A Parisian Ogden cami

You’ve probably guessed by now that I love the Ogden cami from True Bias. I’ve made it twice before – it’s comfy, flattering and above all EASY to make. You can see my previous versions here and here; it’s definitely an easy piece of clothing to build outfits around as just the right balance of casual and smart! I don’t really have much else to add to what I’ve already written, it’s just such a great staple pattern.


I picked up this gorgeous synthetic fabric from a coupon shop in Paris last November, I think it was Le Marché Saint Pierre (the one on the corner!). If you’re not familiar with French coupon shops, they sell pre-cut lengths of fabric at a fixed price, generally starting from €5 for 3 metres. Some also sell fabric by the metre but in Montmartre most seem to sell pre-cut fabric. This was just in a tub inside the shop – at just €5 I couldn’t leave it! It’s lightweight with great movement but not at all sheer. It didn’t shrink at all when I pre-washed it and didn’t run either. I have no idea what it’s made of but it feels lovely to wear. I think the little red and white triangles look like like watermelons, my mum said it reminded her of the tips of pencils and Bianca from Sleepless in Bavaria (who I saw again at the recent fabric shopping meet up she had helped arrange) said it reminded her of American candy corn!

I made a slight adjustment to this version. On my first version the straps felt too long so I shortened them by 5cm for my second, but that feels too short! I added the length back on to the straps and this feels perfect. Definitely goes to show how a fabric can determine how a pattern fits. I also added 5cm to the hem as I felt like my first two versions were just a fraction too short, and I’m happier with a slightly more tunic-style length. It feels a little bit more chic!IMG_0006

These photos were taken in Shanghai in April, on pretty much the last day of our holiday.  I wore this top a few times as it dried quickly after being washed and packed small. On this particular day I was hot, I was tired, my feet were in a complete state and it was bloody windy, so I’m sorry these photos are a bit ‘pinterest’ looking but I think I look cute. As Hayden was taking these people kept stopping to take pictures of us, which happened a lot while we were there – do let me know if you spot a random photo of me in China!


June sewing plans

I know I’m a day late, but I can’t believe it’s June already! May has flown by and again, I’ve not quite fulfilled my monthly goals – I’ve been too busy! After the mad dash to get my dress done for the Dressmakers Ball, I needed a little sewing breathing space, but my sewing room hasn’t been that tidy for months! (It is no longer tidy…)

I did think about not setting any goals for June and just winging it, but I’ve found that at least having a short list has really helped give my sewing some focus, so I’m going to stick with it!

  • Make Simplicity 1696. This is one of my #2017makenine pattern picks, and I’ve got some great suiting fabrics to make these with. I’m thinking maybe a slightly cropped length though, which would see me through to winter at work.
  • Refashion a dress. I made a Seamwork Adelaide out of a really beautiful viscose but I’ve only worn it once – I felt really uncomfortable in it and I think I’ll get more use out of it if I refashion in to a top.
  • Make a Lago tank from Itch to Stitch. This free pattern was only released recently, and I think I have enough left over jersey for a wearable muslin at least.
  • A new top for work. No pattern in mind, but I’ve got rid of a lot of tops I used to wear so I need a few more woven tops that I can get away with at work. This will be a stash buster!
  • As I say most months, I want to catch up on some blog posts! I have plenty that are half written; I just need to blog as quickly as I sew.
  • Yet again, finish cataloguing my fabric stash… Yep, still not done it, but I have bought more fabric to add to the stash, and that’s the same thing, right?!

May in review

I finished my dress for the Dressmakers Ball, which you can read about here – I was really pleased with how it turned out! I also made the Valentina tee from La Maison Victor, which will be on the blog soon – I made it too short though! I didn’t get round to making another Granville shirt or another Simplicity 2255, but I want to refit both patterns properly as I’ve noticed my Granville’s definitely seem roomier than before! I did however make 2 Lark tees from Grainline Studio which I hope to at least photograph over the weekend, so they might be on the blog soon…ish…