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!
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!
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!
Pattern: Ogden Cami by True Bias
Price: $10.00 USD
Difficulty: Advanced beginner
Techniques Required: Sewing with fiddly fabrics, attaching a facing, turning a thin fabric tube.
- Partial lining on neckline and armholes
- Spaghetti straps
- V shape in front and back
- Lightweight woven fabric
- Matching thread
- Label or scrap of ribbon (optional but recommended)
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.
- 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.
- 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.