Summer of Basics – Ogden Cami Edition + Maritime Shorts

Ogden Cami

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.


Ogden Cami

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.


Ogden 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!


Maritime Shorts

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.


Maritime Shorts

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.


Maritime 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!


Ogden Cami

Patterns: Ogden Cami by True Bias, Maritime Shorts by Grainline Studio
Fabrics: Cami – metallic linen; Shorts – cotton sateen; both from Fabric Place Basement


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



  1. July 10, 2017 / 11:19 am

    I love this pattern, it looks good on everyone and out of every fiber! The linen is fantastic, as are your shorts.

  2. July 30, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Nice ogden cami. I love this pattern and have made two of them.

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