Added Apr 21, 2014
by nadia r
Auckland, New Ze...
Silk Caftan – Burda Style 2/2013 #123
I used white cotton from a thin roll that was in my vintage 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. My finished caftan still looked too much like a sheet 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.
Light-weight slightly sheer vintage 70s shirting cotton fabric in white, white mini pompom trim, white fringing trim, iron on interfacing, Dylon fabric dye in Goldfish Orange
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