I learned a few valuable lessons sewing this pattern. The pattern was indeed what I wanted. I found it on Etsy:
Overall, I'm okay with the pattern itself. The fabrics I chose are too heavy and, as mentioned, I ran out and had to do some not-so-pretty piecing. Live and learn! I have some lighter fabric that I've had for years and wouldn't use for a garment that is perfect for this type of garment. It should be a quicker sew as well. The pockets from 1982 are cut kind of funky, so I adjusted them and made them a little deeper.
This caftan will get worn a lot this winter. I can see me frumping around with this, socks, and slippers when I take the dog out in the morning.
I have a cardigan cut out and ready to go next! Plus, my package of sale knits came today, so more cardigans are in the works!
Keep sewing, even when it's ugly. You will learn something and just might get some wear out of it too.
Update (09/14): Hated this house dress. The yolk is now gone and I used the rest to make a really nice summery skirt. I have a salmon colored tee that goes well with it.