Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Iviye Patterns - Adah Kaftan

The year of the statement sleeve continues as does my love of the statement sleeve.  This pattern is all about the sleeve and I couldn't be happier.

Lynn of Iviye Patterns has a pattern line filled with classic lines and modern twists.  This Adah Kaftan is a mini Kaftan with side slits and billowy sleeves, a keyhole back opening and high neckline and combine these all together for a beautiful top.

Lynn recommends a hook and eye closure which would be perfect for a sleek look but I wanted a little different closure.  I carried the bias binding past the neckline to add some fun ties. 

For the keyhole opening, I did as a facing and then folded it close and topstitched.  The ties add a bit of interest to the back and just plain fun.

The instructions are brief, think Burda Magazine type brief.  If you are familiar with sewing, this blouse will be a sewing success for you and depending on the style of Iviye pattern you select the sewing level would be advanced beginner to intermediate. Also, know that Lynn is just an email or Instagram message away, it was so easy to contact her with a couple of questions I had.

My fabric is a Rayon Twill Shirting from Style Maker Fabrics, sold out and I am so sorry because it is such a nice one.   Here are some other choices of rayon twill shirtings available.  With this top, the drape of the fabrics is important and sometimes I get that wrong.  Today on my Adah, I got it right, the fabric is perfect for the drape of the shirt and the sleeves

The Adah Kaftan illustration does show a sleeve band but it is not included in the pattern pieces.  It was easy to draft my own, I measured my arm and then cut it out.  The sleeves would be find without a band but I like the more fitted look, especially in winter with putting on a coat.

I did not do side slits on mine, my fabric is printed on and the wrong side is white, just didn't want that showing.  

I made a size XS in the hips, waist and then between a XS and Small in the bust.  I didn't want it oversized, just measure the pattern piece to get the look you want.

I find this style very easy to customize and make your own, thinking of other necklines and possible ruffles at the hem.

Disclosure - I was gifted this pattern by Lynn of Iviye patterns, all comments and opinions on this pattern are mine.  


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