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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
What’s on your sewing table?