Done and Done: The Ogden Cami

img_4636-1It 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.

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Frocktail babes @carmenali and @floralsflannels and I in our Ogdens 

 

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.

img_4634The 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.

 

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