Fabric Options for the Charlie Caftan Pattern

Hey there! Today I want to talk fabric for our new Charlie Caftan Pattern. Thankfully you have a lot of options to choose from. The shorter versions (particularly the pleated view) hold up well with fabrics with a little body and substance. I love the mini in medium weight linen, double gauze and cottons like chambray and voile. I think the maxi looks best with a little drape and swish, so I recommend soft, fluid fabrics like silk (chiffon, charmeuse, noil or crepe will work), rayon challis and tencel. Cotton and linen can work as well, but I would try to stick to lighter-weight options so the skirt doesn’t feel too stiff.

I had a lot of fun choosing fabrics for our samples. In the end I managed to use our studio stash for almost everything (that almost never happens!) but I did spend a lot of time online looking for viable options. In keeping with with the styling suggestions I made last week, here are some favourites.

MINIMALIST NEUTRALS

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BOLD SOLIDS

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DRAMATIC PRINTS

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What are you planning to use to make your Charlie?

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Hi! I'm Heather Lou, a pattern designer and sewing educator for the modern maker. At Closet Case Patterns, we transform your imagination into step-by-step implementation that helps you create a wardrobe you love - not one you're limited to buying off the rack.

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