True Bias Ogden Cami

If you haven’t heard about this pattern, where have you been? Everyone and their dog has made at least 3 Ogden cami’s! As I’m a bit slow, I’m just getting round to making one!

ogden cami pattern

There are certain patterns that seem to become elevated to the equivalent of a ‘Super Pattern’ and the Ogden cami is defintely one. I think the Inari Tee Dress is another, as well as The Archer Shirt and possibly the Coco Dress. They are patterns that are universally loved and made by everyone with access to a sewing machine! Are super patterns a thing? If not, can we make it a thing?

I can see why this pattern is so popular. It’s quick  and simple to make, is incredibly wearable, can be made in a wide variety of fabrics and will suit all body types. I also love that it can be made from 1 metre of fabric!

Now I’m going to be honest… this top doesn’t fit me properly around the bust. It’s too tight. I made a size 10, but probably should have cut a 12 or even a 14. Or maybe I need to learn how to a FBA. I always wear a padded bra which supposedly makes my boobs look 2 sizes bigger! I also could do with measuring myself again. It’s been a while! But then I get a load of excess fabric around my back. I don’t know if I need to do a sway back adjustment. I plan on exploring fitting and pattern adjusting more in the near future.

Ogden cami fabric

I didn’t really make any changes but I did shorten the hem as it is already slightly shorter than I’d like. I also used french seams and made my straps by pressing under the seam allowances, then sewing close to the fold on the right side. I really really really can’t abide turning straps through!

The fabric I used was a crepe de chine from Fabric Godmother in royal. I absolutely love the colour. It’s perfect! She also has it in several other colours. I’m tempted to make another in the mustard or the orange! The fabric was a bit slippery and doesn’t press too well, however, I had no real problems with the fabric. I used a fine needle, it was either a size 60 or 70 but used a normal presser foot. It was fine to sew with.

I love the pattern and the style of top. I’ve said before that I practically live in cami tops, especially in the summer, so I’m a bit upset that the fit isn’t right. I will make it again soon in a different size though as it will be a wardrobe staple. Once I’ve cracked the fit, I will make a huge variety of them!

ogden cami complete

Pattern review

Name: Ogden cami

Company: True Bias

Description: A simple blouse that can either be worn on it’s 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.

Printed or PDF: PDF

Sizing: Available in sizes 0 to 18. I made a 10.

Alterations: I didn’t make any massive alterations. I used french seams and shortened the hem. I also made my straps by pressing the seam allowances under then sewing along the edge on the right size. In the future, I will lengthen it by an inch or so and crack the fit!

ogden cami mid sew

Fabric: I used a lovely crepe de chine from Fabric Godmother. It is the most beautiful royal blue.

Difficulty rating: It is labelled as an advanced beginner and I agree. There are no darts or fastenings. Using a cotton rather than a crepe or rayon would make it super easy.

Difficulties encountered: Nothing huge. The understitching on the facing is awful and the fabric wasn’t the easiest to press but the instructions were clear and easy to follow. There are that many blog posts about the Ogden cami available, that if you did need help, there is an abundance of advice available.

Time taken: Probably a few hours. With practise I could make this in roughly an hour I reckon.

Recommend: Yes. There’s a reason this pattern is crazy popular!

What would I change: Only issues concerning fit for myself!

Thing I love: The colour of the fabric and the versatility of the cami top.

Ogden cami needs hem


4 thoughts on “True Bias Ogden Cami

  1. thatssewpeachy says:

    This has been on my ‘to sew’ list for a while! Have lots of potential fabric options but not invested in the pattern yet, but I will do very soon after reading this! Thank you 🙂

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  2. Lisa says:

    Hi! I know this is an older post, but I just found your blog post while searching for “ogden cami bust fit”. I seem to have had the same bust fit issues you had: I was so surprised that even though I made the top based on my measurements, the upper bust fits too tight. I don’t want to go up a size, because the rest of it fits like a dream (after lengthening 2″ for my 5’10” frame). I’m not sure if I should just add 1/4″ to each side….

    Just wondering if you’d tweaked the fit at all, and what you found to be helpful. I’ve made two so far and am hesitant to try again until I’ve researched the problem a bit more….


    • emilysadventuress says:

      Hi Lisa I never got around to altering the fit, mainly because I hate unpicking things and I’m not entirely sure how to alter things. I plan on making another one soon in the next size up to see how the fit compares. I may end up grading towards the hips as my hips are smaller. Sorry that’s not much help!


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