Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby Grok » Thu May 08, 2014 5:14 pm

I finished my caftan, which I think of as a "poncho" style. Very comfortable as lounge wear, very airy but with a silky feel. Sewed it by hand-note, my sewing skill is just adequate to sew buttons back onto a shirt, I simply went in a (more or less) straight line with my primitive stitching.

These caftans are simple enough that even I can make one.

Simple enough to bypass the chicken or egg dilemma.

What supplies are needed? Besides the fabric: scissors, thread, needles, pins. Tape measure. Print out of the instructions.


These poncho style caftans have a lot of potential as lounge wear-a comfy addition to one's soft clothes.
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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby crfriend » Thu May 08, 2014 9:37 pm

Grok wrote:I finished my caftan, which I think of as a "poncho" style. Very comfortable as lounge wear, very airy but with a silky feel. Sewed it by hand-note, my sewing skill is just adequate to sew buttons back onto a shirt, I simply went in a (more or less) straight line with my primitive stitching.

Congratulations, Grok. One must always start somewhere, and an early success will go a long way towards encouraging one to learn more!
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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby Grok » Thu May 08, 2014 10:11 pm

Thank you crfriend. :) Now I can recommend a (poncho style) caftan as a beginner's project to somebody else.

BTW, this is the only garment I have where the fabric feels silky, an advantage of a DIY project. Airy and silky in particular is an interesting combination.
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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby Grok » Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:14 pm

I am following up on the topic of poncho style caftans. In another thread I mentioned one that I had ordered. The garment is made of cotton, and oddly enough feels uncomfortable in shoulders/arms....it is stiff in an area where it feels awkward. The one I made is too soft to feel stiff. So what works is a very soft fabric. Which implies something worn at home, as lounge wear.

I regard this type of garment as a sort of early opportunity. Easily assembled as a DIY project, with meager sewing skills. Even a crudely made garment is very comfortable. And dress codes are not relevant, as this design is likely to be worn at home.
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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby Grok » Thu May 12, 2016 3:32 pm

Follow up to previous comments.

The most basic sewing skill is to sew a button back onto a shirt by hand. I believe that there are tutorials online. Sewing by hand is slow, but allows you to experiment without investing in a sewing machine.

Stores that specialize in sewing supplies.... The fabrics sold are diverse in color. If you are willing to make your own garment, you can actually have bright colors. And as I posted, a garment with a silky texture.

The fabric is sold in rectangular sections, from rolls (bolts) of fabric.
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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby rick401r » Thu May 12, 2016 8:39 pm

I have been thinking lately about making a great kilt Also known as the “breacan an fheilidh” or “feile mor”.) I know that traditionally a great kilt is merely a length of fabric, hand pleated then belted in place. My thoughts are to sew the pleats and maybe a couple of belt loops just because I'm too lazy to prepare the kilt by hand.
With the great kilt you have, of course, the kilt but also something akin to a robe/cloak. You can also create a pouch to carry any items you need. (cash, ID, cellphone, etc.)
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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby Couya » Fri May 13, 2016 9:48 am

rick401r wrote:I have been thinking lately about making a great kilt


I would not bother.
Some years ago, I bought a length of beautiful tartan cloth and tried to wear it as a faile mor (having folded the pleats on the floor, lain down and belted it all in place; then tried to find the best way to drape and fix all the surplus cloth). It was much admired, but invariably by the end of the evening it had slipped and moved and just looked a mess. My wife sewed the pleats in for me so that I could put it on easily like a modern kilt with a belt, and we cut away some of the surplus material so that there was less cloth and less weight to fix to the shoulder. It stayed in place, but I found that the garment did not protect me from the cold outdoors, and became too hot when any exercise was involved.
In the end, I unsewed the pleats and had it made up into a normal modern kilt, with enough cloth over for a jacket for my wife and a long scarf for me.
I can see no advantages to the feile mor, whatever they wore in Hollywood films.
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Re: Patterns: Robes, Cloaks....

Postby Big and Bashful » Fri May 13, 2016 9:58 pm

I suppose you could have the material divided, part for a pleated garment like a modern kilt, the rest as a sort of tartan throw/sash/cloth thing to throw over the shoulder to look like the other half of a great kilt. but why?
I must admit, I have had a hankering for a great kilt for years, but I know how heavy and expensive my 12 yard kilt is, skirts of most styles make more sense than the wrapping of a large pleated tartan woollen blanket around one's torso!
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