👚Spring Pinks Kaftan👚

26.7.17

This dress can make in less then forty minutes. How to make Kaftan! Read more...
In this post, I am sharing how to make Kaftan/caftan. If you do not know what kaftan is it is like a square shape long dress. Kaftans come in short, maxi lengths and a variety of colours and designs, from black/white to vibrant summer prints. This is a lovely float cover-up, perfect for wearing over your favourite swimwear, best dress for Hajabis. This one piece of fabric will cover your entire body. I love to wear kaftan in spring with different colours. In my opinion, it is easy making for beginners in sewing. You can make it in less then 40 minutes. Here is what you need to know before buying the fabric.
1-YARDAGE
The amount of fabric yardage entirely depends on your height. How long you would like the kaftans to be. My fabric is 60” wide, but knows that the width of the fabric will be going across your shoulders and down your arms, so the wider the fabric, the further down your arm the fabric will hang.
2-CHOOSING THE MATERIAL
I chose Linen fabric to make my Kaftan, but you can pick anything that is equally flow. If you want a gorgeous border on the sides like mine have in the pictures, choose a white ribbon or any other you prefer.
MEASUREMENTS
There are three measurements required.
1-Wrist to wrist.
2-Desire length.
3-Fitting (chest, waist, hip)
Add 2” to the measurement for the hem allowance and the seam allowances at the shoulders. This style of kaftans looks great at any length!
CUTTING
After determining your desired length, fold the fabric in half lengthwise and cut in half so you have two pieces of equal length, one for the front of the body and one for the back of the body. Lay your fabric out flat and iron it. Fold your fabric in half, with the good sides facing OUT. Straighten and flatten your fabric out making sure it is fold in half with selvedge edges aligned perfectly. For kaftans, you only need to cut neckline and mark fitting on the good side of the fabric. I made button loops on neckline to give more detail look. If you would like to keep, it simple then cut your neckline in round or V shape. Hem it with flexible strip of fabric (just like in the video down below) A neck too narrow won’t get over your head, and a neck too wide will fall off your shoulders.
HEMMING SIDES OF KAFTAN
Fold 1" fabric towards the wrong side of garment. Then made a crease with iron. Stitch the fabric in place with a straight stitch. Repeat the hemming steps on the other piece of fabric, so the three sides of the Kaftan are finished with a double fold hem. On the other hand, use a ribbon technique for better look. I shared a video, you can watch it here- HOW TO SEW RIBBON TRIM TO A DRESS. After stitching; press all the hems nice and flat. 
SEWING SHOULDERS SIDES
Place the finished front, back pieces right sides together, and pin along the top edge. Sew the shoulder seams together from the finished edge to the desired neck width using a ½” seam allowance. The neck opening can be as wide or narrow as you like. My version has a button loops with buttons (test your desired style). After stitching the shoulders, Open your kaftan so it is wrong sides together and right sides out. Pin the sides of the kaftans in place on either side of the stitch line. To close up the sides, you want to leave an opening for your arms and sew from the bottom of the opening to the hem of the kaftan. I chose to start my stitch 7” down from the shoulder seam, and 7” up from the bottom. This again has much room for interpretation, so feel free to make your sleeve openings as long as you like! Draw a line with a marking tool where you want to sew. Stitch along each side of the kaftan, starting at the bottom of the sleeve and ending at your desired amount. In addition, that is it! I can tell you that after wearing it for a bit, you are going to want to wear kaftans everyday... Go crazy and tag me so I can see your version of kaftans!
 Links to watch videos
My youtube channel - AnnieOmarThoughts
Always~Be Patient Be Positive~ A♡O

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