MY FIRST OGDEN CAMI – SEW & TELL PATTERN REVIEW

Welcome back to the blog, it’s been very busy around here and I love it, because we are making pretty and unique hand-made clothing.

In today’s blog, I will be reviewing the Ogden cami by True Bias Patterns. It’s my first Odgen cami, and it’s also officially my first cami. lol, I have tried to make cami’s in the past with self-drafted patterns, and I must say, I did not end up with a cami. Cami’s are simple clothing item, but they require precise measurements and are not as easy to get. The Ogden cami is wonderful in that they have perfected the cami. It’s simple to make, there are no darts and therefore minimal fitting issues, it’s immensely flattering – the front and back necklines are just the perfect V – and it’s endlessly customisable.

oh boy, I have started my review too early… I wanted to tell a story first.

August is Ogden Cami month, and to participate and join in with the thousands of women making the cami this month, Tino gifted me the pattern and we decided to collaborate by hacking the pattern and sharing on our blogs. I wanted to hack mine to a slip dress using satin and Tino hacked her’s into this beautiful ruffle hem maxi dress using Ankara. I really love how her dress turned out. It is really beautiful.

You must be wondering where my slip dress is. Well, that did not pan out as planned. It is my first time using the Ogden pattern, and I should not have attempted a hack when I did not know how it would look on me in it’s original form. I cut out a size 12, and I extended the length of the cami to make a dress. What I did not consider is how wide the original cami is at the hem, so adding length to it only made it wider. After I was done with my slip dress, It looked really floppy on me, my waist was not defined, and it was really big at the hip. I tried shaping it, but that’s not really a good idea when an item is cut on the bias. Anyways, I gave up on it, slashed the dress in half and turned the bottom half into a slip skirt with an elasticated waist. follow me on Instagram to see how that turned out.

I went crying to Tino and she sent me an article on tips with cutting on the bias, which was helpful as I decided to try out the original cami, no hacking with a chiffon fabric.

I really love how the cami turned out. I cut out size 12 but next time, I will make a size 10. The only change I made was to extend the strap which I discovered was not necessary and I had to reduce it again. other than a few steps I skipped, I made no other adjustments. The cami was so easy to make, enjoyable even. It is one of those great basics that are super easy to sew and will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe. It has a standard camisole silhouette and if not cut on the bias needs minimal fabric.

I will definately be trying this out in different fabrics, especially Ankara, and hacking it into a beautiful dress like Tino’s. Here is a link to Tino’s blog to read about her odgen cami experience.

Thanks Tino for being a lovely Sewist Sister!

Here is a video showing you the steps I took to create my chiffon Ogden cami. Happy Sewing!

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