Welcome to day one of the Ogden Cami Sewalong. The Ogden Cami is a very fast sew and so we are going to be doing the sewalong in just two days. We will not be going over assembling the pattern or cutting the fabric as I’ve done this many times before with other patterns. If you need a refresher you can check out this link. Here are a few photos of the pattern assembled and fabric cut out to give you an idea. As far as fabric goes, I am using this silk crepe de chine that I designed through My Fabric Designs and used some ivory colored silk crepe for the lining to keep the two easy to differentiate in the photos.
Step 1 – Before starting, make sure that you have transferred all notches and symbols from your pattern pieces to your fabric. To keep it simple, I like to just do a simple clip into the notches and use a disappearing fabric ink pen for the dots.
It’s also a good idea to clearly mark the back pieces at this time. I like to put a piece of masking tape on the back cami and back lining pieces for easy identification.
Next, staystitch the neckline and armholes of both the cami and lining pieces at 3/8” seam allowance in the directions shown in the instructions. A lot of people will skip this step. Yes, it’s not necessary, but it really does help you to not stretch out your fabric pieces and assure a good fit.
Step 2 – Prepare your straps by folding each in half lengthwise, right sides touching. Stitch at 1/2” seam allowance.
Trim to 1/8” seam allowance.
Using your loop turner or a safety pin, turn your straps right side out.
Press flat. You can choose which flat side becomes the right side or wrong side at this time, but since it’s a loop it really doesn’t matter.
Step 3 – Pin one end of each strap to the right side of the front cami at dots. The raw edge of the strap should be flush with the top of the point.
Baste at 3/8” seam allowance.
Step 4 – With right sides touching, pin the sides of your front and back cami together, matching notches. Stitch at your normal 1/2″ seam allowance. Finish seam allowance in your desired manner and press seams open. I chose to do french seams on the main cami and a simple serge on the lining. Repeat this step for lining pieces as well. Depending on how you finish the seams, either press seams open or towards the back. (Tip – to reduce bulk, press your cami seam allowance one way and your lining seam allowance the other.)
Step 5 – Take your lining and turn the bottom edge up by 1/4”, wrong sides touching, and press. Fold up another 1/4”. Pin and press.
Edgestitch along the fold to finish the hem of the lining.
Step 6 – With the cami right side out and the lining inside out, place the cami inside of the lining. Match up the armholes and neckline. Pin. Make sure that the straps stay straight down and out of the way. (Tip – You may want to temporarily pin your straps to the lining to make sure that they stay clear of your stitching.)
Step 7 – Stitch around the neckline, armholes, and front dots. When you get to the V at center front and center back, leave your needle in the fabric and pivot for a nice point. Do not stitch 1/2” in either direction of the back dots to allow room for the strap to be inserted and attached later. (Tip – When stitching around the V points and also across the straps, it’s a good idea to reduce your stitch length to give that area extra strength.)
That’s it for today. We will do the second half tomorrow. Let me know if you have any questions. And if you want to purchase the pattern you can do so here.