I'd seen this beautiful silk chiffon at Hancock and I knew that I must own it. I was hesitant at first because silk chiffon is not my favorite fabric to work with and I hadn't a clue as to what I would make with it. So it ended up taking me a few weeks to pull the trigger on that purchase. And I'm glad that I waited: the fabric was originally $19.99/yd. When I bought it, it was on sale for $9/yd!
I knew that I wanted to make something that would allow the fabric to be the star and with minimal seaming. So I decided to make a caftan.
I used New Look 6051. I've had this pattern for a while now and had never gotten around to using it.
I started this project with the intention of it being a quickie. Well, it wasn't exactly. My way of taming the silk chiffon was to use Sullivans' Fabric Stabilizer. I sprayed the fabric and allowed it to flat dry on my cutting table. When it was completely dry, it felt almost paper-like. This made the silk chiffon a lot easier to handle. And since this is silk, I used French seams and narrow hems. Simple, but pretty time consuming nevertheless.
Since my venue for the day was a park, I layered the caftan over a white cami with white shorts and paired with sparkly sneakers for an added touch of casualness.