This! The Ogden Cami from True Bias. I tell ya, I’m in love and it layers up like a dream.
Twinned with my Miriam cardigan from Quince & Co
What do I like about this pattern?
- It’s a 13-page PDF download, which means you can tape it together in ten minutes flat.
- It uses less than a metre of fabric – great for stash busting.
- The drafting includes a beautiful, soft V at front and back that works brilliantly because of a partial lining.
- It doesn’t gape and reveal my breasts when I bend over.
- The straps don’t slip off my shoulders and reveal my breasts when I’m sat opposite someone at dinner.
You know what I appreciate from a pattern? That it doesn’t reveal my breasts! It’s not that I don’t like my breasts, but there’s a time and place, people. I have experienced some heinous sewing patterns that feature spaghetti straps and let’s not even go there when it comes to wardrobe malfunctions. Can’t even wear the tops as sleepwear without waking up and thinking, Hey, there go my breasts! All revealed again! My cute top became a belt in the night.
Have I used the word breasts enough yet?
Here’s a view of that partial lining. It makes for such a neat neckline finish.
The pattern recommends that you sew a ribbon to the back section so that you remember which is the back and which is the front. (There are no bust darts.)
You always think, Look. I’m not an idiot. I’ll remember which is the front and which is the back, I passed my exams back in the day. Then you hold the finished item up and swirl it around as a frown creases your brow. Which is the front? Which is the back? Why didn’t I sew a ribbon in to remind me? What kind of fool doesn’t do that?
So, go ahead. Knock yourself out. Sew in a ribbon. You’re welcome.
We should definitely pause to admire the Nightshade Perfume voile from Sew Over It.
This. Fabric. Is. Divine. The perfect amount of drape for Ogden.
The V back allows you to feel cool breezes against your neck as you enjoy these long summer evenings – sipping cocktails on a balcony or screeching, ‘Where’s your ball, Ella?’ in the local park.
Hopefully, your life is the former.
I do admire a pattern that can be this minimal, yet still allow you to wear a bra. You might want to make sure it’s a pretty or presentable bra, just in case of the odd peek.
Okay, now you know what to sew this weekend. You could even sew two of these in a weekend. I’m already eyeballing my stash of silk…