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Jumping on the Ogden Cami Bandwagon

Hello again, friends! Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I’ve been busy with school, proposing my dissertation (!!!), and wrapping up my grad student presidency madness. It’s been a crazy school year. I’m glad it’s almost over. But today I’m back to tell you about my most recent make, an Ogden Cami!

ogden cami | basic stitch I know I’m a little late to the Ogden Cami party. This pattern was popular pretty much as soon as True Bias released it. I was hesitant, as I can be when something new gets popular quickly. I’ve been a little more critical about what I decide to make lately. I need things that I can and will wear often. Things like shirts, pants, cardigans, and other basics. I had all this in mind back in December, when I planned out my #makenine2017. I added a cami to the list, and this pattern was the one that I chose for my picture, even though I still wasn’t convinced.
ogden cami | basic stitch

I read a lot about this pattern before buying it. I like to know what I’m getting myself into. I’m happy to say there is no bias binding, no closures, and no complications in making the Ogden cami. The top is finished with facings, which are long and cover the chest. This is a nice modesty feature, especially when using a sheerer fabric. For very sheer fabrics, you can easily just cut a second front and back from the lining fabric and forego facings altogether.

ogden cami | basic stitchSo, at the beginning of March, I gave in and bought the Ogden Cami pattern. Later that night (like in the middle of the night, laying in bed), I bought 4 yards of a pre-cut fabric from Fabric Mart. It was a steal at $16 for 4 yards! March was a busy month for me, so I wasn’t able to start as soon as I had hoped. I started it one weekend and hemmed it the day I proposed my dissertation.

ogden cami | basic stitch

Modifications and Notes

I hate hemming. The instructions have you hem the facing, which felt laborious. I opted to just serge the bottom edge of the facing, which has worked just fine.
Others have mentioned that it can be hard to tell the different between the front and the back of this cami. I decided to forego this confusion by sewing a label on the back facing before I did anything else.

For the next one I make, I may cut a size smaller (this one is a 6), or grade in at the waist. I’m also debating whether I need a sway-back adjustment on this pattern. The only other thing I might change is shortening the straps just a tiny bit.
ogden cami | basic stitch

I’m so glad I made the Ogden Cami. It’s super easy and such a quick sew! It’s so comfy to wear, and so versatile. I feel like it’s a great starting point for some hacks too! I’m planning a few others, and hopefully even a dress!

ogden cami at britex fabrics | basic stitch

Oh, the day after I hemmed this Ogden cami, I hopped on a plane and flew to San Fransisco to visit a friend, who indulged me with a visit to Britex Fabrics. I’ve been dying to go there since I found them on Instagram, and I’m so happy that I got to go visit (and you best believe I’ll be going back!). I bought some fabric, so I’ll whip something up with that soon!

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