Psychedelic Caftan!

Hi, guys!!! It’s the end of summer here in the U.S., so why not go out with a bang? Chez Ginger, going out with a bang usually means a really over-the-top garment like this psychedelic caftan.

M6552 | Mood Fabrics | Ginger Makes

I was immediately drawn to this printed cotton at Mood Fabrics NYC, and my first impulse was to drape it over my entire body from head to toe (look here for a selection of Mood’s retro florals!). Luckily, the memory of Clio’s made-for-mom caftan was fresh in my mind, and probably a more elegant solution than just wrapping and pinning half a bolt around me toga-style. A caftan it would be!

M6552 | Mood Fabrics | Ginger Makes

The fabric is probably a bit on the stiff side for a caftan, but I don’t mind at all. I like how breezy cotton feels on a hot day! Sometimes drapier fabrics can feel a little warmer when they cling to your skin. But I imagine this style would look really lovely in something like rayon challis.

M6552 | Mood Fabrics | Ginger Makes

The pattern is McCall’s 6552, a Fashion Star pattern. It’s really, really simple to put together, since the bodice is made from one single pattern piece. Crazy, right? The center back is cut on the fold, and the front is folded over the back and stitched from waist to the sleeve hem, forming giant kimono sleeves. The bodice is sewn to the skirt with a 7/8″ seam allowance, which is then folded under and stitched down to form a casing for the drawstring. Clever!

M6552 | Mood Fabrics | Ginger Makes

One thing to know about this pattern is that it’s really low cut, which is not good for me. I took a note from Coco and extended the center front at the waist level by about 3/4″ to form an overlap. I wish I could have overlapped it a bit more, but in my size, that was the most I could do before I ran off the fold of the fabric.

M6552 | Mood Fabrics | Ginger Makes

Overall, this was a really fun project- the fabric and pattern were so easy to work with, but the final garment makes a big impact. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to get away with wearing this dress multiple times in a week… somehow I think people will notice! 🙂

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Comments


  • Kimberly
    August 25, 2014

    That is a wonderful caftan. It looks like a maxidress. I do appreciate what you are saying about the fabric not being too drapy. Seems as you wash it, it will loosen up some. Anyway, I want a few. 😉

    • Ginger
      August 25, 2014

      Make a few! I kind of want one for every day of the week! 🙂

  • Amanda S.
    August 25, 2014

    I can’t believe it’s cut all in one piece! This would be the perfect dress for a large print fabric that you don’t want to look too cut-up. Super nifty!

    • Ginger
      August 25, 2014

      The pattern piece is CRAZY looking! It’s a really interesting design!

  • True Bias
    August 25, 2014

    well this is fun! and comfy!

    • Ginger
      August 25, 2014

      It’s so comfy! I need to make another in a more subdued color. 🙂

  • Chris
    August 25, 2014

    this calls for a Hawaiian vacation!

    • Ginger
      August 26, 2014

      Riiiiight? Aloha!!

  • DebB
    August 25, 2014

    Cute dress! You look like you should have a tropical drink in your hand.

    • Ginger
      August 26, 2014

      Thanks, Deb! It’s 5:00 somewhere, right?

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    August 25, 2014

    gah. Love it. I’ve actually been resisting this pattern… but perhaps not for much longer. I love that you have teamed it with a zany retro print too. I’m dreaming of a soft floral silk one… barefoot on the beach (you know… for a change…)

    • Ginger
      August 26, 2014

      This would be so easy for you to wear, I bet! You should make one!!!

  • Sandra J
    August 26, 2014

    OMG you crack me up!!! That is definitely making an end of summer statement – I bet it is super comfy.

    • Ginger
      August 26, 2014

      It really is comfy… like, maybe a step away from a bathrobe!

  • Lauren
    August 26, 2014

    ARGHHHH I LOVE IT!! I could totally use one of those about right now… I must have brought a heatwave back to Nashville with me, because it’s like 100* here this week, wah. You look so cool and comfy and BRIGHT and I’m jealous!

    • Ginger
      August 26, 2014

      It got really hot again here, too! You’ve still got time for a few more summer dresses!

  • Lori
    August 26, 2014

    That is one perfect end-of-summer dress, puts a bit of fun in the heat and humidity.

  • Mary Danielson
    August 29, 2014

    I am totally mad for this caftan! That print is gorgeous and it’s so, so perfect for end-of-summer revelry. I love it! Also, I completely agree about despise fabrics being hot against the skin in warmer months. I love lawns, but really have to line them for summer, so they don’t lay so close.

  • Fiona
    August 30, 2014

    This is crazily wonderful Sonja! Love that print and it looks so breezy. I’m really intrigued by the pattern, the bodice is just one pattern piece? I might be checking that one out for next summer!

  • Peter
    September 2, 2014

    What a fantastic print and I love that you’re open to a more unusual (for you) silhouette. I bet you could dress this up for evening too and it would look amazing.

  • Goodbye Valentino
    September 13, 2014

    I’ve been away too long – LOVE this look on you!