After Me-Made May, I feel like there are definitely places I know I need to up my handmade wardrobe game. Pants? Need ’em. Jean? Gotta try sewing those. But camis? I got those down because I am in LOVE with the Ogden Cami from True Bias. I made a bunch of them last month, and now they’re finally making it to the blog!
The Ogden Cami
Cutting out the Ogden Cami
I cut out a size 4 in my Ogden camis. It has a straight line to its sides, and although it fits nicely at the sides, the bust can be a little tight in some materials. I’ve made it in a knit, a seersucker, some cottons, and some silky prints from JoAnns. The silky prints tend to be the tightest, so while I don’t have plans for more Ogdens right now, I’d size up if I ever made another silky print one.
Additionally, I did end up adding 2″ to the length on some of my later Ogdens, #sewingtall friends. Again, the length can really depend on the substrate you’re using, but on the whole, I found that my camis were just a little too short.
Sewing the Ogden Cami
The Ogden cami sews up so quickly that you’ll be astounded! It’s so easy — you just have the body pieces, the facings, and the straps. The straps are actually my favorite part to do. It seems crazy, but I love turning straps (I know, right? Weird.), and it feels a little magical turning the whole cami right sides out when you’re done and seeing the straps.
I can bust out an Ogden in an hour, maybe a little less if I’m really focused. If you don’t have a serger, I do recommend that you take the extra time to do a French seam. I hate finishing seams, but a nice French seam on this top makes it feel a little extra luxe.
Now I know I literally just said I don’t have plans for more Ogdens right now, but maybe I changed my mind… I have a whole Pinterest board of Ogden inspiration that I just looked through again, and have so many ideas! I’m super into the strappy look right now — it’d be so easy to make some more straps and do a double one across the shoulder, or crisscross them across the front and back. Plus, you could use my ruffled Lou Box Top hack to add a ruffle to the Ogden! The lingerie as everyday wear look is also hot right now. It’d be so easy to add a lace edge to the Ogden, or to add a gorgeous button front. With a great base like this, the customization options are truly endless!
Yardage needed: A yard of 60″ if you don’t mind squeezing!
Time: approximately 1 hour
General modifications: none
#SewingTall modifications: Add 2″ to length