Ogden Cami Sewing Tips

ogden cami neckline

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!

hand stitched hem

Loose Hand Stitching

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.

ogden cami partial lining ii

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.

ogden cami spaghetti straps

Other than that, follow the instructions and you can’t go wrong!

Any tips of your own to add?

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15 Responses to Ogden Cami Sewing Tips

  1. Louise says:

    No tips, but a question – where is that gorgeous fabric from?

  2. Jenny Lester says:

    Always use a new needle when sewing
    finer fabrics and use the appropriate needle
    for the fabric

  3. Bear in mind that with a sheer or light coloured fabric that the lining may actually be visible through the shell – consider a full lining or flesh coloured under a light fabric.

  4. Rebecca says:

    These tips are great! How do you tack down a facing or lining? I’d like to learn more about this… can you recommend a resource regarding this?

  5. Stephen says:

    This is great idea. Also when I am pressing interfacing to fabric, I use parchment paper to avoid glue getting on the fabric.

  6. Meg Kundert says:

    You can also shift the side seams of th facing back by an inch so that they intentionally don’t line up with the side seams of the outer fabric. This reduces bulk at the underarm.

  7. Jo says:

    Bought the pattern but have not made one yet. Will bookmark your tips. Jo x

  8. Thanks for the tips! Both your camps look gorgeous.

  9. Really great tips for sewing wovens, not just this pattern. Lovely fabric and photography. Xx

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