DIY Kaftan

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Kaftans are pretty versatile. They can be worn in so many ways, to dress up and dress down. As a cover-up for the beach, for a casual relaxing day, or with accessories for an outing. I went to the fabric store the other day to get fabrics for midi skirts, I figured I will make a couple for the fall. They had a huge selection of chiffon and silky fabrics I ended up getting more that I needed. I was thinking of what else to make, and a kaftan came in mind. Below is a pretty easy straight forward DIY. Give it a try.

What you need
Fabric of your choice
Thread and needle, if you do not own a sewing machine.
Chalk or pencil for marking

Fabric I used 2yds
Fold fabric in half. When folded, 2 yds of fabric should measure approx 60" by 40". That was a little too large for me so I cut it into half which then measure 30" by 40" Please note that you can cut this to your desired width and length, My desired width was 30" by 40" with the fabric folded that is.
 After folding and cutting, you are ready to begin. Fold over your fabric again. In my case I got 15" by 40" now.
Using your marking tool, I used a sidewalk chalk actually. Make sure it is something that can come off easily. Draw a quarter of a circle in the folded corner of the fabric.
Open your fabric up and complete a semi circle. The diameter of my circle is 9"
Now cut along the circle. The cut out should look something like this, and it should be somewhere in the middle of your fabric.
Now sew the sides of the fabric together, make sure to leave enough room for your arms. Then sew along the edges of your cut out semi circle. It should look something like this when done. With 2 yds of fabric, and after all the cutting,  your kaftan should measure about 30" by 40"

Floral Print Kaftan: Nahla Franklin
Wedges: Dolce vita via Target
Belt: Kohls

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