Feb. 2012 8

Easy Breezy Caftan

I am a truly lucky girl. I have a great boyfriend, Vlad, who is such a sport about getting dragged to the fabric store. He’ll go through endless amounts of clearance fabric trying to find some allusive piece of fabric that I can’t even describe myself. Yet some how, he always comes away finding some killer piece that I would have completely missed. Thus was the case with this awesome black, grey and blue shear panel printed fabric. I have no idea how he found it, but I love it. I loved it so much I didn’t want to waste a single inch. So I went with a belted Caftan design. It’s super easy, although a little time consuming.

 

What you’ll need:

-About 2 yards of fabric (which is approximately what 1 panel of the design was)

-Some ¼” double fold bias tape

-Fabric for a sash

 

1. This is by far the most time consuming step. Cut your fabric into a rectangle, I recommend using a rotary cutter for this so you have clean edges. Then you are going to roll the hem  all the way around so it’s 1/4″ finished. Sew

2. Fold in half, mark the center top

3. Take a v-neck t-shirt and trace the opening. Cut out

4. Using your double fold bias tape, finish the neck opening.

5. Put the Caftan on, pin front and back together at natural waist. I had to get Vlad’s help with this.

6. Remove the caftan, mark 2.5”where you pinned in step 5. Sew button holes here.

7. Make your sash 2” wide. To do this, cut strips 3” wide, enough to fit around your waist and tie together. Then sew strips together, turn right side out and press.

 

Then just belt your caftan and you’re done! There are so many ways you can where it. I know most people only think of caftans as beach cover ups, but look, I paired it with a simple purple tank dress and it’s ready to go out on the town! It also looks great with jeans. You can pin up the “sleeves” and add a thicker belt, or belt the sleeves in for even more looks. I feel like there are way too many pictures of me this post, but I really wanted to show you how easy it is to style a caftan.

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