Me Made May 2020 is giving me life. Seriously, I haven’t felt so motivated for sew for such a long time and I’m remembering all of the positive mental well being benefits too. So I officially take back any grumpiness I previously felt towards it. I’m taking care not to fall into the trap of churning out stuff for the sake of it, but so far this month I’ve made the cutest Circus PJs and now I’ve finished a True Bias Ogden Cami top. Go me! What’s great about the sewing I’m doing at the moment is that I’m using up the fabric I already have. Sustainability for the win.
The Ogden Cami
Apparently I bought this pattern in January 2018 and had intended to make it both that year and in 2019. So, yeah, I’m great at actually doing what I say I’m going to…
The other day I remembered that I had some white and blue striped jersey somewhere, so I was going to make myself a top from that. When I went searching for it, I found a bag with a semi-finished Ogden Cami in. It seemed a real shame to not finish it and so it jumped the queue.
Embarrassingly, I think I started it in 2018! Just before Christmas 2018, our landlord announced that they were selling our house. We started to pack up our stuff and move it into storage and anything that wasn’t wedding-related sewing got packed up too. I just can’t believe it’s taken me this long to unearth it!
Fiddly But Worth It
The fabric I bought to make my Ogden Cami is some drapey stuff from Fancy Silk Store in Birmingham. It’s a beautiful fabric and the colours will go so well with my existing wardrobe. Of course, being drapey it’s a little trickier to sew than cotton so for that reason it took me a little longer to finish than I’d expected.
Pinning the hem was so fiddly as the fabric was slipping about a bit, but I got there in the end. It’s times like these I wish I could get to grips with my rolled hem foot, but I just can’t. Every time I try to use it the result is such a mess. I think I need to take the time to use some scraps from this project to practise with! So as I didn’t use that I folded the hem under twice. The result was nice and neat!
I think this is a great simple pattern to practise sewing with drapey fabrics. A lot of us start sewing with quilting cottons and don’t always try other fabrics for fear of messing it up. The Ogden Cami pattern is a great place to start branching out. Who wouldn’t wear a lovely floaty camisole, even layered up?
The Ogden Cami is also a great pattern for practising understitching too. Understitching helps the lining to stay flat and not peek out and, I admit, when I was new to sewing it’s a step I’d ignore out of impatience. I have a few dresses I’ve had to go back to and do this. A simple pattern like this one really helps to hone these techniques and give you a polished looking garment.
Here’s how my understitching helped the lining to stay put:
My Finished Ogden Cami
Fiddling with the hem aside, this was a simple and quick garment to sew. I’m so embarrassed that my first Ogden Cami took two years. Although, hey, at least that’s some slow sewing!
Here’s what it looks like on my dress form from the front:
And the back:
A close up of the straps:
Here’s how it fits on me:
I wish I could be useful and tell you which size I cut out but, having started this so long ago, I have no idea. It will definitely be at least one size larger than I’d currently make though, as I’ve lost weight. Apologies for the terrible photo there, but I wasn’t looking in any state for a proper picture! This one might show the drapiness of it a little better:
The Positive Power of Sewing
We’re into week seven of lockdown here in the UK now, and I’m so glad to have reawakened my love for sewing. I’ve loved retreating into my sewing space, away from everyone, putting on some music and just getting on with stuff. (Today I’ve been listening to the Beastie Boys; we watched the documentary on Apple TV the other day and it was fantastic).
What a difference it’s making. I feel calmer, much more positive and like my mind is more active. I’m also taking more time to engage with other sewists on Instagram which has reminded me what a wonderful sewing community there is out there. I’m feeling so inspired seeing everyone’s #MeMadeMay2020 posts!
So that’s it from me today. I’m going to see what other half finished sewing projects I’ve got stashed away!