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Beach Cover-up (Caftan)

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You are on the beach.  A cool breeze has come up, and the goosebumps make you look like you have been attacked by a swarm of sand fleas.  Or maybe, in spite of sunscreen, you are starting to get a sunburn.  Sounds like you might need a caftan to use as a cover-up.

Let me show you how to make your own caftan, and you will not need a pattern.
 
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Step 1: Measuring and Cutting

Items needed:

Fabric, at least 1/3 yard more than is needed for the main body of the caftan (mine was a light weight denim with the stripes woven in. I found it in my fabric stash.) Note: satin has wonderful drape.
Thread
Cloth tape measure
Scissors
Sewing machine (although can be tediously stitched by hand)

Wash and iron the fabric.

I folded the fabric in half lengthwise and held it up to see if it would fall long enough.  I held the folded edge on my shoulder ,and the fabric fell to about mid-thigh.  I wanted a longer, but the fabric was wider than I needed, and I used some of the excess to lengthen the caftan.

Then I measured for the width of the entire caftan.  I took my cloth tape measure and held the zero against my spine and measured to my elbow.  This was 18 1/2 inches. To this measurement, I added  1 1/2 inches for hemming.

If the fabric you plan to use is less than 45 inches wide, you may need to add band of fabric to each selvage edge.  My fabric was 60 inches wide; I had to cut off the selvage edges (and used them to lengthen the caftan and for the neck facing.)

I folded the fabric in half lengthwise and then in half again across the width.  I measured 20 inches from the center width, and, lucky me, I found a stripe line there.  I cut straight along the stripe line through all four layers of fabric.
fmjoyner3 years ago
My mother used to make these when were kids! She used old towels so you could get dry and warm at the same time. She would even put a zipper up the front of some of them.
worldzend4 years ago
Thanks for this! I especially like your instructions about the facing. I always have trouble with facing, but now I think I can do it with fewer sad results! I'm definitely going to make several of these.
paronomasiac (author)  worldzend4 years ago
You are welcome; and thank you for your kind words.