True Bias: Ogden cami

There’s been many a time I’ve heard a sewist asked to list the patterns that, were they only permitted to sew these for the rest of their lives, which they’d be. The Ogden Cami is often included in those lists, and I think, if I were to be asked, it might make it onto mine too.

Because, (finally!) I made an Ogden. I suspect I may be the last person in the sewing community… The staple of many a sewists’ wardrobe, regardless of body shape and size. My kind of pattern. But would it live up to the hype?

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The back facing is in a contrast white cotton lawn

I made this when the sewing leftovers movement was first announced on Instagram, and so inspired by this, I opted to use a one-metre remnant of cotton lawn (leftover from a pair of as yet un-blogged Tania culottes). It’s a bit of a busy print, so has to be work with solid separates, but despite this, it’s quickly become one of my most worn me made items.

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My Ogden easily pairs with solid separates – here it is paired with Winslow culottes for an effortless summer look

I’m pleased to say that it really does live up to the hype. It’s an easy sew, minimal fit issues, and fits into a metre of fabric.

As the pattern is drafted for a C-cup, and so I dove straight in without toile-ing. Although it fits pretty well there are some issues I’d like to fix – I noticed them more after looking at these photos.

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There’s some definite gaping on the bust
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And I will need to do a sway back adjustment in my next version

I’ll be shortening the straps to try to resolve the gaping, but if that doesn’t fix this I’ll perhaps alter the front piece to achieve a better fit. I’ll also do a sway back adjustment to get rid of the pools of fabric!

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Back of the cami

I’d like to make the adjustments and then try it out in a more drapey fabric –  I have some lovely maroon viscose set aside just for this. I have a pile of remnants around the right size for another, the Ogden will no doubt become one of my stash-busting patterns.

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Looking into a future full of Ogden camis!

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