DIY, How I Wore It, sewing

The Knit Caftan Dress – S8911

Hey Guys,

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Today’s make: Simplicity 8911 is a real gem. This may be the best dress I’ve ever made to date….SERIOUSLY.Not only was it easy to make, I feel like it’s super comfortable and flattering to my bodyshape.

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I was initially going to make this in a different knit fabric but I soon realized when I went to cut it out that It wasn’t the correct width, in fact it was not even the correct type of knit.My original fabric had a two-way stretch and not the 4 way stretch that the pattern called for.After searching through my stash I came up with this black and buttery soft 4 way stretch piece that had just the right number of yards requested on the pattern.

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I’ll admit that I was not overjoyed about making a black long sleeve summer dress but at the time it was all that I had that would work.The fact that it was black and long sleeve bothered me so much that I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about it…..and then the thought occured to me that I could possibly convert it into a strapless and halter style just by manipulating the sleeves. And there you have it.

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Strapless

I cinched the sleeves together with a black covered rubberband and twisted and tucked each one.

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Halter

I simply turned the dress around to the back and tied the sleeves around my neck.A different variation, can be done by leaving the V-Neck in front and crossing the sleeves over one another and tying around the neck. This creates a keyhole halter effect. I had planned to show this one but forgot about it when we started taking pictures.

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Off Shoulder/V-Neck/Bateau

Off Shoulder was simple. It can be done with the V-neck side in front or with the dress turned backwards.

The dress turned backwards creates a bateau like neckline.

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This is such an awesome dress with so many styling possibilities. It’s great for kicking around the house and so much more.

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I am definitely planning to add more of these to my wardrobe.

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Pattern Review

Pattern Sizing: I made a small in view C.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s quick and easy. Only two pieces.

Fabric Used: 4 way stretch jersey.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I cut the back on the fold because I planned to wear the back as the front. I like the way it looks without the seam.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? yes & yes.

Conclusion: I really love this dress. I was able to style it so many different ways.

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