Persian...At Last

Finally! The stars aligned, my model was available, and I finished the Persian coat. The number one difference between Persian and Turkish is the neckline. The Persian coat has a neckline that is higher and more modest then the sometime plunging V of a Turkish Entari. The first thing to do, is mark the very center of the neck line, then the center of the tunic where you want the slit depth to be.

Marking the center points

Marking the center points

Next, a little math is involved….yes, more math. My model for this project has a 13” neck. While the neckline is high, we don’t want to choke the model, so we’re adding an inch for ease, giving us 14”. Then you divide that by 4, giving us 3.5”. This gets marked evenly all the way around the center neck point, 3.5” on the shoulders, front and back. Don’t worry about any extra ease, the center front slit is 24” for this example, there will be no problems getting the tunic on or off.

marked evenly around center point.

marked evenly around center point.

Once you have your four quarters marked, connect the dots as evenly as possible. I literally grabbed a plate that was the correct diameter and connected the points in a neat circle.

Plates are still the best round template

Plates are still the best round template

Next connect your center front bottom opening point to the low point of the circle in front.

Center front opening

Center front opening

Cut out and repeat all for the neck facing, much as we made the neck facing on the original caftan. Order of construction follows as the original caftan as well. Add some buttons along the center front, tailor in as for the Turkish Entari (link above), and you’ve got your Persian Coat. Fabric for this project is our Summer Bloom Silk Satin.