Fabric Choice Affects Sizing
Take note of how tight the weave of your fabric is. A light, fluid viscose with a bit of spandex (my first version) is going to fit differently to a tightly woven silk (my second version). This is not an accurate science, but a bit of forethought and adjustment can save a make.
Consider Hand Stitching Your Hem – And Keep The Hand Stitches Loose
Loose stitching allows the hem to ‘move’ with the fluid drape of the top. One of my biggest errors as a newbie Sewist was to pull my hand stitching Nice. And. Tight. All you do is create tension, in yourself and in your hems, which distort. Relax!
Practise Your French Seams
The side seams of the Ogden Cami are a great opportunity to practise making French seams.
Be aware that a French seam shall likely take up more seam allowance than the half inch/12.7mm seam allowance the pattern instructions call for. Size up slightly when cutting out.
Tacking Down The Partial Lining – Don’t Automatically Line Up Seams
When it comes to tacking down facings or a lining, I don’t try to match up seams. I hang the make on my dressmaker’s dummy, inside out. I smooth out the fabrics against the curve of the dummy. And I judge where linings and facings choose to fall. I pin, and stitch.
This saves a lot of grumpiness on wearing when linings or facings tug against the main shell.
Use A Press Cloth
If working with delicate fabrics that are likely to shine under the heat of an iron, use a press cloth. (I make my own – see here.) The spaghetti straps, in particular, need a lot of pressing.
Other than that, follow the instructions and you can’t go wrong!
Any tips of your own to add?