One of the best things about sewing is that nobody has the same article of clothing anywhere. I recently bought a cheap little coverup because I was lazy. It was a week later when I saw someone else wearing the same thing. Really, it's not that big of a deal, but I wanted to burn my cheap coverup and crawl into a hole. It was probably the same week when Toni, of Make it Perfect, asked if I would review her Shearwater Kaftan pattern.
Perfect timing! And she also a children's version, to which Olive was the recipient.I didn't make any adjustments other than two small ones. I thought it might be fun to have a little color peeking out from the facing. THEN I thought it would be even better if the facing was on the front. Now you know how I work. I just make things up as a I go along, usually without a specific plan. ;) I modified the shape of the facing to mimic the pattern of my fabric (a batik which I think came from fabric.com) and added a bit of interfacing.
Mark the center where you will be sewing and pin the RIGHT side of the facing to the WRONG side of the fabric. When I flipped it to the right side after sewing, I liked how the facing pulled a bit of the shirt fabric to look like piping, so I left it that way.
To finish it off, I did a satin stitch. To finish it even more, I did a triple stitch (not shown here, but it's the stitch where the machine takes two stitches forward and then to backward and two forward again). I also added some bands to the sleeves because I have monkey arms and they were too short. The fit is very generous and SO comfortable.Olive's favorite color is yellow, so I did her facing in a bright yellow, the batik fabric also came from fabric.com.
They would also be cute with jeans or leggings (or jeggings! ;) Or you could lengthen it for a fun summer dress.
Toni has all sorts of patterns that you'll want to check out. Oh. And today I'm halfway to 70 years old. I bought myself a cheap hat, expensive perfume and a fake leather skirt. Wahoo!