Each year, heading into the festive season, I make myself a party dress. One new dress that I can wear to all the Christmas parties, break-up parties and wear on Christmas day itself. This year, most of these events were by a pool, at the beach or by a river. So instead of a fancy party dress, I sewed up a beach kaftan.
I used Vogue 8595, which I already owned as my starting point. I redrafted both the neckline and hemline so it was more kaftan-like. I also added tabs to hold the rolled-up sleeves in place. I wanted the kaftan to be very flowy and cool so I cut out a much larger size - probably too large really.
The fabric was a cotton/silk voile from Emma One Sock. I didn't buy quite enough (forgot to allow for the sleeves) so it was an absolute bugger to match the stripes. I did manage in the end, but there is the odd join here and there on the sleeves, hemline and hem facing.
I wore this kaftan a heap over the summer school holidays. As planned, I even wore it on Christmas day. The day started out with a swim at Noosa Beach and continued on with cocktails by my sister's pool. No daggy towel wrapped around the waist for me!
Christmas Day 2014
Noosa Beach with my sister Emily
Is that my new Cuisinart Blending system in the big box? Yes indeedy!