My Crystal Cove Cami
Hello again and welcome back to read about my newest Sensible Sewing Challenge make! I wanted to make this Crystal Cove Cami by Itch to Stitch as soon as the pattern came out this year. I like how light and floaty it is and the overlapping back pieces are just beautiful.
Crystal Cove Cami comes in sizes 00 to 20 with options for A, B, C, D and DD cups. After looking at the size chart I selected the size 4 with A cup that fitted very nicely. I like the fact that the different cup sizes have been placed on the pattern sheet in such a way that you don’t have to print all of them, just the cup size you’ll need.
The only thing that I will want to change in the next version, is that I will add something like 2 inches to the hem. Especially front slightly short on me. Compared to Kennis (the designer of Itch to Stitch patterns who also models her own patterns) I must have a longer torso.
This pattern is meant for lightweight woven fabrics with minimal stretch. Choose something with a nice drape to make a nice floaty cami! I used viscose challis that I found in the factory remnants. Originally, this viscose version was supposed to be just a mockup. I have several camisole patterns that have resulted in garments that were a bit too loose, so I wanted to make a toile to test the fit before making this out of an expensive fabric. I have great plans to make another version out of silk but finally, this came out completely wearable.
Sewing this was very fast and easy. I was a bit worried about the curved hem. It is such an important feature in this design, so it was crucial to get it perfect. However, the pattern had a link to the wonderful tutorial at the Itch to Stitch website. Using those tricks I managed to make a really beautiful hem.
Another thing that you might be worried about is how to make those beautiful, narrow spaghetti straps. Luckily Kennis has made a tutorial for this, too. When you know the tricks, making those straps is very easy and quick!
The finished Crystal Cove Cami
I really like this finished cami. It is something that works as well with jeans as with a feminine skirt. Or you could wear it layered under a jacket in the winter. The straps are very nicely positioned that they coincide with my bra straps, so I don’t feel so forced to wear a strapless bra if I don’t want to. Even though this came out very nice, I will make the silk version at some point.
I think this pattern is a good example of how you can take a basic wardrobe staple such as a cami and add a little twist to it without losing its wearability. This is why it is a perfect item for my Sensible Sewing Challenge. I can warmly recommend Crystal Cove Cami pattern for others, too. I am an affiliate of Itch to Stitch, so if you click through the links in this post, to purchase this pattern, I’ll get a small commission that supports this blog. My opinions are still my own, though. In fact, I only ever recommend patterns/products that I have tested and found good and useful.
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Your cami is beautiful! I was watching Rachel on youtube make a flounce for her Ogden cami this morning which is very similar to the Crystal Cove. You might find her tutorial helpful if you decide to make more and would like to add a flounce to the front https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNp2InypruY&feature=em-uploademail Suzanne, of Sew Custom, created several variations of her cami and interesting embellishments to her hand-drafted cami (again very similar to the Ogden) which you can watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlPQAyAeHUM Suzanne on Sew Custom is amazing to follow anyway! She drafts almost all her own patterns from her block and gives loads of helpful tips.
Thank you for the links! I will check them out!