Pattern Review

Made: The Ogden Cami

The True Bias Ogden Cami has been in my stash since the day it released and I’m just now getting around to making it!

Creative Counselor: Ogden Cami

And really, I don’t know why I waited so long.  This top was fast, took very little fabric, and has a very nice finish.  The partial lining on the neckline and arms makes for a clean finish with no visible topstitching, which I love on a top like this.  The pattern recommends putting a label or piece of ribbon in on the back lining piece to help distinguish back from front.  I did that and I’m glad I did!

Creative Counselor: Ogden Cami

I shortened my straps by about 2″ because the neckline was hanging too low on me.  I typically have to remove length from this are, though 2″ was more than I typically would remove.  That may be due to the top as drafted sitting lower than I prefer, or it may be that my rayon challis fabric stretched out a bit with handling, which would not surprise me at all.

Overall, I am very pleased!

Creative Counselor: Ogden Cami

Creative Counselor: Ogden Cami

Creative Counselor: Ogden Cami

Creative Counselor: Ogden Cami


Pattern: Ogden Cami by True Bias

Price: $10.00 USD

Size: 6

Difficulty: Advanced beginner

Techniques Required: Sewing with fiddly fabrics, attaching a facing, turning a thin fabric tube.

Options/Features:

  • Partial lining on neckline and armholes
  • Spaghetti straps
  • V shape in front and back

Supplies Needed:

  • Lightweight woven fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Label or scrap of ribbon (optional but recommended)

Similar Patterns: Megan Nielsen Reef Cami, Made for Mermaids Mama Quinn

Fabric: Rayon challis from Cali Fabrics

Fit: Really good.  I shortened the straps, which is a common alteration for me. Otherwise no fit adjustments.  I chose the size that corresponds with my measurements.

Modifications: I shortened the straps by about 2 inches.

Pattern format: PDF.  There is a print at home and copy shop option available.  I used the copy shop version, but the print at home file is pretty small.  It’s a very manageable file.

Pros:

  • Easy and fast construction.
  • The neckline facing makes for a really nice finish.
  • The straps are just wide enough to cover a bra strap, which is a big plus.
  • Comfortable to wear, but easy to style many different ways.
  • Great for office, casual or even a night out.
  • Requires very little fabric, so it’s a great way to use up smaller woven pieces.

Cons:

  • Those small tubes are a PITA to turn.
  • It’s hard to check the length of the straps prior to completing the entire top.  I ended up needing to shorten my straps by 2″, so I had to improvise a bit.  But I’ve already started a second one, and now I know to shorten the straps.

Overall Grade: A.  Great fit, great drafting, great timeless style.  It’s a fast sew that uses very little fabric and even covers bra straps.

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