O Caftan, My Caftan - Simple, retro digital sewing pattern

Caftans originate from the 16th century Turkish word qaftan. I think the meaning of the word must translate "comfy!". This caftan inspired dress is a little shorter, with a little less volume, but will take you from the beach to the shopping mall with ease.

O Caftan, My Caftan is a loose fitting, pull on dress with hidden side seam pockets and bias binding trim at neckline. Placket, arm and hem bands are sewn in contrast fabric.

Fast and simple to sew - hope you enjoy this little piece of instant sewing gratification!


  • 8 size multi-size pattern fits bust 29-43 in (73-108cm)
  • Printable instruction summary
  • Online detailed step-by-step photo tutorial online at the Clothesline website (clotheslinepatterns.com/o-caftan-my-caftan/)

Materials you need at home:

  • 2yd (1.8m) main fabric
  • 3/4 yd (0.7m) contrast fabric
  • Bias binding to match 7/8 yd(0.8m)
  • Matching thread
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An older neighbour once told me about how she would shop in the morning for a pattern and fabric, sew a new dress in the afternoon and wear it out that night. I love that idea! That's the spirit of Clothesline Patterns, simple clothes-making to be sewn in a single day.

Back in 2008, when I couldn't find the simple, speedy clothing patterns I was looking for, I decided to make them myself. Private patternmaking classes led to full time study in clothing design and technology at MSIT, a technical college in Brisbane, Australia.

I've worked in a number of creative industries - visual merchandising, graphic design, event styling - but now live amongst the sugar cane fields just outside Mackay in rural Queensland, happily making things for my website www.clotheslinepatterns.com.

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