Kalle Shirt + Dress

Thursday, June 21, 2018
The March Sew My Style Challenge pattern was the Kalle Shirt + Dress by Closet Case Patterns. I was a little nervous about sewing a pattern with a button band and collar but decided to dive in feet first. I knew that I wanted to make some version of the Kalle Crop Top since I wear a lot of collared shirts to work, but I couldn't pass up that curved hem on the Kalle Shirtdress either. Both were going to be a challenge, but I was up for it!

First I decided to tackle the Kalle Crop Top (version A) with the full collar and hidden button placket. I used Telio Picasso Rayon Poplin floral print fabric from Fabric.com which handled like a dream and was perfect for spring. I added 2 inches to the length of the shirt so that it covers my belly button and made a size 6 shoulder graded to a size 12 at the bottom. Since I'm a noob, I followed along with the Kalle sewalong on the Closet Case patterns website without difficulty. I should note that I still have to wear a tank top under this shirt to make it "work appropriate" due to the high side slits and I'll probably add an extra button to the top, but I flippin' love this shirt!

Next, I decided to whip up the Kalle Shirtdress (version C) with the shirt collar and standard button placket. I used jade Tencel Twill fabric from Style Maker Fabrics- it's a medium to heavy weight fabric but feels super soft. I again added 2 inches to the length to get the dress to hit my knees and this time I graded the pattern from a 6 at the shoulders, 12 at the waist and 14 at the hips and I'm pretty pleased with the fit.

I was really pleased with the directions and sewalong instructions with this pattern and hope to make a lot more Closet Case Patterns in my future.

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