Last year as part of Sew My Style 2018, I made my first ever pair of pants – a tropical print pair of Tilly and the Buttons Marigold Trousers in this super lovely Rifle Paper Co. rayon lawn. They were a great intro into a very basic pair of pants, but they have never been 100% my style. I loved them with the white crop top I originally photographed them with, which you can see on my original blog post HERE!, and I also wore them a couple of times with an off-white Ogden cami tucked in. I liked the comfortable, casual look of this pairing and ultimately decided that I’d use that last little bit of scrap fabric to make up a matching Ogden cami for a faux jumpsuit!
I decided this early last summer… It only took me a little over a year to finally get around to it! Ha. But here we are, and now I have another awesome Ogden to add to my ever-growing collection (I think this is number 10 now?), and a new fun way to hopefully get a little more wear out of these comfy pants.
When I made my very first Ogden cami, I made a size 4. It fit great, and I ended up making 2 or 4 in that size. I still wear them semi-regularly, and I think they are especially great for layering. However, I wanted a little more of a drapey, slouchy feel at some point and tried out making the size 4 with an extended strap length, but it still wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. I ended up sizing up to an 8 at some point. (My measurements put me between a 4 and a 6 right now, for reference!). I LOVED the fit that I got with this size, and I haven’t gone back.
As you can see, this size does perhaps look a little bit large on me, but I think it matches my style so well. I’ve always been a big fan of a good juxtaposition of loose and tight, billowy and narrow. I love to wear my Ogden camis partially tucked in to a more fitted skirt or pair of pants – like these white shorts! – to get this feel.
I love the comfy but put together look of the cami tucked into the matching pants, as well. It is the perfect outfit in the heat, since this rayon lawn is so light and breathable! The full outfit is loose, which goes against my theory of tight and loose above, but it certainly does make it ridiculously comfortable – another set of secret pajamas for my closet! The waist nips in just enough that I get a little definition by tucking in the top and billowing it slightly over the elasticated waistband.
I won’t lie – I still don’t know that these pants are going to make it out of the closet on a regular basis. While I really do like the faux jumpsuit look, in the end I know that I’m going to reach for this Ogden cami paired with my white shorts or black jeans way more frequently than pulling out both of the tropical pieces together. But at least I have the option now!
It was also pointed out to me that I emulate that special scene from Garden State really well in this outfit. So there’s that. 🙂
Thanks for checking in over here on the blog today, as I very clearly hold on to every last second of summer by continuing to sew these awesome tropical pieces! I know I’ll be happy when autumn is here, but for now I’m not at all disappointed that the forecast shows highs in the 90s all week again here.;
Though the fabric used in this post was originally generously provided to me by the awesome team at Cotton + Steel Fabrics, all opinions expressed both here are my own, as always!
- XX Elizabeth