I hope you’re all ready for a bit of frivolity… I know I am!
Loni, of Havin’ Sew Much Fun fame, and I are teaming up for a high-fun, low-pressure sewing and socializing event for the summer: Caftans and Cocktails. If anything can take your mind off the current craziness in the world it’s dressing up in a bright, oversize swooshy dress and pouring yourself a drink.
The “rules,” which are not really rules at all, are: every Saturday from June through August, using the hashtag #caftansandcocktails2020, post a photo of yourself on Instagram wearing a caftan and drinking a beverage of your choice.
The beverage can be a fun cocktail, mocktail or just a sparkling water, if that’s your jam. And we’re loosely defining caftan, too, literally: a floaty, flowy, fun easy fitting dress, ideally with minimal waist definition and hopefully with maximal drama. Think Mrs. Roper or Blanche Devereaux.
We hope you’ll take the opportunity to invite a sewing friend or two to join you, whether virtually or in-person (if you can do so safely) for a #sewhappyhour, to sip your tasty beverage and admire one another’s caftans!
No prizes, no judging, no need to sew anything new (unless you want to; we’re happy to be your excuse!), no pressure. This is meant to be fun, a bit silly, and relaxing. Join if and when you can. Throughout the summer we’ll share our caftan photos, a couple caftan sewing projects and some cocktail recipes!
To get you feeling inspired, we’ve pulled together a whole bunch of caftan sewing patterns for you to peruse and consider sewing up if you’re in the market for a new caftan. We also suggest digging into some old Golden Girls and Three’s Company episodes for ideas!
Convenient, coincidental bonus: Jacinta (former Sewcialists editor and glamorous Instagram superstar) is hosting a caftan sewalong on Instagram and Zoom on May 31 if you want to join her in sewing up your chosen caftan pattern!