Summer Cooler Caftan

Hi. I'm Laura from SewVeryEasy. Looking for a way to stay cool this summer? How about a Summer Cooler? This Summer Cooler (Caftan) is really a robe, bathrobe, beach and bath cover-up--- all in one. It's made in Embrace® double gauze 100% cotton so it's lightweight, cool and breathable! I designed a classic women’s version and a similar child’s version. You can watch my video tutorial and download the free pattern to learn how to make these yourself.

Embrace double gauze Summer Cooler Caftan - a sewing tutorial by SewVeryEasy

The Summer Cooler (Caftan) is perfect for over a bathing suit, lounging around, or after the shower.  I made two different styles for women, both with an easy fit, and a cute simple version for a child. I chose Embrace double gauze 100% cotton because it’s cool, breathable and lightweight.

I designed two different women’s styles and a child's size.

Summer Cooler Caftan child size with Embrace Whales Cobalt

For the women's, I used

Solid Embrace Snow

Embrace double gauze Snow White

With accents of Solid Embrace Teal

Embrace double gauze teal

For the second, I used Bouquet Embrace Cobalt

Embrace double gauze Bouquet Cobalt

With accents of Solid Embrace Cobalt

Embrace double gauze Cobalt

For the child’s cover-up, I wanted to use a fun beachy type nautical print.

Aren't these whales cute?!

Whales Embrace Cobalt

Embrace double gauze Whales Cobalt

and I added accents of Solid Embrace Silver


For this project, I used some of my favorite notions. I chose a size 70/10 sewing machine needle from SCHMETZ, as I find that is the best size for finer fabrics such as double gauze. I also used coordinating Dual Duty XP® 100% polyester thread by Coats & Clark. For more tips on working with Embrace double gauze, click here

Summer Cooler Caftan in Embrace double gauze- sewing tutorial by SewVeryEasy

To watch the video and download the pattern PDF, follow this link How to make a Summer Cooler (Caftan). To go direct to the pattern PDF, click this link here.

Let me know what you think! Please leave a comment below!

Happy Sewing,


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Written by Ellen Mickelson
Ellen Mickelson is the Marketing Manager at Shannon Fabrics. She loves sewing, quilting and knitting, as well as plants, flowers and gardening. Ellen is a cat lover, and a super proud parent who likes being in nature, taking walks outside around the MN lakes, working out and yoga. She's also a beginning Salsa dancer.