I have been producing camis – lots of camis. And they are all presents.
I don’t have a picture of the first one – an Ogden cami made in a cream polyester. This was made in September for my younger son’s partner’s birthday present. It was a bit of a risk as I couldn’t fit it ( they live 300 miles away), but I reasoned having made numerous Ogdens for myself that the majority of the fit was fairly forgiving. Plus I had him rummaging through her underwear drawers to check bra sizes/ top sizes.
Feedback was that she loved it, nobody would believe it was handmade but slightly more room across the bust on a planned future make would be good ( cup size DD / E) Also she said she had just bought a similar one from a well known on line fashion retailer for £30. Now I’m not revealing what mine cost in case she reads this – but those of you who have already made up this pattern will know that it can be squeezed out of scraps – and, yes , this was made from left over fabric from another project.
So I have since produced three more for her.
The first two are both Ogden camis, hopefully slightly roomier across the bust. One is a sensible , go with anything black polyester fabric with a bit of stretch and plenty of drape. I reckon this will be a good work to evening option.
The second is a gold fabric which again I reckon you could dress up or down.
Finally , an option that is definitely for a bit of bling. A teal sequin cami. And this one isn’t an Ogden. After the feedback on the bust sizes I dug through my pattern stock and found the Itch to Stitch Crystal Cove cami which comes in different cup sizes.
It is quite different from the Ogden ( and I have fingers crossed regarding the fit). It has a more defined body shaping, with a bust dart and a shaped bodice. The back is really interesting too with a cross over feature.
The sequin fabric is very fine, see through and stretchy, so a bit of a nightmare to handle, although I had no problems with sewing the sequins themselves.
I had already decided to line the cami ( pattern does not have a lining) , and when cutting out the sequin fabric I soon decided that separate layers would be impossible to handle. I therefore overlocked the sequin fabric to the lining fabric for each piece before starting assembly of the top. This meant the two fabric were effectively treated as one, with the stretch sequin fabric being stabilised by the woven lining ( the pattern is designed for woven fabrics)
This seemed to work well and the actual construction of the cami, whilst not quite as quick as the Ogden because of the overlapped back and the curved seam, was actually pretty straightforward .
One element I have been unable to execute as specified in the instructions is trying on the cami to adjust/ determine the length of the straps. In order to allow for this I attached the back straps by sewing with a different coloured thread and have left a tail end of strap inside the bodice. If the straps need to be lengthened or shortened it should be easy to see which line of stitching to unpick and there is extra strap length to play with.
Having made up the ITS cami , I’m going to put it on my list for sewing for next summer for myself. I have quite a few Ogdens now and I think this will be a nice alternative design. I will update with differences in fit between the two camis when I have my own to compare directly!