Charlie Caftan Pattern
Nothing says summer elegance quite as well as a dramatic caftan. Charlie is a fresh take on this warm weather staple.
All versions feature a deep V neckline, short dolman 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 sleeve or one slightly higher cut for more coverage.
Pattern Difficulty: Confident BeginnerLearn more about how we rank pattern difficulty
- Light to medium weight wovens such as linen, chambray, tencel, linen, silk, chiffon, rayon challis, crepe de chine, batiste and voile.
Yardage (sizes 0-20) - 45inch / 1.14 m wide
VIEW A - SHORT WITH PLEATS ~ Sizes 0-6 = 2.25 yd (2 m), Sizes 8-14 = 2.75 yd (2.5 m), Sizes 16-20 = 3 yd (2.75 m)
VIEW B - SHORT WITH GATHERS ~ Sizes 0-6 = 2.5 yd (2.3 m), Sizes 8-14 = 2.75 yd (2.5 m), Sizes 16-20 = 3 yd (2.75 m)
VIEW C - LONG WITH GATHERS ~ Sizes 0-6 = 3.5 yd (3.2 m), Sizes 8-14 = 3.5 yd (3.2 m), Sizes 16-20 = 4 yd (3.75 m)
Yardage (sizes 0-20) - 58inch / 1.5 m wide
VIEW A - SHORT WITH PLEATS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 1.75 yd (1.6 m), Sizes 10-14 = 2 yd (1.85 m), Sizes 16-20 = 2.5 yd (2.25 m)
VIEW B - SHORT WITH GATHERS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 2.25yd/2m, Sizes10-20 = 2.5yd / 2.25m
VIEW C - LONG WITH GATHERS ~ Sizes 0-6 = 3.25 yd (3 m), Sizes 8-20 = 3.5 yd (3.2 m)
Yardage (sizes 14-32) - 45inch / 1.14 m wide
VIEW A - SHORT WITH PLEATS ~ Sizes 14-20= 3.25 yd (3 m), Sizes 22-32= 3.5 yd (3.2 m)
VIEW B - SHORT WITH GATHERS ~ N/A
VIEW C - LONG WITH GATHERS ~ N/A
Yardage (sizes 14-32) - 58inch / 1.5 m wide
VIEW A - SHORT WITH PLEATS ~ Sizes 14-16 = 2.25 yd (2 m), Sizes 18-32 = 2.5 yd (2.25 m)
VIEW B - SHORT WITH GATHERS ~ Sizes 14-32 = 2.5 yd (2.25 m)
VIEW C - LONG WITH GATHERS ~ Sizes 14-32 = 3.5 yd (3.2 m)
- Lightweight fusible interfacing
- Marking tool
- Polyester thread
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At this time, only sizes 0-20 are available in print format.
PDF File Details
|Sizes 0-20||Sizes 14-32|
|Letter / A4||48 pages||63 pages|
|Copyshop / A0||3 pages||3 pages|
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From the Closet Core Community
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I enjoyed making this pattern up in a muslin until I got to the “Tricky part” which was tricky as the pattern said. I could not follow the steps and ended up stitching the bodice to the outside. The picture on page 13 bottom was confusing. Despite this, I think I will make the other View without the gathers and see how it turns out. Thank you.
Sewed the short version with pockets without any modifications for a beach coverup - fits perfectly!
Like others I struggled with the bodice panel. Will watch the YouTube video and do another one. Looks pretty cute in spite of the mistake on that part of the caftan.
This is a beautiful pattern, so user friendly, I admit there were techniques I had not done before, but the pattern instructions walk you through it so well, I am so so pleased with my kaftan, it is so well put together and looks amazing!
The pattern is different and particular but I found instructions not so clear and missing images. Without videos I wouldn't have been able to accomplish the dress.
My suggestion is to use definetely a fabric with a rich pattern otherwise the final result might be disappointing
This is a beautiful summer dress. I found the sizing and instructions very accurate. I raised my neckline by an inch according to the blog post and shortened the ties. This was meant to be my toile made in a cotton/linen blend, but it’s so cool and comfy it’s been seeing a lot of wear in the heat.