Sew a Poolside Kaftan: £50

Friday 6th July – 10-2.30

Get ready for Summer by sewing your own simple Kaftan. Use it as the perfect swimwear cover-up, or just wear it to float around your home and garden in a serene and bohemian way!

At it’s heart, the Kaftan is essentially a giant folded and hemmed piece of fabric, with a hole of some kind for your head. As such, there are a few ‘no-pattern’ DIY tutorials out there on the web.

What sets this Kaftan apart from all the rest, is that while there is no main pattern (you can make this easily to suit any size using two simple measurements), I have drafted a pattern for a chic neckline facing, which really gives a polished look to an otherwise simple garment.

To attend this workshop you will need to have some sewing experience, but dressmaking experience is not necessary. The most challenging aspect of the whole project is working with a large piece of fabric.

Although simple, you will be using some classic dressmaking skills:

  • Cutting on the straight grain
  • Pressing and sewing double-turned hems
  • Using interfacing
  • Sewing a neckline facing, including under-stitching
  • Making your own waist tie
  • Sewing button-holes

You will need to bring 2 metres of fabric. If your fabric measures 150cms wide, this will include enough for the neckline facing and waist ties. If your fabric is narrower, for example many fabrics are around 115cm wide, you will need 2.5m if you wish to sew the facing and waist ties in the same fabric. Alternatively you can bring 2m of narrow fabric along with half a metre of another fabric for a contrast waist tie and facing. You need to wash and dry your fabric before sewing to ensure that the finished item will be machine washable.

This class, as with all dressmaking workshops, will be limited to just 3 spaces to ensure ample space for preparing large amounts of fabric.

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Kaftan sewing workshop


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