As I mentioned in my last post where I reviewed the Flint pattern by Megan Nielsen, I am going on my honeymoon very soon which is so exciting. (Obviously I'm excited to get married too, that goes without saying!)
I want to make sure that some of my outfits I take away with me are made by me, and a little camisole top is ideal. It's something I know I'll be able to wear in the daytime with shorts and skirts, but something that I could dress up at night with nice jeans, heels and a blazer.
The Ogden Cami by True Bias has been on my list for a while, in fact it's also on my 2017 Make Nine, as I've seen some gorgeous example over on other blogs. I immediately thought the neckline looked really flattering, (which I sometimes have a problem with in vest tops from the high street) and now that I've made the pattern up, I can guarantee it actually is in real life too.
So if you've been thinking about giving this one a go, then here's my review...
I knew I wanted to make the Ogden Cami up in a pastel shade; the pattern itself calls for a light weight woven fabric, so I decided to go with a lovely soft crepe from Fabricland. I bought two metres of it in my local Reading branch, but I think they have it in their online store here.
It's a gorgeous colour - a really pale pink. And the fabric itself is fairly lightweight, with a nice drape. It's ever so slightly see-through, but as the Ogden pattern has a facing piece which covers the bra area, it's not too revealing.
I don't think I'd want to make this pattern up in anything thicker than this crepe, as it would look a little bulky and unflattering on me, but if you have a smaller bust, or you like a baggier fit, it might work for you.
The pattern comes in PDF form, but as there aren't too many pieces, it doesn't take very long to print and put together. (Well, it would have been quick if my printer had been playing ball. It wasn't.)
The instructions are really clear and I think that anyone who's made any simple garment should have a go at this. It's targeted at 'Advanced Beginner' level, but even if you're only just getting started with sewing, I think you'd be able to make this in a simple cotton/cotton lawn - type fabric, and not have any problems.
Making this top was actually the first time I properly got my new overlocker out and gave it a whirl, and I have to say, I'm so happy with how it worked out! I'll probably do a post about using an overlocker at some point; it was a lot easier than I expected it would be. Once I found a good tutorial on Youtube to thread the thing up, I was absolutely fine. Spoiler - the instructional DVD that came in the box is dire.
I decided to use a french seam to encase the raw edges on the side seams of the camisole, then used the overlocker to neaten the edges of the facing and the hem.
The only tricky part of the construction was turning out the spaghetti straps, but that was no surprise to me - it's a job I always find fiddly. They looked fine in the end, it just took about 10 years to turn them the right way round. I think I need to invest in one of those fancy loop turner devices that makes this easy.
As this pattern is meant to be quite flowy and loose, the only parts I really needed to make sure the fit was correct was on the bust area and on the length of the straps. The instructions clearly tell you where it's easiest to make the straps sorter if you need to, but I actually ended up keeping them at their original length.
I didn't have to make any alterations to the pattern once I'd cut it out, I found it came up true to size.
I do tend to go for a V neckline where I can, as I find that it's more flattering on me most of the time, but what I really loved was how the back also goes into a low V. It's just a little detail that makes the top look more interesting.
I'll definitely be making this again, I've got some really light pink/nude coloured georgette that I think would make a lovely PJ camisole top for the summer. I'd also like to make it in black - easy to wear and something that will go with everything else I own.
I know, black and nude, what a crazy colour palette I stick to. Maybe you could give me some inspiration? Has anyone else made the Ogden Cami?