1 Hour DIY Caftan Tutorial for Spring

By: Lisa Mecham from
1 Hour DIY Caftan Tutorial for Spring
1 Hour DIY Caftan Tutorial for Spring

"Caftans are those flowy, beach dresses that always look to elegant and chic but also are sooooooo incredibly comfortable. You can either wear this dress belted to define your waistline or wear it like an uber-comfortable dress. No joke- this dress is perfect for every hot summer day when you’re not sure what to wear or those days when you want to look put together but have absolutely zero motivation. It’s the perfect go-to piece to have on hand. This super simple project takes less than an hour to complete and doesn’t require a pattern whatsoever. The best part? I’ve even created an easy-to-follow video to walk you through each step!"

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byMachine



  1. Start out by folding your fabric in half (hamburger style) and laying it out flat on a table. Fold it again (hot-dog style) to find the center front of your dress.

  2. Next, cut 5″ from the center front to define your neckline. Then, use a ruler and tailors chalk to create a perfect line towards the center fold to make the “V” at the front of your neckline.

  3. Use tailors chalk to mark the side seams. Do this by measuring 6″ out from your neckline and creating a line that travels all the way to the bottom of your sheet of fabric. secure the fabric in place for sewing with dressmaker pins (sewing needles)

  4. Sew over the marked chalk lines using a straight stitch on your basic sewing machine.

  5. To finish the neckline of your diy caftan, make a small, half inch clip in the center of the “v” of your neck and fold a 1/2″ seam allowance under all the way around your neck. Sew the neckline into place.

  6. Cut a curved line along the bottom of your fabric to accentuate a flattering drape. (Scroll down to see an example photo.)

  7. Finally, if you’d like to belt your caftan, sew two small buttonholes on either side of the seams at your waist. Slide a sash or small strip of fabric through and tie.

  8. You are done! If you’d like to hem the bottom, do this now. Otherwise, leave the edges raw. I chose to use a Serger to give my diy caftan a quick, rolled hem all the way around.

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