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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27 Responses to shearwater kaftan… take 5?

  1. 1
    Kelly O. says:

    that is lovely fabric! I may have to pick some of that up!
    I avoided a quilt back for almost a year and then in one afternoon got it on and quilted it and my word! why did I waste all that time avoiding it!!! crazy what we do eh?
    good luck with your quilts–you know you’ll feel better if you get to them :0)

  2. 2
    Kerstin says:

    I am the same, if I like a pattern, I make it over and over again. There are about a dozen Summer Blouses from Heather Ross’ book Weekend Sewing in my closet…

  3. 3
    Kar says:

    The shirt turned out great! The fabric is very pretty. I say make more. πŸ™‚ And could you get going on those quilt backs. You will be glad you did. πŸ™‚

  4. 4
    Toni Coward says:

    yeah! good on you ashley – i love the colours in this one.
    glad you like the sleeve tabs too, i prefer wearing mine rolled up πŸ™‚
    happy summer!

  5. 5

    I’m lazy about making quilt backs, likely why they all look the same. I’ll trade fabric for someone to do buttonholes any day.

    I didn’t fit into any of my shirts in the chest region after baby and was so skinny my family use to tease me that I was like eggs on a toothpick.

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    Jennifer says:

    Love the fabrc and the pattern, great job! Ah… procrastinate a little longer and make another shirt! πŸ™‚ I’m an enabler. LOL!

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    CJ says:

    Sorry, much as I love your quilts, I can’t encourage you do to anything but cuddle that baby. Quilt backs can wait. Keep giving us pictures of Max and we’ll keep reading. πŸ™‚ This is a good chance for me to check out your archives, anyway!

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    Sequana says:

    That looks just wonderful on you. I just purchased some of that collection, so I recognized your fabric right away; now I’m really glad I have it.

    I find the hardest thing about buttonholes is the slitting them open after they’re all stitched. It’s so tough not to clip a stitch or two, no matter what you use for the cutting.

  9. 10
    Linda says:

    Well, not only do I have quilt backs to do, but I have the fabric to make three blouses, and some more on the way from Jackie at Canton Village! Maybe we can meet in the middle of the country and work on both together….8-) You look great, and I can’t believe how big Max is getting. I found that my babies were mesmerized by my glasses. Of course, they always like to gaze into mommy’s face while they’re nursing. Keep up the good work on Max and the sewing!! Kisses and hugs to Max from me.

  10. 11
    felicity says:

    Ha, yeah that “chestal region” isn’t quite the same post-baby. I *will* make myself one of these caftans this summer.

  11. 13

    Your new shirt looks great! Looks like Felicity and I will be buying the pattern. I have to try some clothes and Anna (Noodlehead) has put the challenge to us to try something new. No time like the present and this top looks manageable (and, I even took the buttonhole lesson when I bought my machine, so I’m all set!).

  12. 14
    Liz says:

    I have been loving all your Kaftans! I didn’t know Nido had the pattern….I just may have to venture up to Burlington this week! ooo My Mom will be here visiting, so maybe I might even be able to convince her to watch the kids while I sew πŸ™‚

  13. 15
    Annalia says:

    You are a hardcore kaftan addict!

  14. 16
    Kelsey says:

    How does this shirt differ from the Heather Ross shirt in her weekend sewing book? I ask b/c I have that book but I haven’t made the shirt from it & I love this shirt on you!

    • 17
      ashley says:

      I’ve made both and I’d have to say that I think the Kaftan was easier to sew together (for me anyway!). I like the way the sleeves are sewn in the Kaftan pattern better. Also, I had to make some modifications (esp. in length) to make the HR shirt fit how I wanted it. That being said, if I recall, the HR shirt does have bust darts, whereas the Kaftan does not, so if you’re looking for a more tailored fit, that might be something to consider…

  15. 19
    Paige says:

    Cute. I love the fabric and the pattern! Now, get on those quilt backs!

  16. 20
    sarah says:

    Please make more quilt backs; I love your quilts. I love the shirts too. (I only need more time to sew.) You do great work!!

  17. 21
    Brenda says:

    The shirt looks great! I would keep cuddling little Max. Quilt backs can wait. Little boys grow up in an awful hurry! That being said, I do love seeing your finished quilts! Perhaps hubby will have to cuddle Max so you can get your backs done!

  18. 22
    Suzanne says:

    How perfect for this summer season.

  19. 23
    Andrea says:

    Do you think I could easily modify the pattern to make it a 1x or a 2x? It looks like the exact pattern I’ve been looking for, but it’s too small for me as is.

  20. 24
    Jennifer says:

    For the past week, I’ve been waffling between Heather Ross’s summer blouse and Make It Perfect’s kaftan. Today, I checked out both in the flickr pools for commentary, and you’ve made both! Thanks for providing feedback! I have heard one too many times that adjustments are preferred on the summer blouse. It will be the shearwater kaftan for me! Extra happy since you say here that it’s best to follow the pattern as written, give or take length. Fabulous!
    (I love your accessorizing, by the way. He is beautiful!)

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