Pattern: Ogden Cami by True Bias
++ No. 1 ++
Fabric: Medium weight, white linen from Fabrics-Store
The pattern is clearly written with great instructions and diagrams. It was a breeze to work with and easily a project that can be sewn in one sitting, if desired. I’ve really been enjoying completing garments over several days – with one day for tracing the paper pattern (because I work with digital patterns) & washing/ironing fabric, next cutting the fabric, and then day by day sewing a page or two of instructions until the garment is done.
The finished product is a bit tight across the shoulders and chest. This might be because I was working with a medium weight linen and the pattern recommends a lighter weight fabric. But the piece is still comfortable and easy to wear.
++ No. 2 ++
Fabric: Black silk noil from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics
- Retraced a size 6 pattern for added ease/width, but kept size 4 neckline, as I didn’t want to increase the v-neck height
- Used size 6 straps, but ended up removing a 1/2″ from the length. Will use size 4 straps next time around
- Finished seams with ‘false’ french seams
I went up a size, in hopes of having more ease for movement in my finished garment. I mainly wanted increased width, and so I decided to keep size 4 for length both at the neckline and bottom hem. Overall, I’m really happy with the fit – especially because I didn’t make a muslin either time, but this time I was working with fabric I considered precious.
I was a bit intimidated to sew with silk noil for the first time. Both because it has ‘silk’ in its name, and also because the price tag is a bit higher than on other fabrics I work with. That said, I still went for it because I own a couple other pieces (hello all things Jamie + the Jones), the size modifications I was making were minor, and I love the feeling/quality/elegance/durability of wearing silk noil. This Fiber Friday post from Fancy Tiger reassured me that it’s like sewing with a sturdy and easy cotton. And, I found that to be true! I didn’t have any issues working with the fabric — it was as easy as could be and now I have a tank top that would easily be $100 retail for the cost of fabric, my time, + the pattern. Worth it!
Also, wanted to mention not only does Stonemountain has an awesome selection of fabrics, but they even refunded me half the amount of shipping because it ended up costing less than what I had originally paid for shipping!