Hot! The “Batik Mini Kaftan” Dress

Butterick B5329FabricBatik Cotton and Plain Cotton
Pattern: Butterick Fast & Easy B5329 – View B
Notions: Thread & Brown Cotton from Stash
Time to Complete: 3 Hours
First worn: On Vacation
Wear again? Yes
Total Price: $7.45, $5 for Batik Fabric – last 2.5 yards on the bolt
Pattern $2.45 Warehouse Sale on

The “Batik Mini Kaftan” Dress – Front View






















Let’s just start off with I love this dress. It does triple duty because I wore it to dinner one night, used it on the beach  and wore it to lounge in the room. Life has taught me 1 week vacations are great but 2 weeks are divine. You really get a chance to unwind. I read 4 books, caught up on sleep and manage to start a tan I can keep going all summer. One of the best parts in planning this vacation was sewing with a purpose. These days with weight limitations and just not wanting to drag more then you need, designing outfits for multiple uses is great. It was pretty exciting to discover while I was packing that everything but the swimsuit I had sewn for myself. I guess a swimsuit will need to be added to my bucket list – maybe a future challenge from Mena.

With a weekly sewing agenda, the patterns seem to be getting easier to understand and follow. Which use to be a real challenge for me. I liked the cotton fabric but I could also see this in a poly silk or something lite weight that would bellow in the tropical breezes.

I’m so happy summer is here. It is my favorite season to sew for!

The “Batik Mini Kaftan” Dress – Side View



Krista started sewing at the age of 10, but got serious July of 2010 when she had to replace her old singer and got a serger machine for a birthday present. She lives in Manhattan -New York City with her husband. Reading the SewWeekly challenges last year motivated her to try new things and rekindle her love of Sewing.


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  1. That is gorgeous fabric! what a beautiful print and such a lovely “mini-kaftan” pattern. It really is so versatile!

  2. Thanks Adri, I thought the pattern had some unique details and if I make another it will probably in a white gauze cotton.

  3. The neck detail is interesting, part cowl, part scarf, yet sewn in so you don’t have to deal with either. Lovely color on you.

  4. I love kaftans, I love batik, and I love your backdrop! I’m sold. Can I have a double order?

    • Hi Vicki, thanks, double order coming right up. Although I bet you can get great fabric on your business trips to South Africa. I feel in love with the batik technique and plan to keep a keen eye out for more.

  5. Fantastic as always Krista, I love that you say the patterns are getting easier to sew because of your weekly sewing agenda. Love the batik fabric too.

    • Thanks Kazz, I knew you like the fabric, you always pick cool fabric. I keep looking at what I’ve already posted ans try to pick fabric I haven’t tried before. I’m understanding structure more and hope to get to the point that I can create my own pattern.

  6. This is gorgeous! I love the print and the lines and shape. I’ll have to copy it-

    • Hi Gina, I can’t wait to see your version! The fabric was so interesting visually, i need to keep my eyes out for more batik. I really loved your dress this week, hope you had a great day with your husband.

  7. This is such a beautiful kaftan. I just love love love the fabric and this means a lot considering that I am not a big fan of brown and tan – but I’ll make a huge exception for this one.

    • Hi Djamila, I know what you mean about the color, I kind of felt the same way at first. It was looking at it up close and seeing the batik technique that caught my fancy.

  8. Love the fabric.. and it looks fantastic on you.. What a fun /happy vaccation.. Happy sewing

  9. Your pictures are stunning, as usual, and that dress/caftan looks like the PERFECT lounge-on-vacation wear! I’m a little envious of your vacation, wouldn’t mind having some time off myself : )

  10. What u did is amazing!. Your batik is differ than mine. I am using 100% rayon some of them are hand painted.

    • Hi Blossum, yes I thought the fabric was quite different and I haven’t seen anything close to it in the store. Which makes me happy I got the last of it to make this dress. I’m hoping in the future I find more, thanks for the link.

  11. Oh, yes, definitely jealous of your 2 week vacation….equally jealous of that fabulous caftan.

    • Hi Najah, yes, vacations, I love to travel with my husband. I’m definitely making another Kaftan if I ever get a head enough with the weekly challenges. I just shot the RedWhiteBlue challenge and will start my embroidery project soon. Should be fun, right?

      Loved the pants, they are right up my alley.

  12. I’m so impressed with the resort collection you managed to sew for your vacation! Sewing weekly is transformative, isn’t it?

    • It is, I’m definitely not a fast sewer, but construction is starting to be more routine. I still need to read the directions. I’m glad Mena gives us weeks ahead so I can think my ideas through, for me it’s very important to sew thinks I can wear daily.

  13. That fabric is absolutely gorgeous. And that seems the perfect choice for vacation packing – I love items that can be worn in multiple settings.

    • Thanks Tempest. It’s been fun to watch your vacation postings and it looks like technology is cooperating. I have that same hat pattern, so I’ll be sure to read the directions carefully before diving in. Any tips on getting thread measurements right?