Charlie Caftan Pattern
- FABRIC & SUPPLIES
Nothing says summer elegance quite as well as a dramatic caftan. Get Caftan Body ready with Charlie, a fresh take on this warm weather staple.
All versions feature a deep V neckline, kimono sleeves, inset center panel and roomy pockets. View A is modern and architectural with striking pleats beneath the bust. For a softer, more romantic dress, Views B & C feature a gently gathered bodice with an optional waist tie for a figure skimming silhouette in two skirt lengths. You may also choose between a dramatically wide kimono sleeve, or one slightly higher cut for more coverage.
Charlie is available as an instant gratification PDF (with copyshop and print at home files), or as a beautifully printed pattern. See our guide to printing & assembling PDF files here. Both versions feature our meticulously written and easy to follow instructions, designed to give everyone beautiful results regardless of skill level.
Light to medium weight wovens such as linen, chambray, tencel, linen, silk, chiffon, rayon challis, crepe de chine, batiste and voile. .
YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS (45"/1.14M FABRIC)
0-6 = 2.25yd / 2m, 8-14 = 2.75 yd / 2.5m, 16-20 = 3 yd / 2.75m
0-6 = 2.5yd/2.3m, 8-14 = 2.75yd / 2.5m, 16-20 = 3 yd/2.75m
0-6 = 3.5yd/3.2m, 8-14 = 3.5yd / 3.2m, 16-20 = 4yd/3.75m
YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS (58"/1.5M FABRIC)
0-8 = 1.75yd / 1.6m, 10-14 = 2yd / 1.85m, 16-20 = 2.5yd / 2.25m
0-8 = 2.25yd/2m, 10-20 = 2.5yd / 2.25m
0-6 = 3.25yd / 3m, 8-20 = 3.5yd / 3.2m
- Lightweight fusible interfacing
- Marking tool
- Polyester thread
Sewing level: Advanced beginner
Sizes: 0 - 20 (see our sizing chart here)
Finished measurements: See complete final measurements here
Instructions: English & French (French instructions available as PDF only)
Print at Home File (Letter & A4): 48 pages
Copy Shop (36"x48" / A0): 3 pages
From the Closet Case Patterns Community
Really happy with my first Charlie Caftan, I lowered the front panel as I have a large bust and small frame and worked a treat! Will be making more maybe in a linen or tencel.
'm a sewing newbie. I have had a few private lessons and lots of assistance with my past sewing projects. The Charlie Caftan was the first projected I started and completed on my very own. The pattern itself was mostly straightforward and easy to follow. Whenever I did seem to get lost with it or have question, I was able to refer to the blog posts on the website.
I have, and will continue to recommend this pattern to people looking for an easy place to start learning how to sew their own clothes.
I made view A of this pattern after having only made a few simple tanks and tops. The pattern is great for a beginner and included some great details that give it a polished look as well as making me feel like a more accomplished sewer. Some of the tricky parts (mainly the center panel) were explained more fully in the blog tutorials. I probably would have gotten pretty frustrated without those, but after a few times running back and forth from my computer to the sewing table, I felt confident and breezed through them without even making a practice one first (contrary to instructions!!). I learned so much sewing this and love the result!
I really enjoyed making this pattern as only the second garment I've ever made. The instructions were clear and easy to follow with the exception of the front panel part – for that, I ended up having to come back here to the blog for more detailed instructions and pictures (seems like I wasn't the only one). Other than that is was super fun and easy to make, and very rewarding. Definitely looking forward to making more Closet Case patterns in the future.
I love Closet Case Patterns - I have made several now - and this is one of my favourites. Quick and easy to make and so comfortable to wear. I love my new caftan but if I made it again I'd use something a tiny bit heavier and more drapey, the lightweight cotton lawn I used tends to poof up under the gathers when I sit down because it's so airy. It's nice to have such a comfy roomy dress that still retains some shape with the ties - and it's got pockets ... YAY for pockets in dressed!
I have made the Charlie Caftan four times, two View A, one view B, and one View C, which I immediately shortened to View B length. I plan to make another View A and B in the near future, as this is one of my 5 all-time favorite patterns.
TUTORIALS: I have found the three online tutorials for this pattern very helpful, especially the two for sewing the center front inset, which is fussy and difficult, but also the one for the V neckline, from which I learned several very useful tips. I have noted online that several people have decided to topstitch the tab, rather than doing the inset. I respectfully suggest that following the tutorials makes the tab insertion completely doable for any sewing level, and that the finish is superior, both in looks and strength.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS PATTERN: This is a very clever and fashionable variation on the classic caftan. It is versatile, in that it can serve either as a bathing suit cover up or a nice, casual dress. It is loose and comfortable, but not sloppy. There are three views, each of which is sufficiently different to justify making them all -- which I have done. The tutorials on the Closet Case website are so detailed, that it is impossible not to succeed, even with the fiddly front insert.