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!
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.
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!
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!
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.