So when I was asked to make a caftan I jumped at the chance. I was loaned an original and asked to make something similar.
This is how the creative process worked...
Figure out the 'how to make it' from the beginning involving much visualisation of caftan components
Use the sheet to make a mock-up of the caftan without lining it (that will come later)
Compare mock-up with original
Tweak pattern - add a bit here, remove a bit there (the sleeves I'd made were FAR too voluminous!)
Cut out new cotton fabric whilst holding ones breath (it was precious fabric and I so wanted to get it right!)
Add some preloved silk and cotton from a French designer top purchased on a recent trip to London
Tweak and tweak some more
When happy, add the bias binding from around the top of the designer top to the neck of the caftan (why make binding when there is the perfect sized bias in the perfect colour already there?!)
Trim sleeves with more silk
And there you have it - one completed, lined caftan which I believe is off on holiday pretty soon with its new owner!