Hot! The Kazztastic Kanga Caftan

The Facts
Fabric: 100% cotton double kanga from thrift store = $2.99
Pattern: none
Year: 2011
Notions: bias tape = free
Time to complete: one Bubble Guppies and one Anthony Bourdain (that’s 1.5 hours in normal people time)
First worn: January 18, 2012 in my foyer with the heat cranked up
Wear again? In warmer climes
Total price: $3


NOTE:  I know Mena suggested we get outside and liven up our photos,but this is what my outside looks like these days.  (Poor little Moe doesn’t know what to do with herself.)  Rather than stand outside in the -20C wind, up to my ankles in snow, I resorted to this awkward photo of me in my front entrance.  My classic “in front of the bookshelf” shot will have to wait until we’ve taken down our Christmas tree, which is blocking the meager winter light from filtering into our house.

OK, enough complaining about winter.

I’ve had this double kanga in my stash for about a year, and was holding out for the right idea before cutting.  Then BAM. I saw this ——–>

(Image ripped straight from Kazz’s blog, but I think she’s a bit more reasonable that SOPA and won’t prosecute.)

I’ve been an admirer of Kazz and her self drafted style since she showed up here last year.  Although I could never reach her heights of awesome, I thought that at least I could copy her blatantly make a Kazz inspired piece.

I cut the two kanga panels apart, and not wanting to waste the extra one to make bias tape, I just used a scrap of beige tape I had lying around.  The bottom edges needed hemming, and then it was a quick zip-zip up the sides and I was done.  Oh wait, this was a button challenge, wasn’t it?  Do button holes count?  My trusty Husqy has a one-step button hole option, so that took me all of about 2 minutes to add one to each side of my waist and thread a ribbon through.

I have absolutely no idea what this says.  Kangas usually sport traditional sayings, but still, you never know.  I hope it isn’t something offensive like, “All praise Steven Harper” (that one’s for the Canadian contingent).

Here’s cat #2 (Lou) modelling with me because she had her claws tangled in the front my my KKC (I had entitled this post “Kazztastic Kanga Kaftan”, but when I went to do that initialism, I realized what it said, and had some editing to do…..yikes)

And finally, one last outtake photo in my best Kazztastic pose. Or more accurately, “Vicki turning up the thermostat”:

(ps. This probably would have made a better Make This Look post than a Buttons one, but too late now!)




Vicki used to sew when she was young and free, but then raising young'uns and bringing home (some of) the bacon took up all her time. Now her closet is full of skinny clothes, maternity clothes and post-partum clothes, none of which fit properly. Maybe that's why she started sewing again in 2010.


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  1. OMG Vicki, the Kazztastic Kanga Kaftan is amazeballs, I am super chuffed you admired what I did. I’m totally in love with the kanga fabric too. LOVE IT! Most of all she is seriously flattering on you. Gorgeous stuff and Kazztastic pose? Brilliant xx

  2. bring on the sunny weather! (but not until we’ve had our fair share :-)
    Fabulous piece of fabric and the perfect pattern to utilise the whole print.

  3. I agree with Kazz!! That is super cute on you! And the pose and hat at the end make the whole look SING ;o)
    PS: It was COLD AS HELL the day I took my indoor photos, too. Brrrrrr

  4. Excellent Kazz knock-off! Way to sew warm.

  5. This is a way awesome nod to the Kazz Kaftan! Awesomeness on so many levels :D

  6. Kazzalicious! Brilliant kaftan! I just love this and that last pose (and your name for it) were great!!! And my goodness…it looks super cold there!

  7. what a fabulous kaftan! I adore your fabric and love the photo of you turning up the thermostat! I totally agree with you on not taking pictures outside. Winter is awful.

  8. It’s so pretty! Love the fabric and that picture of you adjusting the thermostat!

  9. I love it! It is really cool that you were inspired by another sewer on here! The fabric looks like mushrooms from far away and that rocks too!

  10. Thanks everybody for the comments. I put up this draft late in the week and I wasn’t sure it would be posted, but Mena is quick!

    I seem to be sewing things more suited to warm weather lately, perhaps as wishful thinking…..It will be great when the weather warms up and I can take photos outdoors again!

  11. Love it! The photos are great, too. I’ve been measuring sewing in Radio Lab time :)