In early December last year I decided to try this pattern, using my similarly stripped fabric.
I’d never done a “Fashion Star” pattern before so I flat pattern measured and chose to cut a 16, which is supposed to be bust 38, waist 30, hip 40. I was a bit worried because I was puzzled about how this thing would go together. My first alteration: I decided to make a mirrored version
and secondly: shorten it 8″ to tunic length
Turns out my version has no side seams. And I could have/should have cut a 12, not a 16! That would have been a better fit through the shoulders.
Look at that big grin! Husband is home and willing to help with photos. Oh boy! No setting up and running to get into position.
Ahhhhh, my own photographer, now this is the way to do pattern review blogging
Conclusion: I think it’s a strange looking and interesting caftan. My version is OK for quick trips outside around the house but not anything I’d like to wear out into the wider world. This fabric in this cut is overwhelming for my size and height. I love the drape you get with the tucks at the sides, that’s a design detail might be worth playing with in a suitable fabric next summer.
And so I put this pattern aside for the season.