Summer’s hottest sewing trend, the DIY Caftan, makes a great transitional project for Fall or cruise season. Caftans are quick to make and can be styled to flatter any figure. Sew your own creative caftan and you’ll have a fabulous garment to wear for any time the sun shines!
Five Reasons to Sew a Comfy Caftan
What makes the caftan such a popular garment? Comfort and sooo much more!
- It’s a super-quick, beginner-friendly make! You’ll need under two hours to cut, sew and finish your gorgeous caftan.
- Just a couple yards of fabric will make an adult size caftan. You’ll need even less for a child. Purchase something new or check your stash!
- It’s the perfect garment for that flowing, marvelous print you just weren’t sure how to show off. Think rayon, sheers or luxurious silk!
- Caftans are perfect for so many occasions! Wear it as a swim cover-up with comfy sandals, then pull out your sparkly heels, add a metallic belt and head off to an evening cocktail party.
- You can easily make a dramatic fashion statement with accessories. Add a long chain, pendant or tassel necklace and large hoop earrings for instant WOW!
3 Seam Caftan
Easy! That’s the key word that describes the caftan designed by Elizabeth of Simple Simon and Co. Her three seam knit caftan overflows with comfort and versatility. Make it any length you want from tunic to maxi. You’ll love the waistline options, too. Add elasticized gathering or leave your caftan loose and flowing – it’s up to you. Following Elizabeth’s simple directions, you’ll draft a pattern to sew your own caftan or make one for a child. Her “start with a t-shirt” method will work for any size! Click here for the 3 Seam Caftan tutorial.
Quick Caftan Dress
In just half an hour, this gorgeous DIY Caftan will be ready for you to wear and enjoy. On her Riva La Diva blog, Riva shares the measuring and sewing tricks that will make your caftan super-quick! You’ll need just 2 yards of lightweight drapey 54” fabric in a print or stunning solid and Riva’s easy directions. Your caftan starts with a rectangle drawn from your custom measurements and ends with turned and stitched or raw edges. Your choice, your look, your unique and perfect caftan! Click here for Riva’s Quick Caftan tutorial.
Over on Bernina’s We All Sew blog, Sara shares a “perfect for the pool” caftan you’re going to love. Searching through her favorite ready-to-wear site, Sara found inspiration for her DIY Caftan and embellished it with self-made tassels. You may want to add fringe or a drapey lace rather than tassels, but the idea of embellishment is wonderful! Shorten the length of Sara’s easy-to-draft caftan and throw it on over jeans and a tee for a fun bohemian look or make it long for a night on the town. Either way, you’ll love the compliments you’re sure to receive! Click here for the Caftan With Tassels tutorial.
Vogue Pattern Caftan Hack
Anita of the Anita by Design blog, created this stunning caftan by hacking Vogue Pattern 1473. Her tutorial outlines how to lengthen the design to a maxi-length and includes a link to her helpful YouTube how-to. Anita chose a rolled-edge hem for her pattern hack and used a fabric that created a marvelous flow in the long lines of her caftan. Don’t miss the video clip of Anita walking in her gorgeously draped caftan. If you’re hesitant about making a DIY Caftan, you’ll be sold once you see the elegance Anita created! Click here for the Vogue Caftan Pattern Hack tutorial.
Girls Kaftan Pattern
Your Mini-Me deserves a comfy DIY Caftan, too and Dixi offers the perfect pattern in her My Childhood Treasures Etsy Shop! Adorably styled with a set in contrast placket, you’ll love the no buttonholes or zipper ease of her design for your little lady. Designed for a darling cotton print, this sweet little caftan would be fun in a not-too-stretchy knit, too. Add perky pom-poms for a fun look or leave them off for a little more dressy style. Dixi’s pattern includes a top or dress length and could be easily adjusted to a maxi. Click here for the Girls Caftan pattern on Etsy.
This is just the beginning of the creative world of DIY Caftans! Design your own from the links above and try different fabrics depending on the season. Wouldn’t a shortened lightweight wool caftan worn over a long-sleeve tee be cozy for a Fall shopping day? And, a luscious ponte knit would be fabulous over a turtleneck and your favorite pants. Get busy planning! Your Handmade Wardrobe will love the addition of caftans and you’ll love the ease and speed of sewing your own.