Oh Kaftan! My Kaftan! Vol. 2

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My eyes were immediately drawn to this very loud Kaftan when I saw it at my favorite $1 thrift store.

It's actually quite comfy!

I just knew it would make a cute little summer dress.  I just needed to remove everything that wasn’t a cute little summer dress first.  :)

The kaftan was made of thick cotton, with a strong metal zipper in the back.  As today was a lovely 75 degrees, some of that fabric was gonna have to go.

Removing the undesirables

I stashed the sleeves and the bottom fabric in my scrap drawer.  I’m sure they’ll be coming back soon!  :)

I put the kaftan on me and pinned at my bust, waist, and hips where I wanted it to be taken in.  Since this kaftan has a zipper in the back, I was able to take it in a good bit to make it nice and fitted (unlike this kaftan refashion, where the garment in question had no back zipper, so I had to leave it big enough to put on over my head).  I took it off, and used my sewing gauge to make sure both sides were being taken in evenly.  I pinned down both sides and ran them through my machine, then trimmed off the excess fabric with my pinking shears.


I pinned the fray-happy bottom of the dress under, as well as the arm holes, tucking the raw edges under.

the hem
the arm hole from the inside
the arm hole from the outside

I ran all of this under my machine, already getting excited about the awesome dress in the making!

A nice view of my engagement bling. :)

After a quick press of the seams and hems, I was all set for a potluck Oscar night! 

My fave refashion so far!

I made Silence of the Lambs Souvlakia (don’t worry…it was just lamb.  Cannibalism is frowned upon amongst my group of friends).  Others made True Grits, Shepherds Pie (for The King’s Speech), dark chocolate ice cream with white chocolate chips (for Black Swan), and the like.  It was all amaaaazing!

Pre-Oscar Happiness!
on the red carpet!
Closeup of that fabu neckline!


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