Simplicity Pattern 8657 Misses’ Caftan with Options for Design Hacking
Simplicity Pattern 6857 Misses’ Caftan with options for design hacking is the perfect garment for a vacation, stay-cation, and a pool party.
Wow- where have you been all my life? This is the most comfy pattern – okay, it’s really just pj’s, but it looks great, feels great, and wears great.
Simplicity is trying to make their patterns more versatile for the average sewist. This dress/top pattern comes in different lengths and with a little additional tweaking, it is a fun pattern to make and wear.
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I made two versions of this pattern and I am happy with the results considering I didn’t make a test garment.
Make Number One
The first Caftan I made was out of a ITY knit from my stash. An ITY knit is an Interlock Twisted Yarn Polyknit. They tend to have a great drape, with a decent amount of stretch. They are perfect for dresses, tops, and wide leg pants where you want a floaty feel.
The knit I used was a black and white print witha bright red poppy border. I laid 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 and had 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 foldover elastic to finish the neck edge.
All in all, this is a very comfortable caftan, too short and the slit is to high to wear out, but I do like it and will probably make it again.
Make Number Two
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!
When you are looking for something cozy for your next pool party or breezy vacation getaway, try Simplicity Pattern 6857 Misses’ Caftan with options for design hacking.