Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Cypriot Delight: McCalls 9697 Pattern Review

This post is a bit late by a few months, but better late than never!

Back in July with an impending holiday in Cyprus, I decided that I needed a kaftan cover-up for the beach and picked up this 1969 McCalls 9697 pattern from the stash. Although I love the maxi versions, I thought that 'C' looked more practical with its mini-length.

Luckily I had the perfect light-weight cotton fabric to suit the pattern, that I had brought from Abakhan in Preston a few years ago. 

With only six pattern pieces to cut out and sew, this project was an absolute doddle from start to finish and was ready to be packed away in the suitcase a few weeks later.

Being lightweight and with daily temperatures around 34°C (bliss!) meant that it dried quickly after its daily wash.

If you're looking for a quick n' easy holiday pattern, I'd recommend searching this McCalls one out. Its so timeless and cost a lot less to make than buying its equivalent in a high street shop.

It's been quite few years since we last visited Paphos, but it was great to be back and revive my rusty (very) basic Greek.

We had a very relaxed holiday and towards the end found a very friendly 'locals' cafe tucked away in Kato Paphos where I could practise my Greek and enjoy a strong black coffee - Cypriot style!


  1. Love your kaftan, looks like you had a wonderful time

    Julie xxxxxx

  2. Although I can't sew, I love picking up vintage sewing patterns, and this one would have been right up my street! Your kaftan is gorgeous, and I love, love the fabric. It looks like you had a great time soaking up the sun, and I love the photo of you and your daughter in that café. xxx

  3. That's one fab make! I've got a few vintage kaftan patterns but I'll definitely be looking out for that one. Your choice of fabric is gorgeous.
    Lovely photo of you both in the cafe and the beach looks wonderful. xxx

  4. Your kaftan looks fantastic, chic and airy. And you can speak Greek?! You're a woman of many talents.


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