A Blue and White Summer Caftan

Jenny Caftan Front View 3

Look, friends!  Color!  Haha

Contrary to what one might think scrolling through my past posts for Cali Fabrics, I love color and am a particular sucker for blue and white prints.  For me, it’s a combination that’s easily wearable year-round, can be dressed up or down, and evokes memories of east-coast summers.  So, I’m sure it’s not hard to imagine how quickly this print jumped in my cart!  Isn’t it amazing?!  It looks to me like a Rorschach print, but that may be my psychology studies talking. (If you’re curious, I mostly see things resembling butterflies. My fiancé, however, found Batman haha).

Psychoanalysis aside, there’s no denying I love this fabric and my new caftan!  I used Closet Case Files’ new Charlie Caftan pattern upon recommendation from a friend on Instagram.  I needed a pattern that would showcase this gorgeous, large-scale print and I think this one works very well.  The print is definitely the focus, but the subtle sculptural shape with the skirt pleats add a little something extra, I think, worthy of a Milly fabric.  Oh yeah, did I mention this was a Milly overstock?! Who doesn’t love designer fabrics?!

Being a high-quality cotton, the fabric was very easy to work with, which was essential for the precision needed to construct the front of this dress.  (Though, if you’re making this dress, I recommend taking Heather’s suggestion to interface the edges of the welt-like insert.)  Even print-matching across the center front seam was effortless because the fabric stayed exactly where I wanted it to with minimal pinning. Normally, I don’t think I would have paired a cotton with a caftan, but this one is opaque enough to not need a lining, yet it’s very lightweight and the hand is soft enough to not affect the comfort or add any unwanted pounds. Essential elements for a caftan and essential for a summer dress in general.  I don’t know about you, but I hate wearing double-layers in anything over 80F. In fact, when we took these photos, it was over 90F and I was fairly cool and comfortable.  And, unlike a rayon I would have normally gone for for a dress like this, the cotton was able to hold the pleats without interfacing or other reinforcement, highlighting the awesome shape Heather designed into this view of the pattern.  It really is the perfect combination for an interesting, casual summer dress.

Now, can someone please point me to the nearest beach? 😀

Check out the other cotton sateens available here.  More photos and pattern details to come on my blog.

Jenny Caftan Side View 2

Jenny Caftan Back View 1Jenny Caftan Front View

Jennifer M, from Jenny Maker

Hi! I’m Jennifer, or Jenny if you’d like, and I blog at Jenny Homemaker. I currently reside in Atlanta with my fiancé/sounding-board/photographer, Brandon, and fur baby/supervisor/photobomber, CoCo.

I started sewing in 2009 after a long-distance move, when it became clear I needed a new hobby. I was fearless, choosing a fully-lined, polyester satin, bubble-hem party dress as my first garment. As you might expect, it was a bit of a disaster and was never worn (we dubbed it the “shiny trash bag” dress), but I saw potential in the idea of sewing my own dresses and didn’t hesitate to jump back in.

What started as a way to pass the time has turned into one of the things I’m most passionate about! I’m well on my way to having a fully handmade wardrobe, sewing everything from lounge clothes to silk dresses! When I’m not sewing, I’m learning. When I’m not learning, I’m planning.

Since fabric is such a great part of sewing (sometimes the best part, right!?), I’m really looking forward to being a part of the Cali Fabrics team, sharing some amazing fabrics and helpful tips with you!

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2 thoughts on “A Blue and White Summer Caftan”

  1. It is Rorschach! I love your fabric too and I think yours is one of the nicest Charlies I’ve seen with that dark blue placket and tie around to the back to highlight it’s shape. Beautiful!

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