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Peach Dyed Mini Cotton Caftan

Added Apr 21, 2014

by nrobson

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, Ethnic, Romantic

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    Sep 30, 2014, 05.13 AMby nrobson

    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. It could pass for honeymoon attire lol.

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    Jul 9, 2014, 02.37 PMby nrobson

    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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    • Simba_nov_06_large

      Apr 23, 2014, 01.52 AMby nrobson

      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_nov_06_large

      Apr 21, 2014, 07.04 PMby nrobson

      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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    • Simba_nov_06_large

      Apr 21, 2014, 10.49 AMby nrobson

      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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    • Simba_nov_06_large

      Apr 21, 2014, 05.04 AMby nrobson

      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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