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Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Let's All Make...

...no-sew caftans! The folks over at Make took a break from arduinos, or whatever, to show those of us who are too lazy to pull the sewing machines we do own out of the cedar chests our grandfathers made – because those cedar chests are now coffee tables and there's too many (one) wine glasses on them — how to make a shirt. Cut yours extra long and wear it as a gown! Then go get Meg-over-there's hair. Then do this to it.



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AniaGosia

Yay caftans! A friend gave me one a few months ago and it is so comfy. So great for hanging out on weekend mornings. Plus I like feeling like a glamorous hippie lady as I potter around in my garden.

milenakent

so good..amazing work@n

fondue with cheddar

I was IN LOVE with Mrs. Roper's caftan-and-gaudy-jewelry style as a kid! So fabulous.

raised amongst catalogs

@jen325 That makes two of us, lady!

parallel-lines

There's a delicate period of life where you can get away with wearing a caftan ironically and there's another period where you just have to say "fuck it", admit you're hiding a burrito baby and put on some chunky necklaces and pull a Mrs. Roper.

fondue with cheddar

@parallel-lines I definitely want to be her when I'm an Old.

MrsLlama

I am a HUGE FAN of caftans (not THAT huge *rimshot). I have many. I think my husband is confused by them but come on, they are indeed soooo Mrs Roper fabulous. I also have an actual muu muu that I got in rural Hawaii that is amazing.

tiptoemammal

I'm pretty sure there's an important instruction missing from the first step of that tutorial, involving folding the fabric twice? Unless I'm understanding it wrong. But I didn't see a way to comment there so I'm commenting here.

Ophelia

@tiptoemammal I thought the same thing. I was baffled for a minute, but you're right - you need to fold the fabric in quarters.

NeverOddOrEven

@tiptoemammal Nope, I came down here to see if people were saying the same thing. Those instructions are pretty fucking unclear if you ask me.

werewolfbarmitzvah

I feel like I may be too short to get away with a caftan without looking like it's swallowing me, but it really does seem like the perfect intersection of hippie-lady-glamorous and comfy. My husband is probably going to be filled with woe if I decide to pick up the caftan habit, though!

Here's a zillion-dollar question: CAN YOU WEAR A CAFTAN...TO THE OFFICE?

kapitalk

@werewolfbarmitzvah This is my deepest desire, to wear nothing but my caftans all day every day. However, I feel like I would have felt self-conscious wearing a caftan to my previous job, which had THE laxest approach to office attire ever. Like, I wore a cutoff jean skirt, cutoff jean shorts, semi-see-through t-shirts, and jeggings to work no problem, but I never could bring myself to rock a caftan. But maybe you are bolder. They are sooooo amazingly comfy and glamorous and fun!

heb
heb

Can you belt something like this? Or would that restrict arm movement?

kapitalk

@heb As the proud owner of 4 caftans and one caftan blouse that I am wearing right now, I would say you can totally belt a caftan, but belting a caftan blouse might restrict the arms a little / ruin the line.

heb
heb

@kapitalk Maybe I'm not interested in caftans then. Maybe I'm interested in maxi dresses with long sleeves? I HAVE A VISION IN MY HEAD

AniaGosia

@heb My caftan has a build in drawstring waist that doesn't ruin the line and yet makes it clear that I do, after all, have a waist. It is The Best.

kapitalk

@heb Oh no, I wasn't clear -- you can totally belt the caftan! Just maybe don't belt a blouse that's caftan-like. Don't deprive yourself of the caftan goodness!!

Burly-Q

@heb or if you are making one you can include button holes: http://www.stylelist.com/jennie-taylor/how-to-caftan_b_978684.html

AniaGosia

@Burly-Q I really like that tutorial! Easier than my drawing. Where to find that amazing fabric though?

smartastic

So ... if you use sewing tape instead of actually, like, sewing it, can you wash it?

heb
heb

@smartastic Nope

AniaGosia

@smartastic It's wouldn't be that difficult to actually sew a caftan - and it would totally pay off in later washability. I was thinking about making a winter caftan out of sweatshirt material.

kapitalk

Gosh I just lurve caftans so much (obviously, as I am commenting way too much on this thread). They're what the human body is supposed to exist in! I am the worst at sewing projects but I just might have to attempt this.

AniaGosia

@kapitalk You can do it! Just use a fabric that doesn't need to be hemmed (t-shirt material maybe) and then you only need to sew a few lines:
______ _______
l_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ l
l / \ l
l / \ l
l / \ l
l__/________\___l

that is a ridiculous illustration, but: fold the fabric in half with the seam at the top. Cut out a neck. Sew the inside lines. Done!
That way you can still wash it. And the edges are all flowy.

Ahh! The picture showed up so nicely in the box but now looks even more ridiculous. I will come up with another illustration.

AniaGosia

@kapitalk Ok, here it is. My attempt at an illustration. Sorry about the coffee stain, it was the only sheet of paper that I had with me!

kapitalk

@AniaGosia Ooh! Thanks!

Burly-Q

@AniaGosia love the drawing! but what kind of fabric? cotton?

AniaGosia

@Burly-Q If you want to sew only those inside lines, then use a fabric that won't fray - like Tshirt fabric (cotton jersey). Or you could find a cool vintage bed sheet that's already hemmed, but you'd have to hem the neckline. If you don't mind hemming the edges, then anything goes! You want a fabric that's as wide as the 'seam' part of the picture (which I should have called the fold!) - that way you can just measure from your shoulders to the desired length and get twice as much (b/c you're folding it in half).

Sella Turcica

@AniaGosia I love the sheet idea. I think I'd rather sew, just to save on cleaning later. I cannot drink a cup of coffee to save my life and as fabulous as a leopard print caftan would be, I wanted flowers or a blue and white batik-y print. Or I could just beg the use of a friend's serger. There is always that.

limnupon

Can we just talk about how much Meg Allan Cole is so freakin' awesome for a second? I have made/wanted to make so much neat stuff thanks to her, and even though my textured tissue paper lantern has been only half-finished for about a year, now, I will eventually finish it, and it will look fantastic.

Also, I plan on making this out of giant scarves,and accessorizing with more scarves. I will be Scarf Lady, shrouded in mystery, and patchouli oil. Yes.

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