Pattern Testing: Charlie Caftan

The Charlie Caftan was just released by Heather at Closet Case Patterns and I’m excited to finally be able to share my version! I love pattern testing but it’s always hard to keep mum….and I’ve been wearing this a ton since I made it. It’s my new favorite beach/pool cover-up. Plus it’s so easy to dress up by adding a slip on underneath and adding on some jewelry.  Love the styling on the pattern cover and on the lookout for some strappy espadrilles now!


I made my Charlie Caftan out of an organic cotton voile from Organic Cottons Plus that I bought on sale. I’d been eying this geometric print for a while but wasn’t sure what I could make with a sheer bold print. This maxi fits the bill to a T. Plus it doesn’t use up a ton of yardage either.  The voile is slightly sheer and beautifully lightweight. Perfect beach wear!


All the Details:



Voile-45″ Red Star, Organic Cottons Plus, 4 yards

44-45 inches, 2 oz . Red multi print of 100% organic cotton printed with low impact dyes made in Pakistan.



*Please note I made the TESTER VERSION. Changes to the pattern after testing feedback include:

  • Added a second arm opening an inch or so above the first for more coverage.
  • Lowered the bust panel about an inch so it’s not hitting at an empire height.


Charlie Caftan Pattern / Kaftan Pattern | Closet Case Patterns

Charlie Caftan by Closet Case Patterns

Size 10 View C maxi Dress.

My Measurements: 36/29/39 vs Size 10 CCP: 36.5/29.5/38.5   Height:5’7″ 

From my Review:  

The fit on this dress is spot on. The neckline and back sit perfectly with no gaping.  Length to the ankles with no adjustments.  I love the fit at the neckline and the clean finish offered by the neckline facing. It sits nice and snug. The slits on the side make it really practical as I can walk and move easily, as well as being so elegant.  I accidentally cut my front in two pieces but matched it back up and altered the front panels to match.  Consequently I have a tiny bit less gathering at CF.  I love the kimono sleeve and central panel design.

I don’t usually make high-waisted garments. After having kids the last thing I want to wear is anything resembling maternity wear. I was pleasantly surprised with how flattering this is since it’s not my usual silhouette.  That said I’m looking forward to making the revised version now that waist has been lowered. It’s really a perfect beach cover-up! Looking forward to trying out the shorter version with pleats too! So chic.


Happy Summer Sewing!

11 thoughts on “Pattern Testing: Charlie Caftan”

  1. So glad to read your review. Our measurements are similar except I’m 5’1″ – and worried about how to “squash” the top half of the garment down to work with me being short. I hope to see more testers who intend to wear it more as a dress. Yours is beautiful and I would love to make it

    1. Thanks so much! The pattern is designed for someone 5’6″ (I’ll probably lengthen my next one) and does have a lengthen/shorten line below the waist which should help with adjustments. Hope you do give it a try!

  2. I like this caftan better in person than it looks on the pattern. The gathering below the bust is very attractive. Cute choice of fabric too!

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