How to Measure Kaftans

Updated July 20, 2017

Kaftans are full free flowing garments worn for every occasion from casual lounging to the most formal affairs. Formal kaftans are made of the finest silk while the casual kaftans are made of cotton. The kaftan originated in Africa and the Middle East. Because of its comfort, It is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world; both men and women wear it. Kaftans are easy to sew without a pattern. All it takes is a few measurements.

Measure the distance from the nape of the neck to the desired length. Purchase cloth twice the length of the measurement. Use 45-inch wide material for small to medium size people and 65-inch wide material for large people.

Cut the cloth into two equal lengths. Put one length aside for the back.The other piece is the front of the kaftan. Find the centre of the front piece. Mark it with a straight pin.

Measure the fabric down 8 inches from the centre pin and mark with a pin. Measure the fabric 6 inches on both sides of the top centre pin and mark with pins. Measure the fabric 2 inches on each side of the bottom centre pin and mark with pins.

Cut down the cloth from the pin on the left side of the top centre pin to the pin that is 2 inches to the left of the bottom centre pin. Cut across the bottom centre pin to the pin 2 inches on the right of the centre pin.

Cut up to the pin that is 6 inches to the right of the top centre pin; this cutout is the neckline.

Measure the fabric 10 inches down on each side of the kaftan and mark. This is the position for the arms holes. Match the right sides together and sew to make your kaftan.


Line the neckline and arm holes with fabric for a more finished look.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
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Addie Protivnak is at home in Coden, Ala., and has written internet how-to articles since 2008. Protivnak has published in the Master Gardener “Dirt” as well as the “Alabama Garden Pathways." She attended Faulkner State College where her course base was writing , literature and art.