If you are a regular “sewing instagram” user then you have probably heard of the ogden cami by True Bias. After seeing so many people modelling their makes, I visited the True Bias website, purchased the PDF and was ready to sew it up right away! This is beginner friendly, versatile pattern that it well loved in the sewing community. You can buy this pattern in regular or curve. I purchased regular but in hindsight I think the darts on the curve version would have worked well for me!
Pattern: Ogden Cami by True Bias
Fabric: Blue Birds viscose from Pound Fabrics
The ogden cami sewing instructions are clear and fairly straightforward to follow. I also found a number of “Sew with me” videos on YouTube which was really helpful. I love being able to see someone sewing the steps so I have an idea of what the pattern will involve. I didn’t have any trouble with the instructions, although pulling the straps through and attaching them was a little confusing while reading (but when doing the step it suddenly becomes quite clear).
Sewing the Garment
This was the first hand made top I attempted, and I think I picked a great one to start with. I did use viscose fabric, which can be slippery but this particular fabric was manageable and I didn’t struggle with it. The tops is made up of 4 pieces (2 x linings, 2 x outer) and the straps. You can the lining and outer pieces separately and then attach them together – I made the lining first and checked the fit to see if I needed any adjustments before sewing the outer pieces. You do need to under stitch the lining to stop it being seen from the outside (understitching is something I need to improve on so mine is not perfect)
Sizing and Fit
As I have noted above, I think the curve pattern with bust darts would have been more flattering for my shape, but it still fits nicely without. I actually found myself between sizes so I graded between the 2 and that worked fine – I also added a whopping 3 inches to the length because I like my tops to be long, and this pattern comes up fairly short. The final fit is comfortable and loose around my tummy, but not sagging around the arm holes or chest.
I am so happy with my finished ogden, and I am already planning on making more for next summer! I think it would be great to have a selection of these to take on holiday next year. I’ve already worn my ogden a few times and it has washed well and irons nicely. The viscose is little prone to creasing but I can work with that! I love that the fabric is so light and drapes well.