I would rate this project as easy to moderate and inexpensive if you purchase your fleece on sale. I was lucky and got my fleece on sale for $4.99 a yard and since my daughter is a teacher, she gets an extra 15% off. I got 4 yards of anti-pill fleece for a total of $16.96. I already had thread. So the end cost was less expensive than a nice fleece robe or a decent blanket. And there was a big enough scrap left over to make a blanket for my senior cat.
Step 1: Basic Design and Measurements
Start by taking the measurement of the person from wrist to wrist, then add one inch. For mine the measurement was 58 inches plus one inch making it 59 inches. The width of the fleece I was working with was 59 inches so it was perfect. Next measure from the top of the shoulder to the length that you want your caftan, I wanted mine floor length. My measurement was 55 plus one inch making it 56 inches.
I cut to pieces of fabric 56 inches long. One for the front and one for the back.
Step 2: Neck and Sleeves
I like the arms of my caftans to be very baggy. To accomplish this, with the the front (and back) still folded in half, I measure 12 inches down from what would be the shoulder seam. After marking this line, I measure in 12 inches and this will be the side seam. After pinning the side seam all the way down, cut away the excess material. Do the back the same as the front.
Step 3: Sew Together
I added a pocket to the front using a piece of the material cut from the sides. To make the pocket, I measured a piece of material from the side (that was already 12 in wide) by 10 inches long and seamed it all the way around. Then I measured 8 inches down from the neckline centered the pocket, pinned it on the front and top stitched it on.
For the side seams, I knew that I wanted a slit on both sides. I measured up from the floor to my knee, 18 inches. I then measured 18 inches up from the bottom of the caftan on the side seams and placed a pin on both side. Again, with right sides together, sew the sleeve and the side seam. Clip the corner of the sleeve to the side seam to reduce binding.
Step 4: Hood
With right sides together, sew the top of the hood together. Matching the center back of the hood to the center back of the the caftan, having right sides together, pin hood to caftan and sew. If you have overlap in the front, you can either trim it down or cut it off. I trimmed it down some. Because this is the first one I've ever made like this, I hemmed the hood after I sewed it.
Step 5: Bottom Hem, Side Seam
Turn in your hem allowance on your sleeves and hem.
You now have a warm, fuzzy, hooded caftan.