Ogden Cami Hack – Xmas Dress

I don’t religiously make a Xmas dress, but this year inspiration hit after buying this awesome viscose from Ruche Fabrics in Launceston during our recent Tassie holiday. They source a portion of their fabrics from Tessuti, so if this looks familiar, you may have also seen it there.

This viscose is pretty spesh. It’s light and flowy, but totally opaque, meaning no lining is needed – yay!! While I’m not too old, I am kinda old-school when it comes to fabric sheerness and line most of my garments. I just don’t want to show off the outline of my legs in the sun, which can happen often in my job, walking around the playground. No kid, or parent, wants to see that.

Now the pattern is a favourite, but not overly wearable one for me – the Ogden Cami from True Bias. You see, I have a confession. My skin is pretty crappy and I still get spots on my back 🙁  I wish I had flawless, smooth skin, but in reality I’m freckly, spotty and blergh!

While the open, stringy stye of the Ogden is light and summery, it unfortunately shows off my icky back a little too much. So now, I fixed it! yay!

I drafted a racer style back for the Ogden, which, while still cool to wear, hides a little more of my back.

I lengthened the cami pattern by as much as my fabric would allow – a few inches above the knee –  then added a simple ruffle, which for reference is gathered 2 to 1 in ratio.

I adore the dress. I wore it on the weekend for our first family Xmas bash. The dress wears perfectly with a simple tie, but also without, for after you’ve indulged too much 🙂

  • Beth_SunnyGalStudio

    that dress is so pretty, and the ruffle just makes it so great. I’m a bit envious of your sunshine filled Christmas! even though I can’t complain about our weather here in Calif. 🙂

  • Love it! Great customisation!

  • Perfect for festive season down under ;o)

  • Sew, Jean Margaret

    Pretty dress and perfect for Christmas.