In my first year of sewing I made the Ogden Cami from True Bias and I found it extremely difficult to fit. I ended up with something I was fairly happy with in the end, but it took a lot of effort. I know that now True Bias have released the pattern for different bust sizes, which is absolutely fantastic news – makes things so much easier. I decided that I was ready to have another go at the Ogden Cami, and I wanted to make it out of a more drapey fabric this time to avoid the ‘tent’ effect I had with my cotton lawn version.
1. The fabric
I bought a flowery blue viscose from Croft Mill, which I thought would be perfect for the Ogden Cami. Although it is very thin, it’s not at all transparent and would be cool on those those summery days. This was my first time sewing with viscose, and I hadn’t appreciated quite how mobile it would be! But I just about managed to get it to do what I needed.
2. The pattern
This is the Ogden Cami pattern from True Bias, but I have made a lot of modifications to this pattern previously to make it fit my body shape. If you want more information on this then please see my previous post. I did a full bust adjustment (adding quite a large amount), and then in this version I also made from rouleau loops and sewed them into the side seams so that I could pull it in at the waist (and hopefully avoid the ‘tent’ effect!).
3. The challenges
I found this top a joy to sew because I didn’t have to worry about the fitting (as I’d been through that pain before) and the pattern itself is really clear and straight forward. As mentioned, the mobility of the viscose was a little bit tricky and it took me a while to get used to it, but I enjoyed learning to work with a new fabric. The only hiccup that after finishing this, I popped it in the washing machine and one of the waist ties came out. The tie had got caught up in the washing machine and it put a lot of force on the stitching, and with the fabric being quite easily frayed it just pulled out. But this was easily remedied, and I just sewed it back in with much more seam allowance.
4. The final result
What do you think of this one? I think it is definitely an improvement on my first Ogden, and the viscose is really comfortable to wear. It still has a bit of a tenting effect but I guess that’s just the nature of this type of top. But nevertheless and I’m going to get lots of wear out of this. I’m really looking forward to those hot summery days now!