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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.