I’ll be honest, until recently I had no interest in camis. They were just another 90s throwback. But I blinked and now suddenly they’re everywhere. And I’ve been converted – I’m starting to wonder why I don’t own 10 already.
I’ve gone from not having any interest in camis whatsoever to being particularly obsessed with them.
But in my defence, don’t they just look effortlessly cool? Well, not on me of course. But on most people 🙂
And with summer coming, I’m not quite sure my wardrobe is up to scratch.
Especially in the camisole/cami department.
So when the lovely Lucy at Sew Essential reached out to me to sew up something to show off Sew Essential’s range of fabrics and patterns, the idea of a summery cami zoomed straight to the top of my sewing hit list.
Looking through all the patterns, Simplicity 1366 really caught my eye. I’ve seen this pattern crop up a few times (though, Beth at Sew DIY is particularly to blame for starting my addiction) and really like the shape of the cami neckline.
Simplicity 1366 is designed by Cynthia Rowley and features a fairly elaborate skirt (not quite my thang) and two tops – this cami and a rather fetching 3/4 length sleeve top.
The cami is cut on the bias and slightly flared – you can see in this photo that the hem slightly curves out. Though in a fabric with more drape you probably wouldn’t even notice.
It’s finished with a facing and two rouleau loops for the straps.
It’s pretty basic in terms of pieces – there’s only 3 pattern pieces (front/back, facing, straps) and 6 fabric pieces cut out. But man, it’s deceptively hard.
I’m not even sure you can have a sewing nemesis, but if I had to have one it would be rouleau loops. They’re like the footballer’s wives of sewing – pretty and simple, but super high maintenance.
Don’t get me wrong – I love the effect. I just don’t love the utter fiddliness of them. It took me 5 tries to get 2 loops. I even used this BHL trick, which made it better, but it was still no picnic. I went to bed dreaming of rouleau loops.
That can’t be good.
Anyway, apart from the loops of doom, this sewed up really quickly. The fabric was really well behaved and a real joy to sew with – fluid but not too slippery.
Win for me I think.
I went for a lovely drapey crepe from Sew Essential. I don’t usually gravitate towards crepe, but this had such a great drape, and the crepe effect (which I’m not always a fan of) is really subtle.
The super lovely Lucy at Sew Essentials is giving away a £25 gift voucher to one lucky winner – perfect for anyone wanting inject some summer into their sewing horizons.
To enter just let us know what pattern from Sew Essential’s massive pattern collection would be on your summer make hit list in the comments section below. The contest will close on the 31st of May and is open to UK only (or UK addresses at least).
I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). The pattern and fabric for this make was kindly provided by Sew Essential (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
sweet Summery Simplicity 1366 Camisole
Pattern: Simplicity c/o Sew Essential
Fabric: navy medium weight crepe c/o Sew Essential
What did you like most about the pattern?
I’ve not used a ‘big four’ commercial pattern in ages so it was nice to remind myself that they are pretty legit. I was impressed with the drafting on this and the instructions were pretty straight forward.
It was also a nice treat to use a paper pattern. I don’t mind printing, cutting and taping PDF patterns together, but this did get the job done much quicker!
What changes did you make to the pattern or CONSTRUCTION?
I followed the pattern and instructions pretty much as was written. I did use French seams with a 3/8″ seam allowance. The pattern just says to sew and finish the seams, but I’m on a real mission to make pretty insides so I wanted something a bit more special.
I really wanted to avoid any bulkiness or unsightly lines showing so just left off the interfacing. The facings are definitely not bulky, so that’s a win I think (or have I just committed the biggest faux pas ever? Why are facings always interfaced? Does anyone know? So many sewing questions!)
What are you most proud of?
Those rouleau loops. They were SUCH a pain to make, but I’m really happy with how they turned out.
What will you do differently next time?
I love this pattern and am so happy how it came out. I’d definitely be up for making it again and have some delicious teal silk I bought while I was in Sydney.
I’d like to make a sway back adjustment as the fabric pools around the lower back. I’d also be tempted to lengthen the pattern by an inch or so, just to make it a little more versatile.