Diy tutorial: swim dress cover-up

DIY Kaftan Dress / Cover Up


Kaftan dresses are comfortable and  very feminine. They are perfect as summer dresses, and keeping one in your dance bag is a great idea because diy tutorial: swim dress cover-up it can be used as a cover up before and after dance performance.


In this video, you’ll see how to make this really easy kaftan dress. So let’s get started! 😀



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To make this simple kaftan dress / cover up, you need:


Lightweight, flowy fabric – It can be light knit, chiffon or anything that drapes nicely. You need about 3m (3.3yd) of this.

Sewing tools



How to Make a Kaftan Dress / Cover Up


First, stand in front of a mirror with your fabric. Fold the fabric wrong sides together, hold it up against your body and see how long you want your dress to be. Hold the fold, and lay the fabric on the floor, and cut the excess fabric.


Next, fold the fabric in half lengthwise, and mark the corner, which is the centre point on the fold. From there, measure and mark 15cm or 6in on either side of the centre point with pins.


Mark neck line for Kaftan dress


Unfold the fabric and cut along the fold to connect the 2 points.


Cut neckline for Caftan dress


At this point, try it on to make sure the head hole is large enough, and take it to your sewing machine and finish all raw edges by however way you like. I’m practicing using a hemmer foot, so that’s what I used. If you are patient, you can do a rolled hem all the way around, or you can do a zigzag stitch or if you have a serger, use your serger.


Back on the floor, fold it wrong sides together again, and measure about 40cm or 16in from the fold and from the side edge and mark the point with a pin. From there, measure 40cm or 16in down to the bottom, and make a line. Do the same for the other side.


Stitch Lines and Button Holes for DIY Kaftan Dress


Now all you need to do is sew down along the lines using a straight stitch.  😀


This is optional, but if you want to wear a belt or a tie around your waist area, mark the width of your belt at the top of the lines you just sewed, and we’ll make button holes there.


For the buttonholes, you can make them without a special foot. Simply decide how big you want the hole to be, and draw a line. Then, go around it with a narrow zigzag stitch with the stitch length very close to 0. Try not to sew over the line, just go around it. And simply cut along the line without ripping the stitches.


Button Hole for Caftan Dress DIY


If you want to make a matching tie, cut a long strip out of the leftover fabric. I used the whole width of the fabric, and made it about 5cm or 2in wide, and sewed a tube right sides together with a 5mm or 1/4in seam allowance. Turn the tube inside out, and stitch the ends shut.


If you want to know how to turn fabric tubes quickly, here is my post on tube turning 🙂


And that’s it! You can wear it over your costume with or without a belt, or you can even wear it as a dress or beach cover up this summer. 😀


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