I had my eye on the Ogden Cami when Kelli released the pattern last year, but I wasn’t urged to a make it until participating in Me Made May this year and realized I’m sorely lacking in tank tops. The Summer of Basics sew-along is a great way to fill those wardrobe gaps (I may need to do one of these for the fall!) and this cami is my first finished project for the sew-along.
After recently organizing my stash and “discovering” a length of gold metallic linen I bought a few years ago to make, yes, a camisole, I committed to sewing it up right away for this summer. I love the sheen and how it catches the light! It does wrinkle quite a bit, as is the nature of linen, but it adds to the overall casual style of the cami.
The cami went together in a snap, nothing like cutting out and making a project to wear out to dinner later that night. Sew up the sides, make the straps, attach the straps, sew on the facing, sew the hem – boom, done. I like the fact that the neckline is finished with a long facing that won’t flip out, and the way the straps are sewn in is pretty smart. After attaching the straps to the front I tried on the tank with the straps pinned to the back to check the length and the straps were spot-on. Honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing with this pattern and plan on making more for my wardrobe. This would be a good stash busting project!
These shorts aren’t part of my Summer of Basics plan, and I actually made them last year, but I never blogged them and thought they looked cute with the Ogden Cami. These are my first pair of Maritime Shorts and they are so. Stinking. Perfect. I still haven’t had luck with sewing pants, but these shorts are 100% a perfect fit on me and there wasn’t a single thing I needed to change. Wowzers. I wore these to death last summer and they’re on heavy rotation right now, with another pair cut out and ready to go on my sewing table.
I used a cotton sateen that I found last year at Fabric Place Basement, it’s a BCBG border print-type fabric that I played around with, trying to maximize as much of the printed portion versus the solid of the fabric. Because of the print, I opted for no back pockets but definitely will use back pockets on my future versions. I need a whole assortment of these for the summer, they’re so much nicer and a better fit than my J Crew chino shorts.
The rise on these shorts is also nice, it’s a mid-rise that keeps everything contained, if you know what I mean. Not shown in any of the photos I took, but I used a bicycle-printed coral fabric for the inner waistband and pocket lining. It’s kinda wacky, but I find it fun and amusing when there’s little surprises like that inside garments. I’m using seahorses on the inside of my next pair!
This post is part of the Indiesew Blogger Network – pattern or fabric may have been provided by Indiesew, however all thoughts and opinions are my own