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Matthew Williamson Kaftan Pattern

Added Aug 15, 2010

by geneviever

Alton, United Ki...






I made this from a free pattern by the designer Matthew Williamson that appeared in the Guardian newspaper website last year. When I started to make it I found the instructions very vague and frustrating so I searched online to see if anyone else had tackled this pattern. All I found was a Burdastyle forum post where others were wondering how the back neckline was finished so I have outlined here how I decided to do it.
After trying it on I narrowed the shoulders by about 1 inch at the top of the shoulder as it was looking a bit “football jersey”somehow. I also shortened the hem a little & the sleeves a lot. The pattern comes in one size only. They don’t give any indication of sizing but I would guess that it was designed for a sample/model size & therefore supposed to be looser than it was on me. I quite like this fit though.

Material Notes

light silk fabrics




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Vintage
Chiffon, Silk

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    Jun 1, 2011, 08.05 AMby ichigogirl

    It looks great, much more interesting than in the pictures of the original (the construction looks very nice)! Thank you for adding further instructions!

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    Aug 15, 2010, 09.08 PMby nehmah

    Thanks so much for the instructions. I have the pattern also, but found it to be a tad vague. You look quite comfortable and not a bit like a footballer….LOL Cordially, Nehmah

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