We’re in the thick of summer and all I want is a weekend away at a pool with my BFFs. Palm Springs, here we come! To fit in with the desert vibes, I’m thinking vintage patterns, bright colors, and something super retro. A DIY caftan is the just the thing I’m going to make and bring with to lounge poolside in!
I went to JOANN to find the perfect pattern and fabric combo to get my piece started!
Here's what you'll need:
Pattern (Simplicity has SO many cool reissue patterns from the 60s/70s! It took me a while to settle on my pick!)
Fabric (I wanted something bright and desert-y and went with this cotton pattern. I got four yards just to make sure there was enough and to have the option of crafting a belt or head scarf with the remnants.)
I found the perfect pattern while browsing - I wanted to make all three of the options but decided on the top left. (Stripes FTW!) I mean we’re going to Palm Springs, so let’s keep it short!
I checked out the step by step instructions on the back of the pattern and started planning. For any sewing newbie, these steps are super helpful in understanding the best way to piece together your garment!
I began with the pattern and cut out the pieces that were needed to make my caftan option and then pressed the pattern pieces with an iron to remove any wrinkles.
I did a quick press of the fabric as well, pinned the pattern to my fabric, and cut the three pieces out. There’s such a sense of accomplishment once you have all your pieces ready to go!
Following the directions on the pattern package, I cut out fusible interfacing for the collar pattern and ironed it to the fabric.
Now it was time to sew all the pattern pieces together! I began with the collar - following the directions I pinned my piece in place…
...stitched the ends together and then turned the collar inside out.
Next was the rest of the caftan! I attached my collar to the neckline...
...stitched the sides of the piece leaving room for the sleeves and then created a hem.
And just like that, I’m ready for Palm Springs! 🌴
Colorful and outfitted in a vintage straw had, because that’s how you do in the desert :)
This is perfect for over a swimsuit, or to cover shoulders if you’re prone to burns like I am!
I also had the perfect clutch to pair with my caftan! Yellow straw clutch, FTW!
This is making me want to sew caftans to wear each day of the week!
I’m totally going to become that girl! :) Caftan Party, USA!