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High Fashion Open and Belted Caftan
Alpinebixby
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Date: 11/29/11 6:21 PM

I love this caftan by Escada. I cannot find a pattern for it.

How do you think the belting works? Is it like the shirts I saw a few years ago (I am not sure how they worked) but it was like the belt came through the arms and did not go around the back--at least not on the outside--maybe there is a belt loop inside on the back panel and then comes through holes under the arms to belt in the front?

I hope the link goes to the photo. If not at Neiman Marcus, type in Striped Caftan--the Escada one in blue and white.

What are the other features that you notice on this piece--longer on the sides by the ankle?

Escada Striped Caftan

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Date: 11/30/11 4:32 PM

It looks quite similar to this McCalls pattern.

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Date: 11/30/11 6:24 PM

Love that!

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Date: 12/1/11 8:11 AM

Enjoyed seeing this,I also clicked on the $1995 Michael Kors caftan that was in the sidebar. For some reason I have been daydreaming about caftans so I liked seeing the pricey ones.

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Date: 12/1/11 3:41 PM

I think it looks like just a large rectangle, folded in half or seamed at the shoulders, then a head hole cut out with a slit in it. Then I think they just sewed it up in a straight line, maybe about a foot or 18 inches in from both sides of it, up from the ground to above the waist, but not so high it would be tight under the arms at all. Then I think they just stuck some large button holes through it there, or maybe some faced slits, and just ran the belt though that. It is hard to tell from just looking at a picture, but that's what it looks like to me. I think it's rectangular with no shaping or curves at all, and just a belt to draw it in.

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Date: 12/1/11 3:56 PM

I think the only reason it looks longer on the sides of it, or looks hanging down there longer, is just because there is no body in it, more supporting it, the same way, in those parts. So I think if the model undid and took of the blet, and just stood straight, with her arms stretched directly to the sides of her, out at shoulder level to the sides, at that point you would just see a huge rectangle with straight edges, and then even having her arms stretched out just that way, and then supporting all the rest of the fabric that way, would make bottom side hem edges of it, straight all the way across. They probably have no reason to photo it that way though, as people don't normally walk around like that, and that would not be the "most attractive" view of it, and probably not help sales of it all that much.

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Date: 12/1/11 4:48 PM

How to Sew a Simple Caftan
Weekend Designer, Caftan

What makes the Escada caftan a bit more interesting is the way they have used the striped fabric. They've pieced together 3 pieces of striped fabric so that the stripes run across (side-to-side) on the "bodice" or upper-body portion of the caftan. On the lower-body (waist down) portion, the stripes run up and down. The drapey silk fabric also contributes to the "look". A less fluid fabric would look a bit different. Still, the basic shape is not much different than the two samples above.

McCalls 5855 is very close. I imagine you could move the drawstring waist down a bit, if you want the waist lower.

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Date: 12/4/11 6:18 PM

Beauturbo, I had a RTW one made just like this a year or two ago, in fact it looked like two large square scarfs joined together at the shoulders with the neck edged turned and stiched and then the rest as you describe.

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Date: 12/5/11 6:36 PM

Looks like a variation of the Bog Coat.

It looks a lot like diagram C on the bottom of page 6, except the bottom of the coat is a separate piece, to get the stripes going in two different directions.

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Date: 12/13/11 11:53 AM

Thanks everyone! Great links and information.

I wish Neiman's would allow you to print the large photo or save the photos of their clothes for reference.

Oh, regarding the belt: I think the belt loop/holes are only in the front panel, then the belt goes inside the garment, around the back of the body and out the other side. Are there loops on the inside of the back panel to hold the belt to the back piece of fabric?
-- Edited on 12/13/11 11:57 AM --

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