My sister has had a shitty year. When her birthday came around I really wanted to make her something beautiful. While we were on vacation in Hawaii I hit up a local fabric store chain Discount Fabric Warehouse with the mission of finding caftan appropriate fabric for my sister.
I was able to find a ton of cotton or cotton/poly blend fabrics, but the apparel options were tucked away against the wall. There were only about 20 options in rayon so I selected the print I though suited Kat best. She and I have very different taste when in comes to color. She inherited olive skin that tans easily and looks great in reds, oranges, and other warm colors.
I wasn’t able to finish her dress before her birthday, but I was able to surprise her at our family reunion. I think she likes it!
I used the Charlie Caftan pattern from Closet Case Patterns. I made a version for myself last year and found the insert extremely annoying to install. However, this time around everything went really really smooth.
I measured my sister a few months ago and she easily fit into the size 20. I probably could have sized down, but a caftan is forgiving. I went extra dramatic with the deep sleeves and the only alteration I made was to lower the inset 1 inch so she had plenty of boob room.
I think she looks absolutely fabulous in her new caftan and I hope she’ll be able to enjoy wearing it through the heat of summer and maybe even on her annual trip to Burning Man. I can’t take away all the crap life is throwing her, but I love my little sister.
9 thoughts on “Sister Gift – Charlie Caftan”
Love this dress. Indeed it looks smashing on her. Bravo.
She looks thrilledl! How fun! The dress looks fantastic … lucky sis!
It turned out really nice on her. She was pleased.
Wow! You did a beautiful job on the special gift for a special person in your life. It looks like Kat loved what you made for her. Please tell Kat that Aunt Robin loves her and hopes that her life gets better soon.
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She looks stunning! You did a beautiful job. The fit is perfect. Hope things get better for her soon.
Thank you! We’re hoping the year starts to get better.
Of course – she looks beautiful! Good job big sis!
Your sister looks stunning, what a wonderful way to show your love. 😊