim, as swim fabric, likes to shift. Better safe than sorry!
Now, take your elastic and place it on the wrong side of your binding. Clip and use your desired final stitch to attach. Either a serger or stretch stitch.
Continue with the rest binding instructions per the tutorial.
You will repeat these steps for attaching your elastic for the rest of the options that need binding. (Upper bodice, and armscyes if you chose sleeveless) To hem. Cut a piece of 3/8 or 1/2 inch elastic the same width as your bottom bodice. Overlap your elastic ends and sew, creating a loop.
Quarter your bottom bodice edge and your elastic.
Matching quarter points, attach to the wrong side of your bottom bodice with your desired stitch, either serger or regular machine. Turn up the bottom edge/elastic to the wrong side, clip it in place.
Topstitch in place. That’s it! Such a cute swim top. I chose long sleeves for a rash guard style and paired them with the Roxy bottoms! – Stephanie
Cap Sleeve Hack
Want to add even more sleeve options to the Corinne pattern?! The cap sleeve hack is a SUPER simple hack that packs a big punch! For this hack, Christina simply used the Women’s Ivy cap sleeve to modify the Corinne short sleeve pattern piece. First, print and cut both the Corinne sleeve and the Women’s Ivy cap sleeve.
Lay the cap sleeve on top of the Corinne short sleeve pattern piece, aligning the armscyes horizontally and the center notches vertically, as shown below. Corinne is shown in Indigo and the Women’s Ivy cap sleeve is shown in solid red.
Trace the Corinne sleeve cap, then trace the Ivy cap sleeve along the side seams and hem. Construction will be exactly the same as what is shown in the Corinne tutorial.
Isn’t this cap sleeve absolutely stunning?!
We can’t wait to see your sassy selves in the new Corinne! Share your makes with us on Facebook and Instagram once you’ve sewn one up! We love to check out your new creations 🙂