Make a Gauzy Cotton Caftan
This summer, make a fashion statement on the beach with this extra to the article "Under Cover" found in SewStylish Summer Fashion 2011 on newsstands now. It's easy to design and create fun cover-ups you'll love to wear based on a basic T-shirt pattern.
We started with Simplicity SewStylish 2190, made simple changes to the pattern view C, and added fun and decorative details. Add length and width to the pattern to make a flowy, ankle-length caftan. The deep slit neckline is highlighted with decorative stitches and a tie closure.
Alter the Pattern
1) Lengthen the T-shirt into a caftan. Measure from your upper shoulder point to the desired caftan length. Extend the pattern to the new length, plus hem allowance. This design is 53 inches long.
2) Add width to the body. On the pattern front, draw an angled line from the underarm to the hem. Angle the line to be a few inches away from the side seam at the hem. Draw a second line extending horizontally from the underarm a few inches and then down vertically to the hem. Cut along the lines and spread the pattern pieces apart. Determine the total extra width you wish to add to the garment. Each slash represents 1/8 of the added width. (The garment front and back each have 4 slashes.) For the design shown, we added 24 inches to the garment circumference at the hem (3 inches in each slash).