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For a long time I avoided getting this pattern. I thought I won’t be able to wear this with a bra. Well I need the extra support so garments with spaghetti straps or strapless hardly ever make it into my wardrobe. However, when I asked on the sewing social media groups I am part of what to use some of my little leftover fabrics the answer was unanimous Ogden Cami by True Bias.
“The Ogden Cami is a simple blouse that can either be worn on its own or as a layering piece under blazers and cardigans. It has a soft V neck at both center front and center back necklines, and delicate spaghetti straps. The neckline and armholes are finished with a partial lining for a beautiful, high end finish.”
Based on my bust measurement, I should have cut size 8. However, looking at the waist and hip measurement as well as the finished garment measurements, I felt that a size 6 and a FBA of 2.5cm (1.25 each side) will be sufficient for me and the top will fit me better than cutting the larger size. To keep the front dart-less once I have added the dart, I removed the extra length in the bust area by removing the same amount from the side and then blending the line into the centre front creating a more shaped hem for the front. Also, I needed to adjust the front lining piece as well.
My first version of this little number was made in the leftover piece I had from making my jump suit using Lady McElroy Cocktail Hour cotton lawn which I blogged about here. Because of me using leftover fabric, I knew I would not get too upset if my modification did not work. I did not use the instructions other than checking sizing and making sure I know what the seam allowance is and skimmed through the diagrams.
I skipped on under-stitching the lining because the fabric is quite stable and the lining does not peek from inside.
It come together quite fast as well. And I now understand why so many people like this pattern. It is a great stash buster pattern as well as good when you have a small piece of fabric left over from another project, that is not big enough for something else.
Although my bra straps are not totally invisible, unlike other cami tops I have it hides the cup and most of the strap going over my shoulder. I like that I can show off my cocktail glasses fabric. I decided I like this fabric and to bring down my leftover fabrics stash I’ll end up making a fair share of these.
I’ve just bought that pattern after having the same reservations as you so it’s great to see it’s worked out for you!
Looks lovely on you! What a great use of left over fabric.
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