In Sewing

An Ogden Cami in Birch Organic Chambray

Today I’m excited to share a new sewing project that I recently finished with Birch Fabrics’ beautiful new line of organic chambray. It was such a great fabric to work with and I’m happy to be included in their Blog Hop to celebrate the arrive of this new substrate!

Be sure to check out all the other stops on the Birch Fabrics Chambray Blog Hop for more perfect examples of garments made from this organic chambray, but without further adieu here’s my project contribution.

Let me preface by expressing how much I love cotton fabrics. Period. Now let me elaborate on that and say how much I super love when you take a new piece of understated cotton fabric out of the dryer and it seems to have taken on a more lively texture than before you washed it. This fabric definitely does that! It has the most glorious subtle, post-wash crinkle in the weave! The colors are so pretty right off the bolt, the coral colorway especially, but the yarn-dyed threads are really emphasized after you wash and dry it.

This chambray has a great weight and lightly structured drape that makes it ideal for button-down shirts and sundresses, but I wanted to see how it would pair with a camisole tank.

I’ve had the Ogden Cami by True Bias on my list for some time now and I’m kicking myself for not making it sooner! It’s so flattering and versatile – a great wardrobe staple. I absolutely love the double V shaped neckline!

I cut a straight size 2 and didn’t make a single adjustment. I’m quite pleased with the fit exactly as it is! I usually have trouble with the rise of the armscye on woven tops but not with Ogden. Hooray for small victories!

The Birch chambray worked so well for this pattern because it’s light without being too sheer, plus it’s structured enough to hold the shape of the straps and underarms without stretching or bagging out, especially if you choose to edgestitch instead of understitch the facing like I did.

I LOVE the cut of the back neckline on this pattern! It’s perfect for a lace racerback bralette if I do say so myself. It’s been unusually hot in New York the past few days with temps brushing the upper 80’s, which makes me extra thankful for a breathable cotton top with juuuust the right amount of coverage.

Thanks again to Birch for thinking of me for their blog hop and sending me the yardage to complete my new favorite tank! You can pre-order their organic chambray on their website. It comes in an excellent variety of colors which is often hard to find with chambray! Check out Birch’s post for more beautiful examples of this fabric, and also show some love to the other ladies on the Blog Tour: ErinAmanda – and Taylor (her post goes up tomorrow).

xo
Rochelle

p.s. here’s some outtakes for your viewing pleasure:

Question from the ever patient boyfriend you dragged along to act as your bouncer when setting up a tripod and taking 100 selfies in a public park: “…you got a lot of photos there, Babe. You uh, ready to wrap it up you think?

My answer:

  • Chantel McSkimming

    You are so much fun! just saw this post — we love what you write and what you do:-)

  • Oh, how gorgeous is this top?! You look FABULOUS! I especially like your cutie pigtails 🙂

  • I love your Odgen ESPECIALLY with your racerback bralette and tatoos 🙂 ! That fabric is lovely as well. I love cotton too – cotton knit, cotton gauze, cotton poplin, cotton…I love cotton.

  • What a great top! And it really complements your lovely tattoos as well. ♡

  • I am v v jealous of your cami. This is such a great fabric and pattern combo and I bet it feels so nice on your skin right now. Why is it that September is so hot nowadays?! Oh, and your hair looks cuteeeee. xo