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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