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garment series: the charlie caftan

The warm weather IS comin' our way, which means it's time to start getting your summer wardrobe ready!  Join our garment sewing guru, Erin, to make the Charlie Caftan by Closet Core Pattern.  Nothing says summer elegance quite like this stunning caftan, and we're sure it will prove to be a wardrobe staple this summer.

The Charlie Caftan features a deep V-neckline, short dolman sleeves, an inset center panel and roomy pockets.  The pattern accommodates sizes 0-20 (printed and PDF) and 14-32 (PDF only).   During this 2-weekend class we'll be making View C, which is the full length version with a gathered bodice and an optional waist tie. Students may choose from a dramatic, wide sleeve option or a slightly higher cut for more coverage. Dress it up with your favorite jewelry accessories or keep it casual and wear it as a cute beach cover up! 

This class is suitable for advanced beginner and intermediate students. Anyone who has taken our Garment 101 or has some basic garment sewing experience is encouraged to register! Students must be able to confidently thread and operate a sewing machine independently.

Required Materials:
- (1) Pattern: Charlie Caftan by Closet Core
        - Paper Pattern: Sizes 0-20 - available for purchase directly in our shop;
        - or PDF Pattern: Sizes 14-32**see pattern note below

- (1) spool of coordinating polyester thread
- fusible interfacing (Pellon SF101) - yardage is dependent on size being made
- fabric - yardage is dependent on size being made; please refer to the pattern for accurate measurements

**Pattern Note: FOR PDF PATTERNS ONLY - If you are purchasing a PDF pattern download (Sizes 14-32), please download the pattern HERE and print the pattern and bring it to class the first day.  Your printing options are as follows:

     - Print at home on 8.5" x 11" paper and assemble it on your own.  The pattern MUST be brought to class assembled.  There will not be time in class for pattern assembling.
     - Or, use a printing service such as PDF Plotting; please make sure you place your order in time to have it shipped to you before the first class (at least one week).

Recommended Fabric:
- We suggest using light to medium-weight wovens, such as linen, chambray, rayon, tencel, or silk.
- Fabric MUST be purchased from our shop. Our staff is more than happy to help you with your selections!

- As with all garment classes, we recommend students wash and dry their fabric prior to the beginning of class to prevent any further fabric shrinkage.

Required Tools:
fabric scissors
seam gauge
seam ripper
pins and/or wonder clips
chalk or frixion pen

Cancellation Policy:
If you are unable to attend the class, a refund will only be provided if you notify us 72 hours in advance in writing by email, there is a waitlist, and we are able to fill your spot. Otherwise, a credit for a future class will be issued.

No refunds or credits will be provided if you notify us less than 72 hours in advance. By registering for this class, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Confident Beginner to Intermediate
Materials Included: No
Instructor: Erin Baginski

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
  • Tel: 908.232.0600
  • Email:
  • 361 South Avenue E.,
  • Westfield, NJ 07090