The Caftan Caravan

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Now that I have this awesome caftan, I really need to build a time machine to go back to the 1970′s for a cigarette, a cocktail, and a key party. Or maybe I’ll just watch “The Ice Storm” again.

This is actually my second caftan. My first is more of a wintry garment of rayon velvet. This one, though, I put on right away. I did not use a pattern. It’s one piece of fabric with a hole cut out for the head, a facing sewn on, and a casing attached to the outside with some elastic through it.

The fabric started out an oyster white color. I dyed it “cabernet” with acid dyes and some shibori stitches. I used a print for the contrast at the neckline and elastic casing.

It is made of one piece of silk double georgette, folded over at the shoulder, with the neckline cut out and a front and back casing added for elastic.

Here are some more photos:

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front

front

back

back

detail photo.  You can see where I sewed the seam from slightly above the waist to around the knee, through the casing.

detail photo. You can see where I sewed the seam from slightly above the waist to around the knee, through the casing.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted July 28, 2014 at 11:52 am | Permalink | Reply

    What a super job you have done! I could see Elizabeth Taylor wearing it on the terrace holding a cocktail.

  2. Posted July 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a beautiful garment. You look relaxed and ready for that cocktail.

  3. Posted July 28, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It looks beautiful!

  4. Posted July 29, 2014 at 3:24 am | Permalink | Reply

    What a timely post! I have a beautiful cut of silk that I want to make a simple top with fluttery sleeves, so I’m looking for ideas on side seams in order to use the entire cut. So great to to see what you’ve done :). And what a beautiful dye job!

    • Posted July 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Let me know if you make something similar. I would love to see it.

  5. Posted July 30, 2014 at 4:24 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh this is beautiful! (came over to see what you were dying in the front-loader)

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