October 11, 2016

How to make a Kaftan?

Kaftan
A "kaftan" or "caftan" is a type of robe or tunic which has many versions across different cultures around the world. It can be worn with a sash as a coat or an overdress, usually reaching to the ankles, with long sleeves. The kaftan has acquired different styles, purposes and names depending on the various cultures. In many regions where climate is warm, the kaftan is worn as a light-weight, loose-fitting garment. The kaftan has also served as a symbol of royalty in some cultures. Length of kaftan may vary depending on the type of legwear. For example; if it is worn over a denim, you can prefer short length i.e. from shoulder till hip or thigh & if it's worn over a churidaar, then you can have longer length i.e. till knee or below knee. Variety of fabrics like cotton, silk, satin etc. which have good drapability / fall can be used to make a kaftan.

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Measurements required: (in inches)
Length of kaftan
Front Waist length
Front Hip length
Round chest, Round bust, Round waist, Round hip
Round Neck
Front & Back neck depth


Kaftan Pattern
Steps of drafting:
*Make sure that the neck region is near the fabric fold on top. 
0 to 1 = kaftan length + 2" extra for self folding at hem
0 to 2 & 1 to 3 = Full cloth width
0 to 4 = 1/6 Round chest + 1"
4 to 5 = 1/4 Round chest + 1 ½" or as ease desired
0 to 6 = Front waist length
6 to 7 = 1/4 Round waist + 1 ½" or as ease desired
0-12 = Front hip length
12-13 = 1/4 Round hip + 1 ½" or as ease desired
Join 5-7 with a slight curve & 7-13-11 with a slant curve (refer draft)
0 to 8 = 1/6 Round neck + 1/2"
0 to 9 = 3" (back neck). Join 8-9 with a curve.
0 to 10 = 5" (front neck). Join 8-10 with a curve.

Some Tips
- If you are beginner prefer using thin cotton fabric. Length of fabric can be 2.5 meters (this means length of kaftan will be till below knee) and width can be 36" (for Small / Medium size) & 44" (for Large / XL size).
- When preparing the fabric for draft placement & cutting:--
1) If using basic woven cotton material, then straighten the fabric by slightly stretching it diagonally to align the warp & weft at right angle.
2) Iron the fabric always to make it crease free prior to marking / placing the draft over it.
3) If you are a beginner, prefer making the draft on paper and then pin it to fabric.

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