Free Designer Pattern: Matthew Williamson Caftan

July 17, 2013 § 4 Comments

Matthew Williamson caftan photographed for the Guardian

Photo: Jason Hetherington. Image: the Guardian.

Now that summer is truly here, this instalment in my Free Designer Patterns series is devoted to a hot weather essential: a caftan, one that Matthew Williamson shared with the Guardian as part of the Observer’s 2009 Designer DIY series.

The caftan is from what was then the current season collection, the Spring/Summer 2009 ready-to-wear. Here is the caftan on the runway:

Alana Zimmer models a Matthew Williamson caftan

Model: Alana Zimmer. Image:

The spring collection played to Williamson’s strengths, with plenty of neon brights and flowing, bohemian prints. Here’s the collection image from L’Officiel 1000 modèles (click to enlarge):

L'Officiel 1000 modeles 89 2008 Matthew Williamson SS 2009

Matthew Williamson Spring/Summer 2009. Image:

Download the caftan pattern

Fabric requirements: About 2.5 metres (2.75 yards) of very lightweight fabric such as chiffon or printed georgette (width unspecified)

Caveats: Seam allowances must be added. The pattern has 5 pieces, but consists of 44 separate PDFs.

Read a Pattern Review discussion here, or check out Geneviever’s construction notes on BurdaStyle here.

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