Charlie Caftan In Viscose Victory

July 2, 2017   /   bydidyoumakethat  / Categories :  Feeds

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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