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For all of our non-sewers and sewers alike, here is a DIY caftan you can make without sewing skills. Caftans are free-flowing long tunics that originated in the middle east centuries ago. They have re-emerged throughout fashion history many times, most notably in the late 60′s-early 70′s (think Mrs. Roper and Maude). I, myself, LOVE a modern day caftan for lounging, relaxing, or accessorizing and wearing out.
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Sewers can sew instead of use the tape I show, and feel free to play with different fabrics and the depth of your slits and arm holes. I got this beautiful fabric at Britex. Really light, airy fabrics or silk give a really sexy look.
CARE: Most caftans (due to the fabric) are hand wash or spot clean. The trade off with the no-sew caftan is that the tape means a bit more time is necessary for care. I recommend spot cleaning with the no-sew option. Replace the tape with a straight stitch if you want to throw your caftan in the washing machine.
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Subscribe to the CRAFT Podcast in iTunes, download the m4v directly, or watch it on YouTube or Vimeo.

Meg Allan Cole

DIY guru


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  1. laura says:

    Nice use for a large scale print! I am wondering how you did the wrap on your head? it looks nice!

  2. A.E. Forest says:

    It might just be me, but the video that downloaded from the RSS feed said caftan, but was the padded headboard tutorial.

  3. Meg Allan Cole says:

    Fixing that for you stat!

  4. Meg Allan Cole says:

    I just tried the link and it’s all set. Thanks and enjoy!