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Simplicity 8505 | PATTERN REVIEW

What in the world is going on? Never in my life have I heard so many fireworks. And what’s so strange about it is the fact that I’ve been hearing them from a distance for about a month now. Why??? What am I missing? Was there an excessive amount of fireworks activity in your town?

I live in a very quiet neighborhood and you never hear any noise around here. But on the evening of July 4th, it sounded like a real war zone. I’m not taking about cute little fireworks that we used to enjoy as kids. It sounded like they were firing off bombs.

I sat in my bed finishing off the final edits of my latest pattern review video, and every once in a while there was a loud BOOM. Interestingly enough though, I never looked out the window but my son came home and said people were shooting off some serious stuff. I was happy to be safe inside my home.

About The Caftan

The first time I saw this 1970’s Vintage Caftan, I fell in love with it, but didn’t pick up the pattern right away. It’s a re-print of Simplicity 5315. After I started seeing more beautiful versions that the sew sisters were making, I just had to have it. It had already been out for a while and wasn’t available at my local fabric store, so I headed to Walmart to see if I could get lucky. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found it in the drawer, and in my size. WooHoo!

1970's Vintage Caftan | Simplicity 8505

I was recently gifted this beautiful rayon blend fabric and knew exactly what I would use it for. The pattern and fabric are a perfect marriage and I’m thrilled with the outcome.

1970's Vintage Caftan | Simplicity 8505

It’s very comfortable and easy to sew (if you have basic sewing skills). I will definitely be making another one.

If you’d like more details about the pattern, check out my latest Pattern Review video below.

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1970's Vintage Caftan | Simplicity 8505

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Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Palmer Carolyn

    Anita, I have had this pattern for years along with my other out-of-date African collection of patterns. I never tried to do anything with this pattern until now. Especially, after seeing what you have done with yours. Now off to look at your video. Thanks. Be blessed, be safe and don’t forget to mask up.

    1. Anita Morris

      This one is a winner for sure. Super comfortable and with the right fabric very stylish.

    2. La-Kia Kommeren

      I always wanted to try my hand at that pattern but like most patterns I have grade the pattern to my size. But Anita you look amazing and I love seeing your work.

  2. Kelliee

    Oh wow! I have the exact same pattern…bought it second hand on Etsy. I’m planning on sewing it up in the near future. Yours turned out gorgeous!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Kelliee! You’re gonna love it.

    1. Anita Morris

      Yes, Joselina, you have to make one now. It’s a great pattern.

  3. Tracy Griffin

    I feel like its been forever! My sewing machine died and it’s been a challenge to replace it because I wanted to buy something that I could use for sewing and quilting. Finally…I’m in business!
    And let me tell you, this is the perfect summer outfit for vacationing by a pool which I think we could all.use right about now. I never thought I’d reach the age where I wanted to go full Mrs. Roper…but here we are!
    Love you!!!

    1. Kenneth

      Wow, your caftan looks so good, as the case with all of your projects, I think my wife would love if I could come close to something like it! I too am trying my hand at African clothes.

      Take care,


      1. Anita Morris

        Oh Kenneth, you should definitely make one for your wife. An African print would be GORGEOUS!

    2. Anita Morris

      Tracy, you’ve got me cracking up! “Full Mrs. Roper!” Hahaha!!! Yep, but it’s so comfortable. This is definitely a great summer piece.

  4. Gwendolyn Styles

    That’s gorgeous Anita, and your just as beautiful too! Stay safe!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Gwendolyn. You stay safe too.

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