Emma — Maxi Kaftan Sewing Pattern (Free PDF)

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Master the art of vacation style with our new sewing pattern - the Maxi Kaftan! This chic kaftan dress includes a built-up deep V-neckline and an inverted pleat in the front and back for added volume while maintaining an elongated, slim silhouette. Wear it with a detachable belt to define your waist or loose for a comfortable and breezy look.

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Type: PDF Pattern
Skill Level: Beginner
Design Variations: 1
Sizes: 0/2 to 12/14, 16/18 to 28/30
Illustrations: Yes
Instructions: Yes

Qty: Digital Download

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Customer Questions and Answers

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Unflattering, confusing neck point

For something with a lovely drop shoulder sleeve and reverse pleat details, I expected this kaftan to be a lot more flattering than it is. The v neck was also very confusing to sew because the point of the v was not marked on the pattern, so when I followed the 3/8" seam allowance and turned on the midpoint, I ended up with a V neck that went most of the way down to my bellybutton! Being a bit short did not help my case. In the end, my efforts cutting, facing, and assembling this kaftan resulted in something that fit and looked far worse than a kaftan made of a rectangle with a head hole and side seams.

Flora • March 17, 2023
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very easy, thank you

very easy, thank you

Marinels • August 12, 2018

Here is what I could capture in a selfie of the long Emma kaftan I am wearing in IL019 mid weight black linen. This was fun to make, neckline was cut too low for my taste so I sewed in a little placket. I also didn't make the side slits as high. At my age the more skin covered up the happier society is! I am wearing a long sleeve tunic under for warmth., I would make this again in a color this time.

Lisa • December 4, 2021
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