Ogden Cami Dress


A quick holiday post, from the spectacular Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia.

I wasn't 'in love' with this fabric when I purchased it, just its drape. Now it's sewn up I rather love the print

I wasn’t ‘in love’ with this fabric when I purchased it, just its drape. Now it’s sewn up I rather love the print

I suspect the True Bias Ogden Cami may be a popular Australian summer sewing pattern with many. I think the sleeveless, casual style & being a pattern for ‘wovens’ makes it perfect for steamy summer days.

This is just another experiment for yet another Ogden Cami Dress ‘hack’ that have been topping up everywhere. Far from perfect but I’ve worn it a few times already, so perhaps a success anyway!

I use the term ‘hack’ loosely. No pattern drafting going on here.

I simply extended the Ogden Cami hemline, flaring it out about 1/2inch on either side from about 1 inch below the armhole.

Odgen Cami Dress

Odgen Cami Dress

I flared the lining piece at the sides I don’t think I would I worry about this modification next time as the cinching in of the waist achieve that soft overlay flare anyway.

I attached the lining to the outside of the cami bodice rather than the inside, treating it like an overlay rather than a lining.

I decided where I wanted my waistline to be and allowed for a slight blouson effect.

Odgen Cami Dress

Odgen Cami Dress

To create the waistline, I attached bias tape to the inside of the dress. I first stitched along the inside of the bias tape, along the fold line. I pressed it downwards and edge stitched along the other edge of the bias tape.

Ogden Cami dress - internal - waist elasticity casing & hem.

Ogden Cami dress – internal – waist elasticity casing & hem.

I left a stitching gap and then threaded some 1/4in elastic into the bias tape channel.

I turned up the overlay and dress hemlines with more bias tape – and hand stitched the hems in place.

Nothing fancy but it’s quite a cute little dress for summer.

Pattern: True Bias Ogden Cami, modified

Fabric: rayon/linen blend fabric on Lincraft

Location: water shots at Jetty Beach on route to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse, Tasmania. An incredible day in an amazing place in the world. Not overly ‘touristy’ just divinely beautiful, unspoilt & the journey ‘off the beaten track’ is well worth the effort.
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23 thoughts on “Ogden Cami Dress

  1. I wasn’t sure what you meant when you said you attached the lining to the outside but I was keen to find out – love your dress so much (with summer 5 months away for me here in Canada) and owing the Cami pattern there is a good chance I’ll make myself one too 🙂 I’ve also never sewn linen/rayon blend but it sounds so lovely and cool! Your pictures of Tasmania make me drool – so nice and warm!

    • The linen/rayon blend is gorgeous. It doesn’t crush quite as badly and has a softer drape than plain linen.
      It was hot the last few days, very hot for Tasmania, about 28-30 degrees. Now I’m in the highlands and it’s less than 20 degrees outside. Such a great Australian state, a land of contrasts.

  2. I love the way you’ve flipped the facing to the outside, such a clever way to add some detail to such a simple pattern! That fabric is so summery and pretty too, it looks like a perfect summer dress!

    • The pattern is great for all those little leftover bits of fabric. Although not sunsmart, I got very burnt the next day when I unexpectedly spent a lot more time outdoors than I anticipated!

    • I initially was reluctant to use the fabric as I wasn’t sure about all the pink but it turned out to suit the dress perfectly. It’s shorter than I usually wear but I quite like it on a hot day – and it’s been a HOT summer lately.

    • It was a perfect day. Still & sunny. The next day was very sunny, very hot & very windy. I’ve worn the dress quite a bit already. It’s nothing fancy but it’s so easy to pull on in the morning I frequently reach for it! I need some new summer dresses so it’s filled a gap in my wardrobe.

  3. Don’t’ know how I missed this one!! I love it! Using the facing as a design element is genius and I’ll be copying this for certain! Well Done!

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