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I have always loved Rachel Zoe and her style. Boho chic she calls it. One thing she has made fashionable for everyday use is a kaftan or caftan, however you want to write it. This middle eastern attire is a beautiful combination of elegance and comfort. I think one of its purposes is to cover up women’s figure, but still with belts and other accessories, you can turn it into such a feminine outfit.
Caftans for inspiration ( Pics from Pinterest)
I’ve been planning to make on for ages and now finally decided to go for the challenge as I needed a maternity-appropriate dress for my brother-in-laws wedding. My initial inspiration was this Prada Caftan from their SS14 collection. I didn’t want that deep a neckline, but otherwise, I loved the shape of the dress.
I also looked into some patterns available on Pinterest and found this free pattern that I took as a starting point. Here is a short tutorial on how I ended up altering the pattern and how I put my kaftan together.
Material: Fabric for app 2 x length of your caftan. Mine was 150 cm wide and I had it 3,2 metres just in case
- Cut your fabric with the following pattern measurements. The drawing is not in proportion, so I recommend you draw your pattern on paper.
- Cut a piece for the neckline and add buckram to this piece and iron it on
- Sew shoulder seams together
- Sew on the neckline piece and iron flat. Hand sew the edges to the front piece if needed.
- Sew side seams from arm opening to the split.
- (hand)sew the hem of the dress and the arm openings.
Good advice for sewing rounded hem found here on Pinterest. I hand sew all the hems since I wanted them as neat as possible. For a more casual dress machine would work fine.
This caftan is not a difficult one to make, but sewing the hems takes time and patience. But I think it was worth it as the result looks great. Here are some pics of it in action and also a styling proposal.
Can’t wait to try a shorter version of a caftan and something with a more casual style. How would you like your caftan or would you prefer non at all?