We are in the depths of winter so naturally I’m dreaming of warmer days. As part of the Make it Perfect Pattern Parade, I decided to sew up the Shearwater Kaftan. The kaftan is my kinda style. On the dressier side of casual but still nice and comfy for chasing the boys around and hanging out at home.
There is so much to love about this pattern! It comes together easily and looks so effortless when worn.
Toni sent me the paper pattern which comes printed on A3 sheets of paper. They are printed on both sides, so I traced off the pieces for my size. There are only three major pieces so it doesn’t take long.
I made my version using some cotton lawn from my stash. I only had 1m of fabric so I went with short sleeves. I’m planning to make another with the longer sleeve length and I’d also like to make a dress length. I think it would be perfect to pop on after a swim in the pool.
As always, I made a few alterations. I brought the neckline in a bit as it looked like it sat wide and I am quite narrow in the shoulders. I love how it ended up. The pattern includes two lengths for the placket, but I decided to split the difference and cut it in between. Again, I’m really happy with it. I finished the neck binding on the outside of the kaftan and also extended the binding to make ties.
I think I’m going to have to wait a few months to actually give it a test run. It was about 10 degrees today and the five minutes I was wearing it to take photos were 5 very cold minutes!
Be sure to check out the rest of the parade and see the lovely things everyone has been making: