You say caftan, I say Kaftan. I still don’t know which way to spell it.
One of my favorite summer essentials, a breezy kaftan. This is EASY! It’s just a giant, loose robe so follow along! I used this golden yellow RIT dye.
I knew I wanted something transparent for my kaftan, so against advice I used a polyester sheer material. I knew in my dying experience that it would still dye, just very light which was fine by me. So for the record, if you use a polyester it will barely pick up the dye. I got a large pieces and folded in it half over at the head. Here it is pinned on my mannequin so you can see what I did. (notice there’s no head hole yet)
I cut a slight shape out of the sides. After unfolding it, sew the sides together.
Next, fold it in half again and at the top folded corner, cut a little hole out for the head.
Now slip it over your mannequin or lay it on the floor.
Now I cut a diagonal slit across the front. I wanted the opening to be across and open at the leg.
Then I took some pins and opened it up the way I wanted it to lye on the front. Notice how it’s taking shape?
Repeat that on the other side.
Then from there you can cut off the excess and sew the openings, along with the hem and it’s complete! I love the way it covers and flows in the beachy wind!
For an optional belt I got two extra strips of the fabric along with some teal grosgrain that matched my scarf perfectly. I braided them all together.
For the ends I got a small piece of grosgrain and glued them closed.
Here’s the belted kaftan.
I have some more summer inspired tutorials coming so stay tuned!
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