Kalle Shirt and Shirtdress

Closet Case Patterns

£16.50

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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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Additional information

Fabric

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

Size

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

Sewing level

Intermediate

Make time

One to two days

Pattern format

PAPER

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    5 out of 5 Flamingo Kalle!

    Norfolk Daphne

    My 15 year-old niece came to stay at the weekend and she made this FABULOUS flamingo Kalle Shirt! We opted for the cropped version with the high low hem, the standard button placket, and the band collar for a contemporary look. It’s only the second thing she’s ever made (the first being a TATB Cleo two years ago!) but she pretty much did it all by herself, with me just watching over and guiding her through each step. Here’s what she had to say about it: “I really enjoyed sewing these last two days with my Auntie Jo. My favourite bits were using the burrito method for the yoke (she couldn’t see how it was going to work, but then when she pulled it all through it was like magic!) and making the pleat in the back of the shirt. The hardest part was topstitching the sleeve cuffs because you have to go round in a circle without getting anything tangled up. I’m really happy with how it’s turned out and I absolutely love it. I can’t wait to show it to my friends and the rest of my family and tell them I MADE IT!”
    Visit my Norfolk Daphne blog to read the full review and see lots more photos: https://norfolkdaphne.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/sewing-with-my-gorgeous-niece-closet-case-kalle-shirt/

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    5 out of 5 THE shirt pattern for me.

    thefairstitch

    I made both versions of the shirt and the dress (Views A and C) in two different sizes an two different kinds of fabric. For the shirt I made it in cotton lawn and I went down two sizes. The fit is great, I didn’t change a thing and I love how it turned out. I’ve worn the shirt so many times now and it still is a firm favourite. For the dress I made it in 100% viscose fabric and I only went down one size. The fit is again perfect, the drape of the fabric really makes the shirtdress more blousey and flowy. I love it! Again I didn’t change a thing other than shortening the dress by 3 inches as the pattern was drafted for a model that’d 4 inches taller than me, and I wanted the hem of my dress to be a tad lower.
    To me, this shirt pattern is perfect. I love how it fits right out of the envelope and how chic it is too. Such beautiful pattern. If I were to only sew shirts from now on, this pattern would be it.

    For more photos and deets of my Kalles head over to my blog: https://thefairstitch.com/2019/07/07/kalle-shirtdress-closet-case-patterns-pattern-review/

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    5 out of 5

    PatsyPoo

    I am late to this particular party but I’m very glad I’m here. This is a great pattern and there are lots of variations, making it even more versatile. I chose to make the dress version, regular collar and regular button placket. Mine is a size 4 and the fit is spot on. I didn’t have to change anything and I can’t wait to make more. I really want to try the cropped version and a long sleeve tunic length, too.
    My fabric is a lightweight viscose and I love how it hangs. But I’m sure it’d work equally well in linen or a cotton lawn. Versatility is Kalle’s middle name. ?
    I can’t comment too much on the instructions as I only gave them a cursory glance here and there. But Closet Case instructions are usually clear and fairly thorough. I did notice their method for attaching a collar is the same one I’ve used for a while, and I find it much easier to line everything up this way.
    There are more photos and further details of my Kalle on my blog, which can be found here: https://patsypoomakes.blogspot.com/2019/07/kalle-shirtdress.html

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    5 out of 5

    heritageninja

    Blimey, what a lovely pattern! Clear instructions with so many options that you can mix and match collars, lengths, button plackets and sleeves to your hearts content. I went for a tunic length with full button placket and short sleeves and cut a size 8. My hips hit the size 10 on the sizing chart but there is quite a lot of ease in the pattern and I decided I wanted the tunic to skim nicely over my hips and not be too oversized. It came together fairly easily and any tricky bits had online sew-alongs to help you get past them. Would 100% recommend and will definitely be making another combo some time soon.

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    5 out of 5 Versatile and well-drafted pattern

    Jenny

    I selected this pattern after watching Lauren from Guthrie & Ghani who compared a number of shirt patterns. I had a piece of fabric I bought in a market in Indonesia several years ago, and I thought that the Kalle was the perfect way to utilise this fabric.
    I made version A, but with the hidden placket.
    I altered the pattern to increase the length by 3″ as I didn’t think that I could rock such an extremely cropped top.
    Except for the instructions for attaching the sleeve cuff, everything was very clear and easy to follow. The sleeve cuff instructions didn’t explain that only one layer should be attached at first. ( I have since made another version of this pattern and I simply overlocked both layers onto the shoulder at one time which was quick, easy and looked perfectly fine).
    I messed up a little on the topstitching around the hem as I didn’t realise that I was supposed to follow the curve at the sides.
    I have since also made another shirt dress from a different pattern which included a hidden placket, which had very confusing instructions and so I referred back to this one to figure out what to do.
    Overall very happy with this pattern and the resulting top which I have had loads of compliments about.

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    roxyintransit

    What a fun sew! The Kalle shirt and shirtdress has a ton of interchangeable features including the collar, placket, pocket, pleat and length. I sewed up the cropped version in a size 4 with a standard button placket, inverted pleat, standard collar, and no pocket and no alterations. It has a clean, professional finish, inside and out, meaning no exposed raw edges! This was my first collared shirt and as an advanced beginner, I learned quite a few new techniques including how to sew a placket, yoke, collar, curved hem facings, flat felled seams, cuffs, pleats, buttons and buttonholes. The collar was the trickiest part but the instructions and sew along make it easy to complete step by step. The instructions suggest an easier way to sew on a collar but the sew along also demonstrates how to do it the more traditional way. I went with the easier way and it turned out great for me. The fabulous fabric is a cotton lawn – Tropical Stems by Lady McElroy.

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    coolcookingteacher

    There are a lot of skills needed in this project…placket, cuffs, collar, buttons, buttonholes, curved hem, but I’m very pleased despite the fact it’s taken some weeks as I haven’t wanted to rush it and just been doing it at my sewing school.
    I made it in a very slightly stretch cotton in really bright summery colours.

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    WorthyDesignStudio

    I made this Kalle Shirt is a whizz which meant a few mistakes along the way but all in all a great pattern with a happy outcome.
    Read more about it at http://www.worthydesignstudio.com/pattern-reviews/kalle-shirt

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    norseotter

    I had been resisting temptation on this shirt pattern for a while as I thought it was too close to the Deer and Doe Melilot, but I finally gave in and I’m so glad I did!

    As always with Closet Case Patterns, the instructions are excellent (apart from a little confusion in constructing the concealed button band, but that might have just been me) and the details are spot-on. I’m enjoying this cropped version in a structured fabric but can’t wait to experiment with the other views in fabrics with more drape.

    All in all, stylish, wearable, and fun to make. More notes and photos on my blog:

    http://norseotter.blogspot.com/2018/06/cropped-kalle-shirt-in-vintage-fabric.html

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    TheSerialHobbyistGirl

    Great pattern to get started sewing shirtdresses. I love the loose fit and the all the options the pattern offers.
    I am short, 5’1.5″, so I shortened the dress 2 inches to get the same look as the model on the pattern’s web page.

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    kbartman

    The Kalle is my favorite shirt dress pattern! I love the fit across my shoulders and its drape. The Kalle is “easy chic”!

    I made a straight size 12 in a cherry red sueded modal blend from Style Maker Fabrics.

    In the pic, I have styled it with a black Jenna Cardi.

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    ymary

    This version started out as a wearable toile, and it turned out to be my favourite new shirtdress! It’s first outing was during my holiday to Sicily. The perfect debut for a summery tunic dress.

    Pattern mods:
    My popover version of the Kalle is the tunic length but lengthened considerably. I don’t remember exactly how much I lengthened by but as much as my fabric meterage would allow for. I also levelled the hem out for there was less of an exaggerated difference between the back and front hems.

    Fabric:
    This gorgeous rusty coloured linen blend (one of my favourite colours of all time) came from Abakhan in Mostyn. I went and stocked up on linen blends recently for all of my summer sewing plans and in so glad I picked up so much!

    Thoughts on the pattern:
    Totally love it. I love the shape of the kimono sleeves and cuffs, and the box pleat at the back. I think it’s more wearable, for me at least, with the hem levelled out a bit.

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