by Kate on October 6, 2010

Just before each Summer rolls around I always intend on making myself up a few comfortable, ‘around-the-house’ tops. I have to say these intentions of mine are fuelled largely by Ashley, who each Summer always whips up the prettiest kaftan’s and dresses – you can see the fruits of her labour here.

Anyway, armed with the ‘Make It Perfect’ Shearwater Kaftan pattern and pushed along by the lovely warm days we have been experiencing – I pulled out the machine.

The pattern is really easy to follow and the only problems I experienced was when it came to making the bias binding to encase the neckline in. I don’t know about you but making bias binding with cotton gauze is really no fun.

I abandoned the binding idea and did a small rolled hem (fraught with it’s own perils), which has made the neckline a lot wider than the original pattern.

I have to say that I am not entirely thrilled with the neckline as it is but I’m not getting too hung up about it as it will serve the ‘around-the-house’ purpose quite nicely.

Fabric purchased from here.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Krista October 6, 2010 at 7:47 am

Okay, now. That tunic is nicer than anything I own and wear outside of my house! I think it looks fantastic!


2 Kirsty October 6, 2010 at 7:49 am

I like the neckline!

This is a perfect spring/summer piece.


3 Bellgirl October 6, 2010 at 8:12 am

Oh yay! I bought this pattern a few months ago and have been looking for fabric to make it up. I'm so pleased to see how great it looks, nice work!


4 Liam's Mummy October 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

That top is in no way an "around the house" one. It looks lovely :)


5 Heather October 6, 2010 at 9:05 am

aaak! are you kidding me??? i lOVE it!! and am crazy green with envy that you're getting summer… we are going into winter here! ick!!



6 flowerpress October 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

Thank you! I have had the fabric for this for months and been dithering, but your beautiful top is the perfect inspiration I need to start!
That sounds a bit worrisome about the neckline though, not sure I can do bias or rolled hem…


7 karlyn Jackson October 6, 2010 at 9:36 am

I too have been wanting to make a Kaftan for ages, the fabric is so pretty. If you know of a childs kaftan pattern I'd love to know.


8 Mary October 6, 2010 at 9:46 am

Lovely tunic! That fabric is just gorgeous.


9 Andi October 6, 2010 at 10:14 am

Very pretty!
Neckline 'n' all!


10 Sandrine October 6, 2010 at 11:26 am

OH I bought the pattern few weeks ago SO I read your post very carefully!I think it looks beautiful with a wider neckline…Well done! and the fabric is really pretty too!


11 shula October 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Okay, I MUST have this…


12 Cathy October 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Oh I would wear that outside the house too, gorgeous fabric! xo


13 Leslie October 6, 2010 at 1:05 pm

this is lovely and it looks beautiful on you


14 Mel October 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I'm sorry but that is far too nice for "round the house"! Please tell me it ain't so! I'm trying bias binding out of voile – not my idea of fun AT ALL!!


15 Danielle October 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm

gorgous fabric and such a lovely top !


16 patchworkoncentralpark October 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm

This looks gorgeous Kate! only you would notice the unseen faults. I love this fabric design, good choice.


17 Cass October 6, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Looks gorgeous Kate


18 Sarah October 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm

It's lovely and the neckline looks fine to me. As long as it's not falling off your shoulder, it's not a problem. The fabric is divine… looks like Nani Iro. Enjoy!


19 the textured leaf October 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm

It looks lovely. I too, am a kaftan kind of girl. Well done.


20 Lorraine October 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Oh , I love this Kate .
I've had some gauze on the shelf with the intention of making a similar tunic/kaftan for too long .
I made a linen version & also had grrrrs with the binding on the neckline .


21 Louise October 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Super cute Kate and definitely for wearing beyond the house!


22 1/4 of an inch October 7, 2010 at 5:58 am

It's lovely Kate… Beautiful fabric – Nani Iro? xxt


23 Flaming Nora October 7, 2010 at 7:39 am

Loverly. Great fabric. Wish it was summer over here,not just the rain rain rain.


24 pigsandbishops October 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm

I think the neckline is lovely – it means the kaftan would work well over a strappy summer dress or a pair of bathers.


25 varenia October 22, 2010 at 4:18 am

oh, i love this!


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