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DIY Knifty Kaftan

Easy Kaftan Dress DIY

Hey!

This week, I wanted to show you a pattern/DIY/tutorial thingie from my wardrobe. 

This kaftan/dress/tunic is flattering, versatile, and -most importantly- super easy.

Now, I originally got the idea and some instructions from the blog Sweet Verbena but when I had made a couple of them (I have had so many compliments on them too!), I observed that the steps were a bit loose, that it would benefit from them being more detailed.  I'm also quite a visual person, so I like diagrams. Don't get me wrong, I have altered things, so it isn't plaigerism, but that's where I started.

The basic explanation of the design is this: a rectangular pillow-slip that because of the fabric, drapes and hangs in a Greco-Roman manner, especially when belted. 1

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You'll need:

Approximately 1-2 hours of your time

A calculator (not really necessary, but good if you're lazy, or it's too late to be thinking)

A tape measure

A sewing machine (or if you have a lot of patience, do it by hand - I made one this way, as our machine died)

A ballpoint sewing machine needle (pretty important)

Pins

Light knit material (Jersey to you Americans) 148/152 cm wide, probably about 1.5 metres (read tutorial to work out exactly how much, one of mine I only needed 1 metre)

WASH IT BEFORE USE. That way it gets rid of gunk and dust, and does any shrinking it needs.

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Download the Knifty Kaftan tutorial PDF

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This is my first go at a DIY tutorial, so there maybe bits I need to explain/display better. If you can't work out how I got what I did, feel free to ask in the comments below.

 

Vega 

 

I realised after I made the PDF that all the sketches I drew had belts! I didn't include a tutorial for a belt though. Maybe I'll do one later.