But first, apologies to Italian speakers. The title of this post means something like Ogden Every Today in Italian. Why am I trying to alliterate in Italian, a language for which I’ve only completed the beginner’s course level 1 in Babbel? Well, A) because a good sewist is SEW not going to pass up an opportunity for a groan-worthy pun, and B) because I am in Italy on vacation! Yippeeeeeee!!!! And I am wearing Ogden camis and dresses all the time here!
Let’s play a little game of “Where Wore It Better?”
Note that the Ogden pattern is only for a cami, but it couldn’t be easier to extend it into a dress. I simply added about 14″ to the hem of the cami, keeping the same curved shape of the hem. I also added in-seam pockets to the dress.
Ok, let’s just drop the pretence and recognize that Italy wears EVERYTHING better.
Here are some more pics of the various Ogdens with some details about the fabrics I used.
This was the first one I sewed and it came out a bit large, so I went down a size for the rest. This needs a bit of rescuing by shortening the straps. I used Art Gallery Fabrics rayon challis in the Boho Fusion Swifting Flora print. (Where the fuck do they come up with these NAMES??)
I adore this fabric — so lightweight and cool in the hot Italian summer sun. It was very shifty to cut out, though.
This dress was made from a rayon that I picked up in the Turkish Market in Berlin last year. Lightweight rayon is *perfetto* for this pattern.
One thing I really love about the Ogden, apart from the fact that it’s quite easy to make, is the low-cut back. And generally speaking, I find that it covers my bra straps quite well. You’d think that would be more of a problem with this style but it seems to be drafted perfectly for that.
This navy version below was made with 100% silk twill that I picked up for about $7 per yard at Designer Fabrics in Toronto. I can’t say much more about that because I am in the denial stage of grief as the owners of DF have announced they are retiring and closing the store. This store is a 10-minute walk from my house! Not sure I will survive this blow.
Perhaps I’ll go console myself with a pizza and gelato and a bottle of chianti and a view of Lake Como.
Life can be tough.
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