Instant Classic: Odgen Cami from True Bias

August 13, 2017
True Bias Odgen Cami

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I chose my size based on my bust measurement, but I was still expecting this top to be too tight around the bust and to hang out from my body like a tent. Instead, I have the perfect amount of ease around the bust and I don’t feel like I am wearing a maternity top at all. I shortened the the straps by 3 inches during the construction, which turned out to be the right decision; except, I forgot to account for that lost length in the bodice and the inner facing.

Instead of landing under my bust, the facing hits me mid-boob. At least you can’t see it! The camisole ended up being a little short overall without those three inches, but I still have enough length to tuck it in to my high-waisted pants. I tend to have wider bra-straps, so I’ll be adding some width to those straps next time. I expect I will soon have many of these camisoles. This pattern only takes an afternoon to make and barely a metre of fabric!

I purchased a remnant of this Cotton and Steel rayon awhile back and was so happy to put it to use! I made this Ogden back in the spring and unfortunately, I have found this fabric shrinks every time I wash it (rarely, hand-wash, line-dry) so the shirt is slowly getting smaller and smaller. The colour also faded right away. This was from the first rayon line from Cotton and Steel, and I haven’t had these issues with my subsequent rayon purchases.

I wore this outfit out on a wonderful night out to celebrate my 10 year anniversary a few months ago. I was hoping to get my Kielo dress done in time to wear on our indulgent adventure, but in the end, I was happy that I didn’t rush that project and I felt so comfortable and relaxed in my cami.

Project: Ogden Cami with Cotton and Steel Rayon

Total cost: $35.00 CAD

Fabric: $20.00


Notions: $2.00

Total Hours: 4 (includes PDF assembly)

Techniques used: French seams

Fit: Size 8, straps shortened 3 inches, No FBA required

What to work on: Using up those fabric scraps making more!

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  • Reply Lori August 13, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    The Ogden Cami truly is an instant classic! I made my first one last week and I feel amazing in it. I shortened my straps too but also never thought about lengthening the facing and bodice. I like my bodice length but I think I’ll lengthen the facing as you intend to do – I have the same issue!
    Love everything you make!

    • Reply Erica August 13, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much, Lori! Here’s to more camis!

  • Reply PsychicSewerKathleen August 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Love your Ogden cami! I made a cami this summer (not the Ogden – the Springfield by Cashmerette patterns) and wore it all summer – so often I realized I do need a LOT more of these! I made mine in silk which I couldn’t recommend more highly – it’s a resilient fabric! Just throw it in the wash and it came up perfect every time. When you take the time, care and resources to make your own clothes there is nothing worse than having it fade, pill, stretch or shrink away into a puddle of nothing after a few washes. That’s why I hate rayon (used to be called “the poor man’s silk”) – it’s very difficult to find one that is excellent quality and will hold up many washes. I’ve not found a single one that impressed me. I notice almost ALL RTW is using this fabric. It looks fabulous new – bright, drapey, soft hand, almost as luscious as silk but one wash and it’s a rag. ugh.

    • Reply Erica August 13, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Oooh, I will have to splash out on a silk one! It’s a great garment for it, since it takes so little fabric. Where did you get the silk you used?

  • Reply Fabric Tragic August 13, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    It’s such a great pattern isn’t it? I’ve made it in a cotton lawn and a silk and the different fabric types both work perfectly!

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