Crafty Bloggers Club - Kim's Ogden Cami

Posted by Kim Burley Jones
on June 14, 2020

Hi crafty sewists! My name is Kim. I am Freya’s mother and naturally a huge fan of the fabulous Crafty Sew & So. I learned to sew in secondary school at a time when fashionable clothes were way beyond my budget (I earned £1 for a whole Saturday’s work stacking shelves at the local Spar!) and as well as making lots of garments for my O’ Level in “Needlework”, I made myself the dress I wore to my 18th birthday party. I didn’t take a sewing machine with me when I left home, though, and I didn’t sew again until Freya came along 12 years later! As she and her little sister grew out of their clothes so quickly, and I got busier and busier – and affordable fashion became available – I stopped sewing garments for another 10 years or so, until my lovely daughter inspired me to get creative with fabrics again – and now I am hooked!

Crafty Bloggers Club Ogden Cami

As you can imagine, Freya and Sarah have been very busy adapting their working practises to the new situation, and looking after their little ones as well – so I decided to make something for Freya as a treat. With the weather being so very warm, and shorts being the thing to wear, I decided to make her an Ogden Cami – a quick and very wearable make – and I chose to make it out of the gorgeous Viscose Lawn called “Valentine’s Day”.

Crafty Bloggers Club Ogden Cami

I was delighted by the feel of the fabric. It is really soft and lightweight, yet it has a strength from being 100% viscose (sometimes called Rayon). It was actually quite easy to work with too! I expected it to be quite slippery, but using a few more pins made it stay in place.

I only ordered 1 metre of the fabric, and I was making a large size and I was adding a full inch to the length, so I had to be very careful as I laid out the pattern pieces. I used a gatefold layout, and I had to cut one of the facing pieces perpendicular to the selvedge. It was fine as my pattern was multi directional (and it was only a facing).

Crafty Bloggers Club Ogden Cami

Even though it was an easy make, I decided to watch a sew-along on Youtube before following the written instructions, because I am a very visual learner (which is why I love going to workshops!) I stay stitched all the curved edges, and after I had sewn the straight edges on the sides and shoulder seams I overlocked the raw edges together. I found the pattern very straight forward to make – apart from attaching the spaghetti straps! It was easy to get them twisted (the sewist on the Youtube sew-along video did it too!)

Crafty Bloggers Club Ogden Cami

 

As a final delicate touch I decided to hand sew the hem. Of course this took longer than sewing on the machine, but it was much more subtle than a row of machine stitching – and I made it for my daughter as a gift, so I wanted to put my love into it! I think it looks gorgeous on her – but I must admit I am biased!!

Crafty Bloggers Club Ogden Cami

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