Shearwater Kaftan by Make It Perfect

A loose-fitting kaftan with sleeve tabs and a front placket detail.

Pattern: Shearwater Kaftan
Designer: Make It Perfect
Categories: Tunics
Difficulty: Beginner
Recommended Fabrics: Chambray, Double Gauze, Gauze, Georgette, Lawn, Linen, Rayon, Voile
required fabric: 2 to 23/4 yards
Sizes: XS - XL
Digital Sewing Pattern$8.23
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When you need the perfect swim suit coverup, look no further than the Shearwater Kaftan sewing pattern by Make It Perfect. This Aussie designer has included a lovely front placket feature and button tab sleeves so that this breezy top is perfect for summer days at the beach. Sew yours up in a breezy rayon challis and throw it over your favorite swimming suit for an effortless look. Or pair it with your favorite skinny jeans and this top will transition well into fall.

The kaftan shown above was sewn in fabric designed by Indiesew co-founder Allie Olson. The fabric can be purchased from Spoonflower here.

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Pattern Details

Intended Paper Size: A4 (21cm x 29.7cm)
Number of Files Included: 1
Total Number of Pages: 24
Copy Shop Version Included: No
Pattern uses layers to select size: No

Pattern Size Chart (inches)

Waist27 1/230 1/2333537 1/2

Fabric Required (yards)

Main Fabric (44" Wide)2222 3/42 3/4

Recommended Fabrics

Required Sewing Techniques

Required Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Pins
  • Measuring Tape
  • Fabric Scissors

Optional Tools

  • Serger
  • Seam Gauge

Required Supplies

  • Bias Tape
  • Buttons
  • Thread
  • Universal Needle

Additional Notes

This 24-page PDF pattern includes all pattern pieces and step-by-step instructions with some illustrations.

I would have liked to see a "finished garment size" chart." It was unclear from the size chart whether it was for body measurements or the finished garment. I thought the construction of the sleeves was odd for a woven garment. There was no ease so the garment was very tight across the shoulders. A bit of gathering would have helped, I think.