While we're on the topic of floaty summer tops in Nani IRO florals, I've recently uploaded this fabulous new Make it Perfect Shearwater Kaftan pattern to the shop.
I've been waiting for someone to do a nice simple kaftan and Toni from Make it Perfect has come through with the goods!
I've made a few kaftans in the past but I've never been happy with the patterns I've used and I've had to tweak each one to within an inch of it's life to get a good result. I haven't tried the Shearwater pattern yet, but will try it soon. Toni describes it as "just the right balance between floaty and fitted" which is exactly the look I'm after. It's a great sleeve length for this time of the year: a long sleeve with a tab to button up to 3/4 length.
So, what fabric to use? I think double gauze is perfect or something else light like a voile or lawn to give the floaty effect. I probably wouldn't use quilting weight cotton if you're after the floaty effect. Even a slightly open weave linen like Fuccra Rakuel below would be nice.