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How to Sew a Caftan – Vogue 1473 Pattern Hack

Hello everyone!

I have received so many requests for a tutorial on this caftan.  I put a rush on it so that you can get busy making it before the summer ends.  I’m so pleased to know that you’re enjoying the videos I’m putting out.  I really appreciate all the wonderful feedback on my YouTube Channel and I plan to bring even more fabulous video tutorials in the future.  I invite you to subscribe both here and to my YouTube channel so that you get first notifications when new videos are posted.

How to Sew a Caftan - Vogue 1473 Pattern Hack

I absolutely LOVE these caftans.  They’re perfect for so many occasions.  Dress them up with sandal heels and enjoy a night out on the town with your love.  Wear them as swimsuit cover ups at the beach. Wear them with flip flops and big, floppy hats for a nice casual look!  Wear them for lounging at home or running errands around town.  Elizabeth Taylor and Mrs. Roper (Three’s Company) rocked the caftans back in the day.  Let’s bring all the fabulousness back with our caftans and rock them in all our lady-likeness.  Are you with me?  Let’s do this!

How to Sew a Caftan - Vogue 1473 Pattern Hack

FYI:  Vogue patterns are on sale for $4.99 at JoAnn Fabrics until July 16, 2017.  Don’t be afraid to use a Vogue pattern for this caftan.  In my pattern hack, I have simplified the sewing process.  You can actually sew this up in one day with no fuss.  As a new beginner, you will need some prior experience with sewing to follow the tutorial.  Check out my Beginner’s Sewing Course HERE first, then join us in the sew-along.

How to Sew a Caftan - Vogue 1473 Pattern Hack

Enjoy the photos of my latest finished caftan and have fun sewing yours.

How to Sew a Caftan - Vogue 1473 Pattern Hack

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How to Sew a Caftan - Vogue 1473 Pattern Hack

How to Sew a Caftan - Vogue 1473 Pattern Hack

I’m loving my new Pippa Pendant Necklace from Chico’s that I picked up during a private shopping event they hosted for the Fierce50 sisters during our weekend celebration in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago.  I love the weight of the necklace, the length of the chain, and the size of the pendant.

How to Sew a Caftan - Vogue 1473 Pattern Hack

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How to Sew a Caftan - Vogue 1473 Pattern Hack

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.

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  1. Kristin

    Hey! My MOM wore these things- in the mind 1970s when we lived in Singapore. I think she called them “Butterfly Dresses”. I love, love- loved them. These kind of things may have been a trend then, but they never do go out of style. See, you’re wearing it beautifully. I am fascinated with women who create and style their own garments.

  2. Lisa Zystro

    I love your design! I am looking for a pattern to use for making costumes for my West African dance group. I was thinking I will want to keep the pattern shorter to allow for ease of movement when dancing. Also in regards to ease of movement when dancing, I am noticing that the caftan is beautifully fitted, but I am wondering if it might be too fitted to allow big movements like high kicks and whatnot. What do you think? Do you think there is a way to still use this pattern if we need to dance in it? Thanks for your great post and video!

  3. Diana Green

    This dress is absolutely beautiful. I can see a holiday or evening material in this simple caftan. The green/black/white stripes is just a gorgeous! Thank you. I am thinking of getting back into sewing so am a novice, but your tutorials and gracious demeanor has pretty much sealed the deal for me. Blessings to you and your family.

  4. Elizabeth

    Mrs. Roper was quite the stylish lady! I love how this caftan still shows your silhouette–it’s a great marriage of the loose flowing style and a fitted dress.

  5. Lora

    HI Anita…Awesome video:) Question?? How much fabric did it take to make the Caftan?

  6. Sandra

    Hi Anita! You look so beautiful, and that fabric is gorgeous. The colors are so calming and refreshing. Thanks for the tutorial! God Bless!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Sandra! God bless you too!

  7. Marcia

    I love it and am enjoying your site. Thank you. My problem is that I need the neckline to be at the base of the neck all the way around and can’t figure out how to do that.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Marcia! I’m not sure what you mean by “the based of neck all the way around.” Do you mean you want the neckline lower? If so, you can just lower the neckline however many inches you need. I can measure from the center front and back, down to where you want it to stop. Then redraw the curve, using a styling design ruler, or freehand. You would also have to change the facing pieces to match the new neckline. I hope this helps.

  8. Kris

    Your blog and you are definitely a class act!!!! I am going to take your beginner sewing class and learn how to sew I just think it’s just fabulous ! I found your blog Through Jodie touch of style and I’m forever grateful to her thank you so much!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Kris! Awesome! Thank you! I’m so glad to hear that you will take the course. Have fun with it and welcome to the sewing community.

  9. Eileen

    Girl you rocked that! Normally the mere word “caftan” would make me shutter, but WOW. Fabulous!

    1. Anita Morris

      LOLOL! Eileen, you cracked me up with “shutter.” Too funny! Thank you so much!

  10. Natasha

    You are so fabulous and an inspiration!

  11. Sheila

    This outfit is awesome!! I love the fabric. You did it again Anita. That is some beautiful material. I love the head wrap.

  12. Peggy

    You know, there’s no doubt this lady is bad when it comes to sewing, and this is beyond sewing. I mean what I do you can call sewing, I don’t have words for what Anita does, but also the way she put it all together when she’s finished, come on now. Is this not God-given? Can I get an amen blog followers? Anita I’m so proud of you. God has truly blessed you with this gift.

    1. Florence

      Amen! Amen! And Amen again!!

    2. Anita Morris

      Oooooh, Peggy, thank you sew sister! You’re making my heart smile again. It is definitely God-given. May He always be glorified in it.

      1. Peggy


  13. Pamela

    My favorite color and you are WEARING it!!! Looks great and yes I want to make one also. Going to JoAnn’s tomorrow.

    1. Anita Morris

      Yaaay! Have fun sewing your caftan Pamela!

  14. Neti*

    WOWZA. . .you look Fantabulous in this caftan. Enjoy every moment. . .

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Neti! We plan to have a great time!

  15. Tracy Griffin

    This style looks so good on you…but I’m afraid that my 5 foot nothing height will make me look more like Mothra!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Tracy! Stop it! I just died laughing!

  16. Elizabeth

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the color too.

  17. Lora A Davis

    The is so on time…I needed a bathing suit cover up and wanted a caftan style for it. I have the perfect fabric:) Once completed I will tag you!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Yaaay! Awesome! I can’t wait to see it! Have fun sewing your caftan.

  18. Char

    aaaah, certain things I miss from the 70’s and this is one of them!
    Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Anita Morris

      You’re welcome Char, and thank you!

  19. Robin D Rush

    Absolutely lovely–would love a tutorial on your headwrap

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Robin! I just wrapped fabric around my head until I achieved a look that was pleasing to my eye. Hahaha! Seriously, I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. There are tutorials on YouTube to learn how to apply the wraps. I’m gonna watch some because I really like them.

  20. CallMeSu

    This caftan is amazing!!! I have always loved caftans! I agree that they can be dressed up or down and even embellished for different occasions. There’s something about draping/flowy fabric skimming the body that I think is so sensual! I’ve gotta try this pattern back!


    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Su! I really think it’s a timeless garment.

  21. jodie filogomo

    First off, that color is spectacular on you, Anita!! Then again, is there one that isn’t?? 🙂
    But I think I recognize this…is this like the one you wore for our LA photo shoot?? Amazing as always!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Jodie! Yes, you’re right! Same caftan, different fabric. I love it so much that I’ve made three and more on the way. Hahahaaa!

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