The release of the Charlie Caftan reminded me how much I adore kaftans and kimonos. (We can debate the spelling of kaftan/caftan some other time!)
Kaftans and kimonos are perfect for summer months – for home, for the beach, for the steaming city streets. Twin them with a water bottle (I love mine here) and you’re set to go. Maybe shove a mini-fan in your tote, too.
Here is a quick run down of the patterns I love.
I wear my kimono dressing gown from Sew Over It Vintage every day in the summer after a shower and whilst drying my hair. It’s key to choose an easy-care fabric that doesn’t crease. If your dressing gown crumples the moment you toss it over a bedspread, you’re never going to wear or launder it.
But if you want a free kimono pattern, I used this Youtube tutorial to sew a kimono cardigan in silk fabric.
You already know how much I love the Charlie Caftan. The benefit of modern kaftan patterns is that they lift the aesthetic of original 1970s dresses, without the yardage. When I attended a fancy dress party and sewed a kaftan from a vintage pattern it took almost five metres of silk! But those vintage patterns are deliciously inspiring – you really should check them out – Etsy and eBay are good sources.
Have fun sewing your voluminous makes! All you need now is a waiter to mix your martini and you’re good to go.