shearwater kaftan… take 5?

I’m not exactly sure how many times I’ve made this shirt… quite a few I guess, since I can’t remember. (I guess that shows you how much I like it!) Those I made last year are a bit snug in the chest region, so I made the next size up and it’s just perfect!

I made it out of this lovely hydrangea print from the Cut Out and Keep collection by Heather Moore for Cloud 9 (purchased here). I love this print, and it turns out, so does Max. He’s quite mesmerized when I wear it.

And this time I learned my lesson and followed the pattern exactly as it was written. (And you should, because Toni has really written a great pattern!) My only change was to make the sleeves about an inch longer, and that’s only because I have a thing for long sleeves. I used Anna Maria’s solid voile in froth for the binding around the neck.

I even took the time to add the sleeve pick-ups, and I’m so glad I did. It’s really nice to be able to roll up and button the sleeves. I hate to admit it, but I don’t even know how to make buttonholes on my sewing machine, so I did have to bring this over to Phiona to have her make them for me. I should really learn all the features of my machine, eh? (Though why, when I have great friends who already know how!)

I’m quite tempted to make one more of these kaftans, though I don’t know if it’s because I really need one, or if it’s to avoid making quilt backs. I have quite a few quilts that need backings, and I’m definitely finding everything else to do other than make them. Someone please encourage me to get on that!

The Shearwater Kaftan pattern can be purchased at Pink Chalk Fabrics or at Nido.

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