I was given this lovely caftan by my friend Julia, proprietor at Basya Berkman Vintage Fashions. When she's scouting out fun vintage outfits, she sometimes finds things she thinks I'll probably like. She is nearly always spot on correct! It's like having my own personal shopper.
This caftan has lots for me to like. For one, I always love woven plaids. I love to explore the subtle color variations as the stripes of colors cross and interweave. I also like all the embroidered details. And in this incredibly hot, hot summer, I've taken to wearing dresses all the time - so much cooler even than shorts.
But there's just one problem. You'll notice the long straight shape of the caftan. But I am not a long straight shaped woman. It fit my shoulders and bust just fine, but it barely managed to span my hips and belly, with much pulling and buckling of fabric.
The other day, while looking through my fabrics to find things for a quilt repair job, I came across this great stripe. The colors couldn't be more perfect!!!! And it's a woven, not printed, stripe, to boot.
As I turned the caftan inside out to start the reconstruction process, I discovered that the embroidery had been backed with newsprint as a stabilizer.
Here's the section with the most paper showing, and a close up. I wonder what language this is.
I thought I'd find an easy answer by checking the label, but..........
So if anyone out there knows what language this is, and where my new caftan is from, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks!
So I went back to the sewing part of the project. After figuring out how much extra width I needed at the hips, I cut long triangles from the striped fabric. I opened up the side seams and the sleeve seams at the armpits, and inserted the triangles.
Here's the finished look, nice and roomy and swishy: