It took me an embarassingly long time to try this pattern. I’m pretty sure I have recommended it more than once without ever having made it. I don’t tend to wear spaghetti straps and usually prefer knits for undershirts. This has changed since making the Ogden Cami by True Bias.
If you read last week’s post on my Frocktails outfit, you’ll know that I made this top as a third choice and sort of last resort. I used a bit of lightweight tencel twill I bought for a Kalle tunic as I was under a deadline and did not have time to run to the store for more fabric. This has convinced me that I should just stockpile a variety of black fabrics for emergencies like this one.
The Ogden is a super fast and easy sew and I can absolutely see myself batch sewing a bunch before my next summer holiday. I cut a size 14 for the bust and graded to an 18 at the hip. I wouldn’t say it is necessary to grade out at the hip as this pattern has a lot of ease, but I very much liked the swingy shape when I did. I also shortened the straps by two inches as the neckline was veeeeeeery deep otherwise.
The hem also ended up somewhat shorter than the pattern intended, but it works on me because I’m short. I’m still playing around with my Baby Lock coverstitch and thought I would try the 1/4 inch single downturn feller foot on a woven. If you chose to do this, make sure you’re using a woven that doesn’t fray much, or serge first. I did not and had bits of hem come down when the twill frayed after washing. Instead of un-picking the whole hem, I serged it off and re-hemmed it on the machine. I only lost about 1/2 inch, but I find that I like the length better.