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Peach Dyed Mini Cotton Caftan

Added Apr 21, 2014

by nadia r

Akl, New Zealand






Silk Caftan – Burda Style 2/2013 #123

I used white cotton from a thin roll that was in my vintage 70s stash to make this short caftan. It appears to be some type of shirting fabric with a strong lengthwise grain. I found the bound button holes quite tricky to do, and I made them large, with some messy stitches if you look up close lol. I had to make the front opening wider as I accidentally put a hole in that area, so there are no buttons down the front. Instead I added two short ties to close it in a bow if wished. I gave metered corners a go too. I sourced some fun pompom trim for the sides, and also made some tassels out of fringing. There was a bit of puckering happening when I was stitching but no one will notice lol.

Update: My finished caftan still looked too much like a sheet in plain white lol, so later on I dyed it up in orange fabric dye, which came out more peachy in tone. I was glad that neither the tassels nor the pompom trim took to the dye, because the result was it makes them look more defined. Location: Pacific Dawn

Material Notes

light-weight slightly sheer 70s shirting cotton fabric in white: its either poplin, voile, lawn, or batiste; white mini pompom trim; white fringing trim; iron on interfacing; Dylon fabric dye in Goldfish Orange



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bohemian, Beach, Bridal, Ethnic, Romantic

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    Sep 30, 2014, 05.13 AMby nadia r

    I took this breezy caftan on holiday with me, from Brisbane to PNG the other week, and it fitted in perfectly with the cruisey atmosphere.

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    Jul 9, 2014, 02.37 PMby nadia r

    I finally dyed up my finished caftan; the fabric didn’t receive the orange dye very intensely, but instead it came out a rather pleasant 70s apricot, lol. Better than looking like a plain white sheet lol, as the basic pattern is simply a square and needed interest.

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    Apr 22, 2014, 03.23 PMby kisses

    Cool caftan…look good on

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      Apr 23, 2014, 01.52 AMby nadia r

      thanks so much luv… I must say it doesnt look like much on the rack, but I’m hoping it looks just groovy on, lol!

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    Apr 21, 2014, 01.59 PMby liliv-1

    I love this style and it looks perfect on you!

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    • Simba_2007_large

      Apr 21, 2014, 07.04 PMby nadia r

      Thanx so much darl, great to know x….

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    Apr 21, 2014, 05.25 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    It looks Great Nadia – and it must be good to have on a warm and sunny day ☼

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      Apr 21, 2014, 10.49 AMby nadia r

      thanks heaps lovely X

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    Apr 21, 2014, 04.54 AMby izbott

    You look great! What a fun beach outfit. Love beach clothes.

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      Apr 21, 2014, 05.04 AMby nadia r

      thank you so much! i also love fun beach outfits (darn, winters’ almost here lol). i must say i’m obsessing over resort wear at the moment, obviously haha.

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