Every once in a while I see an inspiration piece that makes my heart sing. I ran across a photo of a lady wearing a maxi-length button down shirt on Instagram and saved it immediately. The Kalle Shirtdress is my version of that inspiration piece. Continue reading for all the details.
If you were at my Tea Time Live event last month on YouTube, then you saw me wear the dress with a pink fascinator hat during the Livestream. We had so much fun and I can’t wait for the next one. If you missed it, you can watch the REPLAY HERE.
The Kalle Shirt & Dress Pattern is by Closet Core Patterns. It’s a loose fitting design with interchangeable options for the collar, hem, and button plackets.
- View A: Cropped shirt with wide hem facing
- View B: Tunic Length
- View C: Shirtdress with high-low hem
The pattern is currently available on the Closet Core Patterns website with pdf & print options for sizes 0-20. It’s available in pdf only for sizes 14-32. The company rates the pattern as Intermediate, and I agree. I do not recommend this pattern for beginners.
The pattern instructions are straightforward and easy to follow if you have experience. There are eleven pattern pieces required for each view.
I purchased the PDF Sleeve Expansion Pattern because I wanted long sleeves for my dress. I did make a mistake on my sleeve though, so I omitted the button placket and just added a cuff.
Inside the Garment
Now, let’s take a look at the inside of the dress. I used extra care in sewing this garment because I didn’t want to mess up my beautiful fabric.
I used my Baby Lock Soprano to sew French seams because I wanted a very clean, polished finish on the inside.
I also used the Soprano to sew the hems. You can choose which hem option you want. Since my fabric looks the same on both sides, I opted for the bias binding hem finish. If the fabric had an obvious wrong side, I would have chosen the wide facing option. And that’s because you can see the inside of the garment at the hem while wearing the dress or shirt. That’s not a problem, but for this dress I wanted everything to look exquisite.
The fabric suggestions call for light to medium weight wovens and shirtings, such as poplin, chambray, tencel, linen, rayon challis, crepe de chine, voile and flannel.
Before cutting into my fashion fabric, I sewed up a muslin to check the fit. I cut a size 12 according to the listed finished garment measurements and it’s a great fit.
I added 21” at the lengthen/shorten line to get my desired length. But I ended up cutting away about 6″ of that length after I sewed the dress together. I totally forgot that my dress form is taller than me and I need t adjust the height. The mechanism is really tight and I just haven’t made the time to mess around with it.
I added a bit more length to the front piece because I wanted to reduce the high-low hem difference. After making the pattern length adjustment, I ended up trimming off that 1/4″ difference at the hem that you see on the front piece.
The pattern calls for lightweight fusible interfacing and ½” buttons. The dress calls for 9 buttons for the front button placket. However, I used 14 for my dress because I lengthened it.
My Plans for the Garment
The dress can be worn almost anywhere depending on how you style it. I’ll be wearing it out to dinner, to visit with friends, and anywhere I want to look cute and be comfortable at the same time.
Let’s take a look at a few styling options for the Kalle Shirtdress. You can dress it up or keep it sweet and casual for just lounging around the house. It’s that comfortable.
Styling Option #1
I styled it with a pair of high heels and a clutch purse to dress it up.
Styling Option #2
Here, it’s styled with a pair of jeans and camisole for those days when you want to dress in layers for temperature changes.
Styling Option #3
For cooler months it would look nice with a neck scarf, boots, or even a turtleneck underneath. I think this would look better with a chainlink belt. The black belt here may be too heavy. What do you think? It would also look fine without a belt.
Styling Option #4
Of course you can take it on a nice casual visit with flip flops and a straw hat. This would be perfect for shopping at the Farmers Market.
How would you wear the garment?
Would you sew this dress or top? Do you have the pattern? How would you style it? Talk to me in the comments. I would love to hear from you
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Links to Products, Posts & Tutorials
Here are links to products, blog posts, and tutorials mentioned in this post.
- Sewing Project Checklist
- Fabric Option 1
- Learn to SEW
- Tea Time Live Replay
- Baby Lock Soprano
- Baby Lock Vibrant
- Baby Lock Euphoria
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