Kalle Shirt and Shirtdress

Closet Case Patterns


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Buy the Kalle shirt and shirt dress from Closet Case Patterns, it is a loose fitting silhouette skimming shape and has a number of interchangeable features making it really versatile. View A is cropped with a wide faced hem, View B is a tunic length shirt inspired by classic men’s oxfords, and View C is a stylish shirtdress with a high-low hem. All versions feature a subtly curved yoke, kimono sleeves with arm cuffs, and a dramatically shaped hem.

Add extra details to your Kalle with a standard or band collar, an optional breast pocket, an inverted or box pleat, and button, popover or hidden placket.

What we think: This is a tried and tested pattern for us and we love the different variations for this pattern. Closet Case Patterns nail the details and this pattern is stuffed with them! If you need a little hand holding why not checkout Heather’s sew-along for this pattern.

Suggested Fabrics: This can be made in lots of fabrics, pick a rayon or crepe to get a fantastic drape and for something more classic why not a cotton or linen.

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

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Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Denim / Corduroy, Linen, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Silk / Satin / Sateen


UK 4 / US 0 / EU 32, UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52

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One to two days

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    This is my first sewing experience with Closet Case Patterns, I know, I know, their patterns have been a cult favourite. I’ve been eyeing on the Kalle since it came out last year.

    FIT: The fit was perfect. After reading the sewalong post, even though I have big bust, I didn’t need to perform any full bust adjustment as this pattern gives enough ease and it has no darts. I went with one of Heather’s advice and based on my upper bust measurement to determine my size.

    CONSTRUCTION: The only alteration I did was to add an inch to the front as I didn’t want it to be too cropped.
    The Closet Case Patterns Kalle sewalong is a treat! The sewalong really helped me to determine what size to make for this and all the other tips and tricks along the way. This was a joy to sew! The instruction was very clear, they use the burrito method for the yoke (which I’ve done once in making Reeta Dress from Named Clothing). I used their “easy way” for the collar as per instruction, on their website there’s also a post on standard way for all the traditionalists. Also, on their website there’s a brilliant tutorial on making the sharpest collar point. I used the tweezer method for mine because I had a pair handy at the time. The thread tail method looks brilliant, will have to try that next time.

    Read my full review at http://elsielicious.com/lifestyle/pearl-kalle/

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    4 out of 5 Kalle Shirt and Dress

    Sarah O

    I made this pattern as part of the SewMyStyle challenge and liked it so much that I’ve made it 3 times (cropped twice, dress once)!
    The written instructions were easy enough to follow and I liked having the tutorial on Closet Case Pattern’s website to refer to. The only parts that gave me trouble were taking on the burrito method and attaching the collar.

    Overall, I highly recommend this pattern and look forward to making a few more of these.

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    Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress


    This is a great pattern. I’ve made two already! I have only made the cropped length so far but I will be making the dress and tunic versions soon I’m sure! I have included pictures of it in a grey quilting cotton which I think works well with the cropped length; the structure of the fabric gives a silhouette that I really like. The other (yellow) version is in a viscose which feels like a cotton poplin but pretty sure it’s a viscose! It’s much more drapey but I still really like it. I think for the longer versions I would want to stick to more drapey fabrics as the pattern is straight down with no waist definition. The crop isn’t too short, which is nice. Plus, with the extra length at the back, it looks really flattering and doesn’t reveal your back when you sit down or bend over. The pattern is really easy to follow and there’s a sew along on the Closet Case website which is also really useful. I really like the Closet Case sew alongs as they word things differently to how they do in the pattern so you have it explained in a variety of ways as well as pictures. Some sew alongs just copy and paste the wording from the pattern instructions which I personally think defeats the point a bit! I didn’t have any issues making this, although the button placket is done in a different way to what I’m used to- it’s a separate piece- but with the clear instructions and the sew along, it was easy to work out and I really liked learning a new way of doing things! Highly recommend this pattern. It would also be a good starting place for a shirt if you haven’t made one before.

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    Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress


    This is my second Kalle shirt, and I have many many more planned. I really do love this pattern and would really recommend it.

    It’s my first cropped Kalle, and it is a little too cropped – I can only wear it with super high waisted trousers, so I’ll be lengthening the front piece next time I make one.

    I love the fabric used for this shirt; it’s a cotton lawn I bought it to make a dress, and after cutting it out, I still had a metre or so leftover. I knew I wanted to make a cropped Kalle, and was delighted to find that with some creative pattern piece placement, I managed to squeeze one out of the remnant. I’m really pleased as I think the fabric really suits the style of the shirt, and is cool enough to wear in the heat, but good for layering in the colder months.

    I’ve written two blog posts about this shirt. The first is about the shirt itself: https://sewslowsarah.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/floral-wonder-my-second-kalle-shirt/

    And in the second I talk about the adjustments, including dartless full bust adjustment, and take a look at the innards of my garment:

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    Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress


    This is the third Kalle shirt dress I’ve made.

    I think this pattern is a real wardrobe staple. It is so easy to throw on and feel both comfy and put together.

    I am 5’11” so I lengthened the dress and sleeves to account for my height (adding 5cm to both).

    The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

    I definitely would recommend this pattern. I keep going back to this pattern again and again, so I think that speaks for itself.

    If you want to read about my Kalle shirt dress in more detail check out my blog post https://attieanddora.com/2018/03/03/terracota-kalle-shirt-dress/

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    Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress


    I love this pattern – there are so many options and fabric possibilities. This version is a wearable toile in a loosely woven cotton.

    I went for a popover placket and band collar as I’d never tried these techniques before and coupled these with the tunic length. I was a bit unsure about which size to go for – most of my measurements matched the size 10, and as I’d read there’s a lot of ease in the pattern I made up the 10 in a cheap fabric. My only adjustment was to slightly widen the arm holes.

    The construction was a bit of a breeze thanks to the comprehensive instructions and sewalong – it’s a nice skill-building sew. The finished shirt is a little tight on the bust and so I’ve since altered the pattern with an FBA for future makes. I’ve already made another version in the cropped length, and am planning another with sleeves…

    You can read more about my shirt (and more photos of me wearing it horseriding in Cuba) on my blog:

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    I liked the look of the Kalle shirtdress when it was first released and loved the versions I saw other sewists post on Instagram. As usual before I make a garment I find blogs of it and take notes of their findings. It is mixed for the Kalle shirtdress, some say they have sized down and preferred the fit and look. While others have made the size as guided by their measurements. I was unsure so decided to make a wearable toile in a brushed floral cotton /viscose. I’ve worn the dress a lot. It fits easily into my ‘throw it on and head out the door mummy wardrobe’. While it’s maybe not the most flattering dress out there for my figure, sometimes I don’t want to feel constricted by my clothes and just want comfortable easy to wear clothes that look good. I liked it so much I pretty much made another straight away, in this lovely Atelier Brunette cotton lawn. As before I made a size 12, no alterations. Except, making the bias binding wider and taking more care when cutting it out. This is because on the first kalle dress it needs the hem turning up because I wasn’t so careful with the bias binding, in my hurry to make it, that it has started to fray where I haven’t caught all the unfinished edges. Making the bias binding wider helped with this. This is the first Closet Case pattern I have made and I loved all the detail in the garment! The collar, and placket and even the finish on the arms, and the curved hem (which is pretty perfect on my second) are beautiful details, which along with the French seams I did, make the dress the best finished item I have sewn. The Closet Case Patterns sew along is great for more detail when required. I can definitely see more of the Kalle in my future wardrobe, next I think it’ll be the cropped shirt, or the Shirtdress again. I do love a shirtdress.
    More details on the blog at https://rebeccasstitches.blogspot.co.uk

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    “When I wake up in the morning and the alarm gives out a warning, I don’t think I’ll ever make it on time” My Kalle Shirt Dress from Closet Case Patterns has become affectionately known as my Saved by The Bell Dress, as you can tell this is down to the spectacularly 80’s fabric I picked up from Fabricland in Bournemouth!

    The pattern itself has three different options; a Shirt, a Tunic & a Shirt Dress. All varieties are on my ‘to be sewn list’ but I thought I’d kick off with the Shirt Dress as I’d seen some gorgeous versions online! I knew I wanted it to be light, summery and bright ready to wear to our local Champagne & Seafood Festival during the recent heatwave!

    I am a big fan of the Closet Case Patterns, they offer stylish modern design with lots of variations to each pattern and come with perfectly clear instructions and sew-alongs on their blog. The pattern was straight forward to sew and was made in one evening… my favorite type of projects!

    During this project I finally worked out how to sew buttons on to garment using my machine… hand sewing is my most hated task (maybe one day I will find it therapeutic & relaxing like so many of you!). I use the Janome DC6030 (from John Lewis, in all other stores it is the DKS30 model), no extra foot was required, you just need to lower the feed teeth and use the machine part that you attach a foot to, to hold down the button! Simple!

    Once I completed the dress and tried it on, I have to say it was a bit oversized and my husband suggested taking it in as it drowned me. I of course did not want to do this an hour before leaving the house, but he was right (sssh don’t tell him I said that) and it needed to be taken in a good two inches either side. I will be sure to adjust the pattern before my next Kalle!

    Here it is in all it’s glory at the Seafood Festival, perfect for a day of eating!

    Got to go, I’m late to meet Zack & Kelly at The Max…

    Happy Sewing!

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    Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress

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    Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress


    The Kalle Shirt Dress is one of the best dresses I have made – its so clean cut and simple but the effect is wonderful!

    The sizing is very accurate and grading between sizes may not be necessary as the pattern has a large amount of ease

    More details and full review on my blog:


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