Who doesn't want a comfy dress?
Caftans can be super easy to make. My tutorial Caftan: The Easy Way shows you have to make a caftan that is perfect if you only plan on wearing it a few times or as a beach outfit. Were you looking to make a caftan that would be little more lasting? Then this is the tutorial for you. If you want a caftan that will last you until caftans go back out of style (and maybe come back in to style again), you just need to add a few extra steps.
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Measure the amount of fabric you will need. Measure from your shoulder to the length you want you caftan to be (mini, knee length, maxi). Double this number. This is the amount of fabric you need to buy. Remember, fabric stores sell fabric by yards. A yard is 36", so convert to yards before going to your local fabric store.
Measure how wide you want your dress to be. Fabric is sold in predetermined widths, so you cannot ask the fabric store to do this cut. Going across you shoulders measure how long you want the sleeves of your caftan to be.
Cut the neck hole. Fold your fabric in half so that it is the length your caftan is going to be. Find the center of your fabric and cut a neck hole. If you want a crew neck or boat neck, cut a circle/semi circle to the width you want it. If you want a V-neck, cut an ice cream cone shape (v in the front, slight semi circle in the back) or cut in V in both the front and back.
Measure where you want the arm holes. Put your "caftan" on over your head. Hold your arms straight out and have someone pin where you want your arms holes to begin. Make sure these are in the same place on both sides. Caftans are meant to be loose fitting, so do not pin the fabric so it is tightly against your arm.
Turn your fabric right side (pattern side) out.