Tops, blouses and shirts

Endless camisoles

I might as well face it I’m addicted to camisole tops. I use the free pattern download from Love Sewing here with instructions inside issue 43. They’re super quick to sew up and they’re amazing scrap busters. I’ve made four in total so far and have plans for several more. I can squeeze one out of half a metre if I use shop bought bias tape.

I started with a toile made from a Primark bow cotton print sundress I’d long since been able to fit in. Mega cute! I made a straight M but added an inch to the length. I used flat self-fabric straps and used red bias tape inside.

Then I made my silk parrot version and added flat crossing straps at the back. It was a little short in the body as I forgot to add the extra length but looks lovely with a skirt.

This fabric is so precious to me, I got it on a fun shopping trip with Katie I have enough left for another top of some description but I can’t bring myself to make a mistake so haven’t chosen a style yet.

Next up were two viscose versions in quick succession – both with the length added back in! This swallow print version is a lovely viscose I got from Simply Fabrics Brixton at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate. I added rouleaux straps for this version and it’s such a lovely delicate touch. This may be my favourite of the versions.

Last but not least I used a remnant from Guthrie and Ghani that I picked up at Sew Brum. It’s a subtle print and there was just enough for a camisole so I treated myself! Sadly I used vintage bias binding inside and it hasn’t held up to the wash. The bias has ripped in multiple places so I’m going to have to unpick and re-stitch which is disappointing. Unpicking black on black is the worst!!

The pattern comes together pretty easily and you may actually spot this was an old Sew Loft pattern. It’s not as nice as the True Bias Ogden Cami which has a lovely facing but if I thought about it properly I’m sure I could draft a facing and change up the construction to make this my dream button loop front cami top. More sewing plans, not enough time!

(8) Comments

  1. Kim maclean says:

    Top tip for unpicking black on black…. a head torch! My husband and I are Engineers and it came to me whilst hand stitching on black as i couldn’t see a thing

    1. almondrock says:

      That’s so cool!! Thanks for the tip

  2. I love making the Ogden cami – such a great way to use up small amounts of fabric left over from another project. Like your parrot fabric btw. Jo x

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks so much!!

  3. These are all so lovely! Perfect for summer too.

    1. almondrock says:

      Yes! Let’s hope the good weather stays

  4. The bird fabric is so good it hurts! Does gorgeous fabric magically appear when you shop with Katie?!

    1. almondrock says:

      Hahaha it’s a superpower.

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