Charlie Caftan

Closet Case Patterns


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Buy the Charlie Caftan from Closet Case Patterns, it is a loose fitting silhouette skimming summer dress. 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

What we think: I (Kate) made this last summer and wore it to death, it really does look good on most body types and I’m planning to make more this summer I can’t reccommend it highly enough!

Suggested Fabrics: A light to medium weight woven such as linen, chambray, tencel, linen, silk, chiffon, rayon challis, crepe de chine.

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Linen, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Silk / Satin / Sateen


UK 2 / US 00 / EU 30, UK 4 / US 0 / EU 32, UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

All day

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    4 out of 5 Hold Up, the Beyoncé Caftan

    Karen L

    What a gorgeous and lovely pattern! I made this in size 6 (although I’m size 4) because I wanted an extra roomy fit given that I was working in silk chameuse. I’m 5’6″ but lengthened by 2″ because I wanted to be sure it would be a full maxi dress and not above the ankle. The trickiest part is the welt gather at the waist but mainly because of the slippery silk. I French seamed and voilà, my inner Beyoncé fantasies writ large. Highly recommended pattern! I can see what all the fuss is about.

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    4 out of 5


    Dramatic and sophisticated, I was drawn to view C with it’s deep arms, plunging V neckline and side slits. A caftan definitely more Halston than Hippy, and perfect for my summer in the city. I made it up in a smart navy broiderie anglaise. Only after I had bought it I came to the realisation I needed to line the bodice. It was a bit of a bodge and not one I’d repeat. The rest of the make was pretty straightforward with the exception of the central panel. My corners were certainly not 90 degrees but the dark matt fabric hid imperfections well. Kudos to Mellemiio and her immaculate embroidered panel. By topstitching the panel in place as others have suggested the make could be simplified significantly. The sizing runs large and my size 14 could have easily been reduced to a 12 which would have made it sleeker as would taking out some of the fullness from the gathered section unless using a fabric with more drape.
    I’m tempted to make it again, next time in an Indian block print I’ve got my eye on, as loungewear. Hippy in the house, Halston on the street. ???

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    • Sewingisbeing

      No I’m not in the desert. I’m in The UK, London. We are however currently experiencing record temperatures so i’m wearing this a lot. With the side slits and deep armholes it makes the most of any breeze.

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    • Sue Barton

      This is my first time getting your summer sewing collection. I love this caftan!!! I live in Arizona and the gown is perfect but the color is far too dark. Thanks for the pattern suggestion!

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    • Sue Barton

      I love the look – she obviously isn’t in the desert of AZ where I am! I’ve just joined your group so I’m not sure if you have the pattern # somewhere, I want it but not in black!

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  3. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Mel Forrest

    5 out of 5 A summer essential!

    Mel Forrest

    Whether you’re jetting off on holiday or enjoying the sunshine where you live, a Charlie Caftan is the perfect ‘warm weather’ addition to your wardrobe. Try not to be put-off by the front panel if you are a less experienced seamstress – if you take your time and aren’t phased by a little unpicking, you will be fine!

    The fabric I used is the real star of this make – it’s a beautiful printed cotton fabric from India. Fibers to Fabric very kindly offered me a fabric of my choice from their shop for my next make. Their range of Ikat and printed designs is amazing there were dozens I would have loved to pick! The pretty tiled design and my favourite golden yellow shade made this the winner and it’s even lovelier in the flesh. It has a wonderful lightness and drape to it and it is beautifully soft – absolutely perfect for the Charlie Caftan! It’s easy to order online from the Fibers to Fabric Etsy shop and despite travelling all the way from India it arrived in less than a week to the UK with no customs charge. I will definitely be buying some of their other gorgeous designs soon!

    I found the instructions easy to follow, although compared to other indie companies they are not as detailed in places. Several other reviewers have mentioned additional resources that are available on the Closet Case Patterns website to help with construction – I managed with just the printed instructions and didn’t use any of them, but it’s nice to know they are there if you get stuck! The only element of construction I struggled with was pattern-matching at the centre-front seam on the bodice. When I cut my fabric on the fold the bottom layer was not properly line-up and the design was way off! Luckily I had enough fabric to cut the piece again – this time I traced the pattern piece out so I could cut it on the flat and make sure everything would match up. This worked really well and was totally worth the extra time and effort to get it right as it’s so prominent on the dress!

    I made view B of the Caftan in a size 4 (I am a UK size 8/10) and the single alteration I made was to only turn 5/8″ for my hem and sleeve hems for a bit more coverage. I think for my next version of the pattern I would raise the v-neck by about an inch – it’s lower than garments I usually wear and made me feel a little exposed as I’m not used to it!

    The finished garment is just as I’d hoped – floaty, pretty, super comfortable and versatile. I have some other lovely lightweight cotton in my stash that I think is now destined for a maxi-length version!

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    5 out of 5 Caftan of my dreams!!!


    I’ve had this pattern sitting in my stash for quite some time but now that I have a trip to the Philippines in December, I finally had the motivation I needed. I love everything about this pattern: the dramatic kimono sleeves, the roomy pockets, the v neckline, the shaping (via waist ties), and its comfortable to boot. Depending on the fabric you use, you can either make it casual or even dress it up. I sewed up view A (with the pleats), size 4 in the bust, graded up to size 8 in the hips and opted for the super wide sleeves. I used a dreamy Japanese textured cotton Kokka fabric in this fabulous palm fronds print, perfect for the islands. I had originally planned on sticking with the original boxy design but as much as I love that style, I’m learning that it doesn’t really suit my petite frame. So I added some waist ties for a more flattering silhouette and now it’s perfect! The pattern is very straightforward. The only tricky part as many others have already mentioned is that center panel. I decided to topstitch it in and take it really slow and it turned out just fine for me. Especially with the busy fabric, it’s not much a focal point but if I use a solid fabric, I might give it a shot for a neater finish. I will also want to move the center panel up at least an inch on future makes to better suit my short torso. And there will be future versions… I’m thinking maxi length in rayon challis?

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    A gorgeous pattern that is so comfortable, yet feminine too.

    This pattern has three views. I chose View B and made it in an Asda duvet cover(!), thinking it would be a beach cover up but it turned out to be a very wearable dress!

    Most of the construction of this dress is very simple, except the front bodice centre panel. There is a Sewalong for this on the Closet Case patterns website. I have to say that when I make it again, I’ll just gather the front and topstitch a panel onto it.

    I made a 6 but would probably size down to a 4 next time. Due to being slightly short in the body, I also sewed up that V neckline a little more.

    I also like it with a tie belt, so made one, so I’ve got both options.

    More pictures and detailed observations at

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    I love a Closet Case pattern, and this is no different. I’d been dreaming of making a Charlie Caftan since it was released, but my low confidence stopped me.

    I finally had a go this summer, and it was actually pretty easy. Together with the sewalong, this is a breeze to sew up and a gorgeous garment to wear. This is my wearable toile, and I will need to make some adjustments next time to shorten the vee neck and life the centre panel up a few inches as I have a short torso.

    There’s a more in-depth write up, including the reasoning for the delays in making it, on my blog:

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    I’m so excited to be able to share my new Closet Case Patterns Charlie Caftan in action in Greece! It’s very much inspired by Margot from The Good Life (I am from Surbiton after all!) and Abigail’s Party – sorry to all my international readers, these are very 1970’s British cultural references!

    One of my favourite things about this outfit is the gorgeous handprinted cotton fabric from India. Fibers to Fabric kindly got in touch with me and asked me if I would like to choose some of their fabric to make my next project with. When I had a look at the range of gorgeous prints I knew I had to use some of it for my upcoming holiday. I chose a blue watercolour print, which also comes in other colours at their Etsy shop. The fabric is so lovely – it’s soft and cool, almost silky in texture, so perfect for a flowing garment like a caftan. It was lovely and cool in the heat in Greece, so perfect for holiday wear. It’s easy to order online and despite coming all the way from India it arrived really quickly to the UK. I’m very tempted to buy some of the other prints for more summer dresses!

    I cut out a size 6 after some debate over finished garment measurements. On reflection I wonder whether I could have gone a size smaller as it’s quite big on the top without the ties done up? This is my first Closet Case Patterns item so I wasn’t sure how their sizes came up on me, so I thought it was best to be sensible. I always trace my patterns from the tissue paper so that I can reuse them in different sizes and because the tracing paper is much sturdier than tissue. My pattern pieces were huge and rather unwieldy and I had to spend quite a while wrestling with them. The front bodice piece in particular is rather delicate as it has a cut in the side where you eventually insert the centre bodice panel . However, the tissue pattern suffered a few casualties when my cat thought it was a den made just for him and bashed a few paw holes in the sides!

    More info on my blog at !

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    5 out of 5


    The Closet Case Charlie Caftan is a loose dress with kimono armholes, V neckline and a very characteristic central yoke that I embroidered by hand. That central yoke demands patience and minutiae. I wanted to take my time on this project, to slow down my sewing pace. The idea of ​​embroidering the central panel came naturally. As I used a fairly basic fabric for sewing (a denim tencel), the embroidered yoke makes this dress a truly unique piece. All the details of the realization, embroidery & couture:

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    Charlie Caftan


    I adore this pattern, and will definitely make one of the other two views for summer. I made this out of a thrifted cotton sheet. The instructions are perfect, and it was quick and satisfying sew. The only tricky bit is the waist placket, but if you take it slow— no problem. I found the sizing to be accurate, and the result was a beautiful, breezy dress that is a real show stopper!

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    Charlie Caftan


    Pattern Description: just like the name says it’s a caftan, but with a modern look, all sporting a V neck. It comes in two lengths.

    Pattern Sizing: 0-20, cut a size 6 based on finished garment measurements.

    Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

    Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. The booklet is well put together and if you struggle with any parts you can check out the Sew-Along on Closet Case blog, where they give you some extra details on how to do certain things.

    I found the only fiddly bit was to add the inset centre panel. But with the extra help from the Sew- Along that went in without too much trouble.

    What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the diagonal darts on view A.

    Fabric Used: contemporary leaf Linen Look Canvas Fabric which is 100% cotton from Minerva Crafts

    Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: no changes to the patterns. Chose not to shorten it because I wanted the dress to be a bit longer on me that it is on the model. ( I am 5ft2)

    Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Oh, yes. I do want to make it again. I’ll try view B or C in a crepe or viscose

    Conclusion: I am really pleased with my dress. I’ll wear it all the time once the weather gets warmer in UK. For more pictures and detail please see the MinervaCrafts blogger network.

    Charlie Caftan

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    Charlie Caftan


    I really love this pattern. Although Charlie Caftan is easy to sew with no zipper, buttons, and sleeves, it looks so stylish! Wool fabrics are suitable to sew it if they are not too heavyweight. Mine is made from an unused vintage wool kimono fabric. Of course kimono fabrics are too narrow to sew clothes, So, to get enough width, I needed to sew the pieces of fabrics together. Anyway. Wear favorite clothes all year round! Charlie Caftan is usually considered summer clothes? Try a turtleneck under your Charlie Caftan. Into Winter, there will be a nice combination between this outfit and an oversized cardigan. The black pants I’m wearing are not visible here due to being hidden by the hem.

    Japanese blog:

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    Charlie Caftan


    I really wanted to love this pattern – it looks so elegant on everyone else. But it has got to be one of the most unflattering dresses I have ever sewn. I’m 5’6 and a B-cup, so basically the person this was drafted for, however I have neckline gaping due to a poor bust fit. (I’ve never had bust fitting issues on any other patterns.) The extra fabric at the waist and hips make me look ultra wide. I sewed a size 6, which is the same size I used for the Kalle (which fits perfectly) and the only alteration I made was to raise the armholes an inch. I did view B in a double gauze, but I added waist ties because I thought it might be unflattering without them. The ties help a little, but not much. Full review is on my blog:

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