Summer Dream: Ogden Cami Hack

Hello, my beautiful fellow sewists!! I’m so excited for the spring time weather. It’s been so sunny here in the Midwest and I’m so grateful for the energy that it brings. I know it’s everyone else’s favorite season, too, but spring really is the most invigorating. It refreshes my souls and gets me excited for new things ahead. 

Today I’m bringing you my favorite pattern hack yet! It’s super short and easy. The Ogden Cami by True Bias is absolutely a staple in my wardrobe and most other sewists as well. A huge trend I’ve been obsessed with in 2020 is the square neck and high rise necklines. I don’t really know why I hadn’t thought of it before, but this is totally achievable with the Ogden Cami!! I’ve already made three and I know I’ll be making more. 😍

It really is pretty self explanatory, but I included a photo of what my pattern pieces ended up looking like when I was finished tracing them out. I have a very short torso and my bra size is a 34C for reference.

Please enjoy that little kitten paw in the bottom right corner.

The length of the longest portion of the blouse is 9.5 inches and then underneath the arm where I curved the seam is 4 inches. I basically cut a straight line from the 9.5 and then curved up 1inch under the arm. This helps the side ruffle seam and hem not dip as much. 😊

I just simply attached a normal gathered bottom that was twice the width of my blouse. And then it was 14 inches in length. 

And I took a ¼ of an inch off the width of the neckline so that it would not gape as much.  Don’t forget to do this for lining as well! And to get the straight “square” neckline, you really just draw a straight line from the strap to the center fold line and also do the same for the lining. Then you just sew normal like the pattern!

The final thoughts that I fixed on my third attempt is this:

  1. The strap placement needs to be adjusted. The straps need to be placed directly on the edge verses in the normal strap placement. Otherwise the corners droop just a little bit.
  2. Curving the bodice hem didn’t totally fix the “dipping” problem. While it was still necessary to do this, I also had to take an additional 2 inches out of the bodice width to raise the armholes and to help stay lifted with the weight of the gathered skirt piece. 

For a full step by step video, check out my Instagram TV episode here! 💕

And to purchase the pattern, you can just click here!


Courtney Jean

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