The Faux Cami

Finished Size: 10" x 8"

Today's fashions suggest using multiple layers of clothing and I for one have issues with wearing multiple layers of clothing. In other words. . . I'm ALWAYS HOT. . . so. . . multiple layers of clothing just don't work for me. Because of this problem with always feeling HOT, I decided to figure out a solution for myself and this is what I came up with.

The Faux Cami is a "Quick and Easy Solution" to the Summer Heat while adding a splash of color to just about any outfit. It's my hope you will find this post useful.

Design Notes: I LOVE white shirts so, I started out with a Moda Bella Solid White and then went out and bought 9 other colors from the Collection of Moda Bella Solids. I also picked out spools of Prescenia Thread that matched the colors of the fabric I picked. I used a twin needle by Schmetz to create 10 rows of pin tucking on each Faux Cami.

Have fun making these customizable Faux Cami's.

These are the items you will need to make at least One Faux Cami:
  • 1 Fat Quarter of any color from the Moda Bella Solids Collection
  • 1/3 yard Lightweight Fusible Interfacing-EK 130 Easy Knit by Pellon
  • 8"piece of 5/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon by Offray
  • Snap Kit with Tool -Size 16 Snaps by Dritz
  • Matching Thread by Presencia
  • Twin Needle Size 4,0/80 by Schmetz
  • Tape Measure for making a customized fit

Add some glitz with Ribbon, Lace or Trim!
I'd LOVE to see pictures if you play around with it.

Part One:
Customizing the Fit

1. PRINT the Faux Cami Pattern on card stock and cut it out. Center it on your chest between bra straps to see if it fits. If it doesn't fit. . . you can customize the fit by following the instructions below.

2. Grab a measuring tape and take your measurements. I'm calling this your T-Zone Measurement. Measure across your chest from bra strap to bra strap and make note of the measurement. This will be the horizontal measurement in the letter T.

3. Now find the base of your neck below your chin and from there go down about 2-3 inches and then measure from that spot down to the bottom edge of bra. This will be the vertical line measurement in the letter T.

4. Remember that the measurement needs to take into consideration what feels comfortable to you. You don't want it so high that it chokes you and you don't want it so low that you can't see it.

Important: If your "customized" measurements are bigger than 10" x 8" you will also need to make allowances in the size of your fabric piece. For example: if your T-Zone measurement is 12" x 10" you will want to turn your fat quarter to cut a piece that will measure 12"x20" to allow for the fold. If your T-Zone measurement is smaller, you can use the same size fabric piece as in the instructions just shrink the pattern to fit you and then cut out your pattern.

Part Two:
Fabric • Twin Needles • Thread • Fusible Interfacing

Fabric: Here are the Moda Bella Solids I picked along with the matching Presencia thread. Click on the picture to see the color number on each spool. Fabric Colors top to bottom: Black, Red, Blue, Peach, Aqua, Purple, Green, Pink, Cream, and White. You will not see thread for black and white since I have those colors on hand.

Twin Needles:
It's very important that you read your sewing machine manual for any instructions given on threading your machine when using twin needles. My machine has two spindles for the two spools of thread that are used with twin needles and I bought two twin needles just in case I broke one. Here's a little Tip: You may notice in the picture a single needle in one of the cases, well, that's the single needle I store in the needle case while I'm using the twin needle in my sewing machine. When I'm done I switch the needles out.

Thread: Instead of buying two spools of thread I bought one spool and wound some of the thread on a bobbin for the second spool of thread. I also used an additional bobbin filled with white thread for the bobbin case that way I didn't need to change my bobbin thread every time I changed colors.

Fusible Interfacing:I used a lightweight Easy Knit Fusible Interfacing by Pellon

Part Three:
Making the Faux Cami

Before you begin sewing, make sure that the twin needle is inserted correctly and that your machine has been threaded according to your machines instructions. You are ready to begin.

1. Cut 1 piece of fabric measuring 11" x 17"

2. Match up the 11" ends and then press the fold (piece will measure 11" x 8 1/2")

3. Open up the fabric to reveal the pressed fold line.

4. Place the fabric on your sewing table with the pressed fold line going in a vertical position.

5. Sew your first pin tuck by lining up the edge of your presser foot along the pressed fold line.

6. Now line up the edge of your presser foot along the first pin tuck line and sew a second pin tuck. Make sure to make your pin tuck lines as straight and even as possible.

7. Continue this process until you have completed 10 rows of pin-tucking.

8. Fold fabric in half again along the previously pressed line. Give it a light press. You will notice a slight uptake in the top fabric at the bottom edge of fabric. It's normal and the 10" x 8" pattern will fit just fine.

9. If you haven't printed or made your own customized pattern, do it now. Here's a picture of the pattern that you can print. Find the "Printer Friendly" button at the bottom of the post and download and print the PDF file of the pattern and instructions.

10. Lay the pattern along the fold line. Cut out fabric.

11. Take the fusible interfacing that measures 10" x 8" and lay down your pattern. Cut out one piece of fusible interfacing.

12. Open up the fabric fold to reveal inside (wrong side) of Faux Cami. You will fuse the interfacing to the inside of the back side of Cami. Refer to pictures. Press with iron to adhere interfacing.

13. Fold the Cami closed. The interfacing should now be fused inside the cami.

14. Serge or zig zag the 4 raw edges of the Faux Cami.

Part Four:
Attaching the Ribbons and Snaps

Since most of us are visual learners I thought it would be fun to make a video tutorial for the Faux Cami Tutorial. The video is called, "How to Attach a Snap."

The video I posted here is cutting off the right side of the video screen so if you want to see the HD Widescreen version you can go to YouTube.

1. Follow manufacturers instructions for attaching snaps. Before putting the two sides of snaps together you will be adding the ribbon in between both snaps.

2. Take the pronged snap and place in the upper front right corner of the cami and push prongs through to the back. Then place it on the snap tool in the #16 hole.

3. Now take the 8" ribbon and cut it half. Take one piece and fold under one end of the ribbon by 1/2" and place it over the prongs making sure the prongs poke through the ribbon. Place the other half of the snap (the one with the knob) over the ribbon and close the snap tool. Use a small hammer and give it a few good whacks.

4. Now take the other raw edge of ribbon and fold it under 1/2" and then fold again. Take another prong and push it through the front side of ribbon. Place in snap tool. The folded ribbon faces up when the back of cami is facing up. Now place the donut looking snap on top of the prongs and close snap tool. Give it a few whacks with a hammer.

5. Repeat this process for the ribbon on the opposite side of Cami.

6. Snap in your Faux Cami to your bra straps, and off you go.

Have fun with your cami's and try decorating them with ribbon, trim, or even a bit of glitz.

Stay COOL!!!

2 Faux Cami's from each fat quarter (based on the pattern measurement of 10" x 8")


thejanet said...

Wow, what a fantastic idea! Tomorrow I'm making me a set (or at least a white and a black one, oh and a peach and a burgundy and... well, yeah, a set). You have saved me much public sweating this hot August through the whole next year and beyond! Plus I think my adult nieces each need a set for Christmas. I am IN LOVE with the Faux Cami!

(pretty funny, my word verification word for this comment is "noback" so perfect for this! noback is just what I love about it!)

Vicki said...

Its a great idea and looks fabulous too :)

Shari said...

This is so cool! And perfect in today's fashion for those of us who would rather not display all their assets!

Quilthaze said...

This is soooooooo clever! Often the tops I buy are too low at the front for my taste so I'm going to have to make a whole set! Thanks Kim.

Lucy said...

This is the most creative and well written tutorial I've read on here yet. Bravo !! Love it...

Chris said...

Very well-written and detailed tutorial. I love that it's an apparel item and so handy for those of us who can't stand burning up in layers. I'm with ya sister. Thanks!

CaraQuilts said...

Love them! I find I wish I had the coverage of one without the extra fabric else where so great idea

Karen said...

Thank you for finally creating a tutorial for this greatly needed garment piece!

syocom said...

very cool, thanks for sharing that wonderful pattern!

Sharon said...

My great grandmother used to make something similar that she called a modesty bib out of lace fabric so that no-one could glimpse her underwear!

Susan said...

Love it! MY daughter always wears a cami, so this'll be a great alternative to the bulk

deserae said...

Awesome! Great idea!

Lisa said...

Wonderful instructions! Can't wait to try this project and will work perfectly for my 15yo daughter for church and school.

Lori Holt said...

great project Kim...and well written too (as usual)...
love the video too. you are a movie star now, are you ready for you're close up?
xx lori

Scrap'N'Play said...

thank you so much for this!! I too am hot all the time, so this will come in very handy!

Tracey said...

great idea!

Cindy said...

Kim, you're just always coming up with such cute ideas. And this one is so practicle as well.

Our Happy Home said...

Thanks for this great tutorial - it will make a great gift for my daughers!

Muddling Through said...

That is such a great idea. And the pintucks just make it look like a real layer of clothing. Thanks for a great tutorial!

Kay said...

Love the idea. Alot of tops are so low cut now & it's sometimes hard to find the right color cami to wear with them. I will have to start making my own,

Katrina said...

I LOVE this! I really needed something like this but in the summers wearing layers is hard to do!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I'm going to make a few of these! Much more stylish than the "dickie) in the olden days, right?

CardsbyJo said...

This is a fantastic idea! Thanks so much for the great instructions.

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Sharleen said...

What a great idea. So Cute.

Marcia said...

The photos on this tutorial are wonderful. Alas, we do not have the special feet etc on our oldie sewing machine to make some. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

ytsmom said...

This is great. I, too, am hot all the time! I thought it looked like knit when I first saw it.

amy smart said...

Kim, you are amazing, as always. So handy! We've been on the east coast and with the humidity, layering is just not an option. This is perfect!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Thanks for sharing your pattern. These are wonderful. Love & blessings from NC!

onlymehere said...

Love it! I'm going to have to make some!

Vivian said...

I have been thinking about making some of these because all of the blouses I purchase are too low. Thanks to you, I won't have to worry about designing a pattern. You've done the hard work for me. Thanks.

Lynn Osborne said...

Excellent tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

Ang-e said...

Thank you so much! I have been needing a pattern for this!

glenda said...

You are so smart!
I have used cute fabrics that I pinned inside my blouse.
I would never have thought of attaching to my bra straps. Thanks for the idea.

Chris said...

GREAT idea and great tute!! I too get so hot and hate all the layers! I will be trying this soon...I hope. :)

Martha said...

Thank you so much. I saw something like this on TV and wanted them immediately. I'm glad I waited because now I can make them in colors to coordinate with the tops I have.

Tracey said...

I LOVE this idea! So many tops are so low cut these days, as was said above, I'd rather not show off my 'assets'! I'm definitely making a few of these-thanks.

Martha said...

Great project! I've been wanting something like this for a long time.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Have you considered selling these already made? I would love to buy one!

me said...

brilliant! i made some and HAD to post it on my blog {oh, and tell the whole world!}...

i can't thank you enough for sharing!


Carla said...

Very inventive and wonderful way to put new life into an older item. Thanks!

Mary said...

What a neat idea! And you used such pretty colors - they look like spring.

Lori E said...

Great Idea and Fun Colors!

Janet said...

Aren't you the clever one!!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

That's really cute.


bluebonnet said...

Guess who's 50 today...Kim Walrus at Bitty Bits & Pieces. Happy Birthday, the Cami, thanks for the instructions.

DiaperDivaDawn said...

This looks like the ultimate solution to nursing tops as well!! I guess the 'motherhood' company thinks only A cups should breastfeed... These girls size F can't even sleep on one of those shelfy excuses for a cami/bra.(those dainty little spaghetti straps busted right off)

Anonymous said...

I am so glad I stumbled across this. This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for in lingerie dept's. I'd decided I would have to make my own but was unsure where to start.

Anonymous said...

I just came across this post and just made one!! I wear a suit jacket to work everyday and this is the perfect fix! No more buying lightweight tops that I never wear anywear except under my jackets!

Peacemeal said...

Thank you. My daughter is a teacher and everything short of a turtleneck is too low. This way she can have a top that she can wear at school and out to dinner.
We had also just used scarves and hankies folded on the bias and tucked around the straps.
Thanks again, Joan

Peacemeal said...

And the directions are wonderful. So easy to understand, great photos.