I would argue the Ogden cami by True Bias is one of the most well known and well loved sewing patterns on the indie pattern scene. As summer rolls round it seems to gather in popularity each year, popping up left, right and centre on my Instagram feed. Finally I got around to making one and I'm so pleased it lived up to expectations.
Sewing Pattern and Fabric
The Ogden cami is your quintessential cami top pattern - what's so special about that you might ask. Well, let me enlighten you.
First let's talk about the cut. A V neck, which is nice and high with no gape-age so you're not constantly pulling it up or worrying about flashing your boobs every time you bend over. Plus a V neck people. I don't know about you, but I think the number of V neck sewing patterns is generally quite limited yet I love a V neck.
On the other hand the back scoops nice and low, but comfortably covers a bra. What a lovely feature. The armholes were also plenty high enough to comfortably cover a bra too. Excellent.
I chose our silky viscose fabric in the vibrant emerald green colourway (it is also available in a purpley blue here). I've had my eye on this little beaut forever and am so glad I finally made something with it.
It has a gorgeously soft silky handle with an almost dobby like embossed effect all over. It moves and drapes wonderfully - perfect for this pattern. And let's just take a moment to admire the magnificent popping colours on the floral print. Oh me oh my!
I wore the cami to the Stitchroom Sewcial and many a sewist oooohed and aaaaaahed whilst stroking the fabric I was wearing. Perfectly normal behaviour to us sewing enthusiasts. Looks completely bonkers to anyone else I'm sure!
I thought the fabric might be difficult to sew with, but it actually behaved very well indeed. Just when I thought I couldn't love it any more.
Adjustment and Sizing
I cut a straight size 4 - a 34" bust, 28" waist and 36" hip. I'm a 34" bust and an inch bigger on the waist and hips, but knew the fit would be fine due to the loose cut.
There was no need to make any fitting adjustments, however, I would say the bust is a little snug when I sit so it might be wise to size up if your measurements sit between sizes.
The construction was super simple. There is a front and back bodice piece, a front and back lining piece (which finishes just beneath the bust) and the straps.
I really liked the lining as a finish for the neckline. Previously I made a cami with a facing finishing the neckline and it showed through to the right side of the garment due to sitting across my bust. With the half lining nothing shows and there is a nice clean finish.
I was surprised when attaching the lining to the bodice there were no prompts to trim the seam allowances. The seams were 1/2" and although clipping around the curves was suggested I felt it was best to trim the seam allowances too.
I used my overlocker to sew the side seams together on the bodice and lining for a quick, but neat finish. I wouldn't recommend this in a heavier fabric because it might look bulky, but in my lightweight viscose it was fine.
I also sewed the straps on my overlocker using this handy little tip - watch here and finished the hems by overlocking the raw edge, pressing it up and stitching in place.
All in all a very quick and satisfying sew. I'm sure there will be many more Ogdens appearing in my wardrobe this year.
In a nutshell I get what all the fuss is about! This is a fantastic pattern, a lovely cut, super easy to sew and oh so easy to wear again and again and again.
Have fun sewing!
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