Closet Case Charlie Caftan

I have a lot of luck with Closet Case patterns, I’ve made several and they seem to fit me without too much alteration and I really like their styles.

I’m writing this in the middle of a heatwave in the UK.  We moved into our new house at the beginning of May and  although we moved less than 10 miles it feels like we relocated to another country as the weather has just got hotter and sunnier since then.  I got rid of a lot of clothes when we moved and because we’ve not had a really good summer for years in this part of the world I suddenly found myself severly lacking in the hot weather dressing department.

Luckily I had cut the fabric out for this pattern in the old house but hadn’t had chance to finish it before we had to start packing.  I carted the pieces here so my first project was just a case of stitching it up!

Apart from shortening the skirt (at 5’3″ I have to shorten pretty much everything) I didn’t make any other alterations.

It’s a pretty simple pattern to sew together, the trickiest bit is the little oblong at the front where the ties come out of.  The instructions are very clear but I think the technique of inserting a square of fabric into another piece like this is one that needs some practise for me.  I’m quite happy with how it turned out though. If you don’t look too closely it looks ok.

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