Charlie Caftan In Viscose Victory

closet case patterns charlie caftan in viscose

This beautiful viscose was kindly gifted to me by Bobbins & Buttons in Leicester. You can see their full supply of viscose here (though sadly none of this leaf print left). Don’t weep! I have found an alternative source of the print here.

If you want to know more about the qualities of viscose, read here. For this summer weather, the only important detail you need to know is – viscose breathes. And from the breezy photo above, you can appreciate the fluid drape.

The perfect summer caftan.

On this version, I raised the bottom of the V in the neckline. Arguably, a bit prissy now but I enjoy the confidence of knowing that a paw or bag strap tugging at my bodice isn’t likely to reveal my bra. Call me old-fashioned!

gathered neckline

I also followed a tip from Maryanne to avoid gaping at the V neckline:

  • Stay stitch each line of the V section separately, starting from the point of the V and sewing up to the shoulder.
  • Gently gather the line of stay stitching so that once sewn, your V neckline invisibly hugs the body when the facing is sewn on. No gaping.

Job’s a good’un. This really worked. Thanks, Mrs C!

charlie caftan neckline

The pattern instructs you to top stitch the neckline, but I didn’t trust this viscose not to ripple. Instead, I anchored the neckline facing to inside seams with a few stitches.

Ella and viscose fabric

Most important of all, this viscose makes the perfect blanket for lap-sitting. What more could a Sewist (or dog) ask for?

Thank you to Bobbins & Buttons for the fabric.


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24 Responses to Charlie Caftan In Viscose Victory

  1. ooobop says:

    Perfecto! The print, the fabric and that neckline. Just gorgeous. Mrs C sure knows her stuff!! xxx

  2. Julie Manouchehri says:

    The proportions here are fantastic, not prissy at all. I quite liked your first one, but this blows it out of the water!

  3. wakeymakes says:

    Love that higher neckline. Some others I have seen really put me off the pattern. Yours is gorgeous K xXx

  4. OH…this is so pretty Karen! The fabric sings!

  5. Perfect in viscose!
    A quick question about Walthamstow Market – when does the Man Outside Sainsbury’s have his stall there? I’m planning a visit this summer and don’t want to miss him.

  6. Sarah says:

    I love that dress! Looks really lovely on you. And I too, like a higher neckline, its one of the reasons I started to make my own clothes because I was tired of constantly trying to make sure I wasn’t showing too much cleavage at all times. I love that I can now alter a neckline on a pattern if I wish it to be higher.
    I have also taken inspiration from you Karen and now like to wear my Converse with some of the dresses I make. So thank you.

    • didyoumakethat says:

      The best day to see him is on a Saturday. I THINK he’s also there on a Wednesday. Do bear in mind that stall holders don’t always attend, but he’s there 98% of the time. Have a great trip!

      • Sheree says:

        Hi Karen,
        Unless his days have changed in the last year, he is not there on Wednesday. Apart from Saturday, he is there Tuesday and Thursday nearer to the shopping centre entrance.

  7. Elaine says:

    Love both your versions of this pattern, Karen. The v neck looks perfect and I will be trying that tip. The blue and white looks so fresh and summery. I like your trainers with it too. I often wear trainers with my handmade dresses as I love being able to wear dresses casually. They wouldn’t get much wear otherwise as I walk a lot and can’t walk far in heels!

  8. Silvia says:

    Your dress looks very nice with Ella. I mean, your dress looks very nice on you. Pretty color blue, like the Caribbean – nice work!

  9. Kathy Lynch says:

    Oh, you, your dress & Ella look gorgeous, Karen! I think you need to waft around the Greek Islands in something so perfect! We live on the beach just north of Brisbane (Aus) so viscose is pretty much a staple in my wardrobe – brilliant stuff!

    (FYI: your kind reply re TMOS to Caroline J has published below the next comment. Thought she might miss your hot tip.)

  10. Kathy Z. says:

    So cute! You should share a shot of all your trainers lined up in a row! They’re so colorful.

  11. Elle C says:

    What a surprise! i have 2.25 meters of exactly this fabric! I’ve had mine for at least 2 summers, and it hasn’t made it to the top of the queue yet. After seeing your lovely caftan/dress, it might get sewn this summer!

  12. Sheree says:

    Agree with everyone else – looks great on you. Thanks for the links for (new to me) suppliers of viscose – I find its not always that easy to find and has such beautiful drape. I almost bought this pattern last week, but then got put off the wide sleeve openings. Will have to buy now I’ve seen your latest version. Did you have to do a FBA? I’m thinking and hoping it wouldn’t be necessary in this style. My most hated sewing job – avoid whenever I can.

  13. How timely; I was just going to order this pattern! It looks great on you and I appreciate the review of viscose fabric. I was unaware that it breaths. Thanks!

  14. This is really lovely! The fabric is gorgeous.

  15. Lori says:

    This is gorgeous! I just went and bought the fabric. On it’s way via Devon because they don’t ship to Canada. Got a couple other lovely things as well. Will use the tip on the neckline when I make my caftan. I need to start writing all of these great tips downs somewhere rather than just thinking I know I read a tip about this or that somewhere and then not be able to find it for the life of me. LOL

  16. Terrific dress and print!

  17. lynl says:

    Beautiful, Karen! I completely agree with you about the security of the neckline with wayward dog paws, children or in my case, being short and having EVERYONE looking down…How much did you raise the centre front V? I was thinking about an inch but it looks really deep. Perhaps more?

  18. Samantha says:

    Great tip re: the V neck! I will store that one for later! I really think it’s time you made Ella matching bow or bandanas😉

  19. Margo B says:

    Beautiful!! Thank you for the tips about the neckline!

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