Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen and Ogden Cami by True Bias // Closet Case Patterns
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More summer wardrobe staples: Ogden Cami + Flint Pants

Before I leave on vacation for a few weeks (much, much needed although Alexis is on duty if you need any help with anything while I’m gone) I thought I’d share a few more garments I made in a sewing frenzy this spring.

I knew my sewing time would be non-existent once I moved into my new place (my typical “must always be doing something” mania was temporarily transferred to painting and decorating), so I went a little crazy and sewed a little capsule summer wardrobe before the move. It wasn’t intentional, but everything feels super cohesive and works well with each other, and it’s been dead easy to get dressed and pack for trips ever since. These are two pieces I’m pretty thrilled with.

Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen and Ogden Cami by True Bias // Closet Case PatternsFlint Pants by Megan Nielsen and Ogden Cami by True Bias // Closet Case Patterns

This outfit really hits all the summer marks for me; lightweight and breathable, with some interesting details and balanced volume to keep everything chic and polished. It’s a nice reminder that you don’t need to wear a dress to feel put together; swishy and drapey separates work just as well, and mean you don’t have to wear bike shorts if you suffer from the chub rub when you wear dresses like, ahem, me.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve made two pairs of Flint Pants so far this year. This was the first pair, and I used a lovely camel tencel I got from one of my wholesalers. I love this colour but it washes me out if it’s too close to my face, so it’s the perfect choice for a pair of swinging, bouncy summer pants. The silk tank is obviously the  Ogden Cami from True Bias; it seems like everyone and their auntie made this pattern and I can see why. It’s pretty much perfect.

Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen and Ogden Cami by True Bias // Closet Case PatternsFlint Pants by Megan Nielsen and Ogden Cami by True Bias // Closet Case PatternsFlint Pants by Megan Nielsen and Ogden Cami by True Bias // Closet Case Patterns

These pants are a tad tight in the tush, so I still need to go and drop the seat curve like I did with my linen pair, but they’re definitely still wearable. The tencel does wrinkle like crazy so you just have to accept the trade off between silky soft texture and crease marks all over your pretty pants.

This Ogden Cami is a wearable muslin. I have a stack of silk remnants I bought from a fabric shop going out of business, and this luscious black moire crepe was one of them. I had barely a yard, so it was a real challenge to cut it out. I ended up having to piece the inner facing together, which is a couple inches shorter than Kelli drafted it because I was trying to be resourceful. For that reason, the facing has a tendency to ride up a bit. I may go back and stitch in the ditch along the side seams to secure it.

Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen and Ogden Cami by True Bias // Closet Case PatternsFlint Pants by Megan Nielsen and Ogden Cami by True Bias // Closet Case Patterns

I’ll definitely be making more Ogdens; it really has a lovely shape and will make a great layering piece. I also love that it has the cut and softness of a bias cut camisole without actually being cut on the bias. I’ve been meaning to sew a bias cut slip forever but this pattern is a nice compromise if you don’t want to fuss with a fussy grainline. Obviously, the thin straps make what bra you’re wearing a consideration. I went braless in these pics (she’s wild!) but since I don’t have any good strapless bras, I’ll probably wear it with a bralette with thin straps in the future. I gotta say, I LOVE how it looks from behind; Kelli, you are a master of proportion!

Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen and Ogden Cami by True Bias // Closet Case Patterns

Perhaps you’re asking yourself, yeah yeah yeah Heather, but what’s the story with THAT BAG?

Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen and Ogden Cami by True Bias // Closet Case Patterns

ISN’T IT AWESOME??! It also happens to be handmade, although not by me. My friend Amy is a rope bowl making genius and when I was at our weekly Bachelorette date I almost cried when I saw the pretty bag she made using the same technique. After freaking out about it for approximately 20 minutes, I asked her to write a blog tutorial on how to sew one, so that is coming your way next week. It’s a super easy, satisfying sewing project that costs almost nothing to make, and I think you are going to looooooooove the tutorial. I actually loved what she wrote so much we’ve been talking about more DIY blog posts for the coming year. Not all of it will be garment sewing related, but I’m excited to collaborate with someone whose creative energy seems in sync with what we’re trying to do around here!

By the time you read this I’ll probably be in France. Guillaume needs to go home every summer to spend time with his family and I’m happy to tag along and use up my airmiles. It’s the longest vacation I’ve taken in a few years and I’m really looking forward to catching up with my New Yorker subscription (I’ve started to feel oppressed every week when the new issue arrives and I haven’t read the last four), practicing my abysmal French, drinking lots of rosé and hopefully learning how to drive standard so we can go on some solo day trips together. His family has a place in the south so it will obviously be hot as hell, but I’m hoping the sun can help me cook up some new pattern ideas; I need some creative recharging. This outfit will likely get some serious wear while we’re there.

What is your dream summer outfit? And any recommendations for cute towns in the south of France? We’ll be staying mostly near Beziers but I’m trying to convince him to brave the tourists of Provence because I’m obsessed with the instagram stories of Jamie Beck and just want to roll around in fields of lavender and sunflowers..

  • Nadia C.

    Aw, France! Be still my heart. Lovely blog post, awesome handmade pieces, and I am looking forward to the rope bag tutorial! What a great idea. I would recommend the small town of Cassis, but I see that it’s 2.5 hours away from Beziers. Beautiful landscape, with the calanques – it’s worth looking it up! Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations and happy vacation time!

  • Oh enjoy your break!! I haven’t been to the south of France (burgundy is the furthest south we travelled a lifetime ago) so I’ll be living vicariously through your IG and pretending I’m all there. Can’t bear to think about summer outfits yet while we’re going through a cold snap atm (yes I know a Canadian would laugh in the face of our “winter” but I’m COLD!!!!) It’s all about coats and layers for me right now but come December Sophie will be making her debut in my pool 😉

  • Cyrena Wray

    Your ass looks amazing in those pants. I would not change a thing!

  • Charlotte Elliott

    Looking gorgeous, as always, Heather. I need to make some more ogden camis come spring but will lengthen but the cami and the lining 1.5″ as I found them a bit short for my liking. I’m making my first pair of Flints now in a bottom weight rayon. I’ve not accounted for the junk in my trunk so hopefully they won’t be tight. Having not made pants before these will be a bit trial and error.

    Enjoy France. The weather is supposed to be beautiful at the moment.

  • Naomi

    This outfit is great and you look so good in these photos – all fresh, summery and happy. Enjoy your holiday 🙂

  • Leah Franqui

    Oh, this looks amazing! I live in a land that is all summer now (Mumbai) and honestly, I am loving the Kalle shirtdress for that, because it’s just so loose and comfortable but looks put together, or as close as I’m going to get. I also am loving the flint pant, I made one in khadi, Indian homespun cotton, which is lovely. I also love a wrap skirt, anything twirly, with a knit top, and I’m about to try the Deer and Doe Goji shorts for a trip to Singapore.

  • Great outfit. Try Montpellier, Avignon and Arles while you’re in the south. It’s been a few years since I was there but the smaller towns are just beautiful and the old part of Montpellier is divine.

  • Johanne

    This is amazing! Very nice allfit, you look great as always! Two places I absolutely love in the south of France are “Le parc de volcans d’Auvergne”, where you walk on volcanos, and “Les gorges du Verdon”, driving very high in the mountains, both offer unique and unforgettable views. They are both a bit far from Biziers, about 3 hours, so probably required a 2 days trip or more if you stop by Aix-en-provence! Anyway, it doesn’t matter what you decide to do, this time just for yourself and your “amoureux”, will be fantastic and is definitely well deserved!

  • I love the outfit! I wasn’t sure about this style of pants, but your two makes have me coming around. Go to Aix-en-Provence!!! I studied abroad there in college (15 years ago?!) and it is gorgeous! Well worth the crowds/tourists. I also second Avignon, Arles, and Cassis. Depending on where you are it may be a bit of a hike, but Carcassonne is also pretty spectacular. ….and now I want to go back 🙁

  • Rosamund Greger

    I camped in Chateauneuf du pape last year, near Avignon and it was glorious. So many vineyards you can rock up to, you will drown in good wine. Pack insect repellant! Your summer wardrobe is on point though, really lovely makes. Have a good break and I’ll be meeting you in London for the course end of Sep xx

  • I love everything about this outfit, and the bag is gorgeous. Have fun in France!

  • Gah! I LOVE this outfit! I think partly because this has basically been my summer uniform this year. In fact I’m wearing a floral ogden and black heavier weight flints right now. Love both patterns and you look so chic in them. Camel is a fantastic idea, a really great neutral that isn’t a black or denim blue which tend to be my go to colours for bottoms. Another pair of flints has just been added to my sewing queue!

  • I love your style. I made some tencel chambray flint pants that I have yet to blog. i need to whip up an Ogden came asap. Those clogs are super cool!