Simplicity Pattern 8657 Misses’ Caftan with Options for Design Hacking

Wow- where have you been all my life? This is the most comfy pattern – okay, it’s really just pj’s, but…

I made two versions of this pattern and I am mostly happy with the results considering I didn’t make a test garment.

The first Caftan I made was out of a ITY knit from my stash.  It has a bright red poppy border.  I layed the pattern out so the border was on the bottom and just at the top of my sandals.  What I didn”t take into consideration was that the “V” in the front (and back) was 3″ below my bra – Yikes! So I shortened the shoulder seam 3″ – which, of course, threw off the hem line and it’s shorter than I had planned – but better than the peep show I was sporting 🙂 I also shortened the sleeve, because that was all the fabric I had – story of my life – never had quite enough fabric – 🙁

For a dress, I thought it was a little too loose – showed no shape at all. So I added a 2″ piece of elastic about 8″ long to the center front under the bust.  I stretched the elastic and stitched channels in the fabric and elastic to give the dress a little more definition. I’m pretty happy with the results, but since I shortened the shoulders, the slit on the side was too high and I needed to close that up about 3″ – go figure!

I used fold-over elastic to finish the neck edge.

All in all, this is a very comfortable caftan, too short and the slit to high to wear out, but I do like it and will probably make it again.

Oh ya! I did make it again.  This time I made a shorter version specifically as a beach cover up.

So, for the second Caftan, I angled the shoulder seam 3″ at the neck edge up to the edge of the sleeve. I folded down the tissue at the neck edge and tappered it out to the sleeve.  this shortened the “V” in the neck but not the sleeve opening.

I didn’t have as much fabric, so I cut it to the length of what I had. Since this was a beach cover up, I didn’t finished the edges of the sleeves and the hem. I just left them raw cut.

I serged on the salvage at the neck edge, to keep the neck from stretching out, then stitched it down. Hope you enjoy this pattern.  It’ s easy to make and fun to wear. Who doesn’t like secret pajamas!

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