For comfort and style in one, kaftans and kimonos are go-to items. They are easy to wear, can be dressed up or worn casual, and look effortlessly glamorous.
Though sometimes a good thrift store hunt may produce an unfound treasure of a vintage kaftan or a worn-to-the-perfect-softness kimono, they can sometimes be pricey investments if purchased new. Though well-made ones will last for many years, sewing a handmade version will be a project that will leave you feeling accomplished – and comfortable.
Check out La Maison Bohéme for some flowy, visual inspiration to get started.
If you have a pattern to follow, these do it yourself directions show details for making a basic short sleeved kimono dress. This one has an elastic detail at the waistline, but doesn’t use zippers or complicated stitching techniques.
By using an unworn dress for the form, the fabric can be cut and altered into a new dress. This idea shows one way to turn an old dress into a kimono. A once too-tight dress receives a fashion revamp:
This tutorial shows how to make an oversized kimono wrap top. The pattern includes directions for how to produce the basic kimono neckline, sleeves and belt. It can be made shorter and worn as a blouse or more fabric can be used for a longer kimono.
For an easy to follow directional on how to make a kaftan, see Amina Creations. There are also instructions on how to take correct body measurements. This look can be tailored for length and different fabrics can be used to make a dress, blouse or nightgown.
To make a more form fitting kaftan, a drawstring, ribbon or elastic insert can be placed at the waistline.
Also, this instructional has good visuals for making a basic kaftan or beach cover-up.
These at-ease fashions can be worn alone or layered for an all year favorite pick from the closet.
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