Kalle Shirt Dress

I love this dress.  Seriously love it.  I totally f*ed mine up (pardon my french) but you probably can’t tell, so I’m not going to sweat it.

Kalle Shirtdress-1This is the Kalle Shirt Dress, the newest pattern by Closet Case Files.  I’ve become a bit of a fan girl lately,  and have been crazily sewing every pattern that Heather Lou is coming out with.  I’m going to have to slowly work my way back, so I can have a total Closet Case wardrobe.   I knew I had to make this dress when I saw a few sneak peaks over the past few months.  That combined with the fact that I actually know Kalle of Kalle Shirt Dress fame!  She is the amazing owner of Stitch Sew Shop, my sewing and fabric oasis in Old Town, VA.

Kalle Shirtdress-4So, I am a bit of a meticulous sewist.  I don’t like to call myself a perfectionist, because i’m not always, but when I have the opportunity to be it’s hard to resist.  Here’s where my total freak out came in.  I was lucky enough to try on the shop sample at Stitch, and loved the fit, so I skipped making a muslim.  Perfect, because as important as it is to muslin, ain’t no body got time for that when they have an awesome shirt dress to make!  So, I traced my pattern, washed my fabric and went to work.  I used an Oxford Shirting, which is amazing, and I think perfect for this shirt.  However, I didn’t bother to mark my right and wrong sides, which wasn’t a big deal until I attached the front pieces to the shoulders.

Kalle Shirtdress-7 I am apparently directionally challenged, and sewed the left front to the right shoulder and vice versa.  I was so irritated with myself!  Even though I had done a pretty great job top stitch the button placket, it was still the underneath that was now on the outside and it wasn’t perfect.  So, whats a girl to do?  Be thankful that she had enough fabric to cut another placket, and get back to work, that’s what.

Kalle Shirtdress-5So, now the shirt is perfect except for the fact that it buttons from the wrong side.  Oh well, it’s supposed to be an exaggerated mens shirt anyway, so I guess it’s fine.  I was curious about why this left/right button discrepancy exists and I just lost 30 minutes of my life in “The Button Differential” wormhole.  However, any article from The Atlantic that also references Michael Scott is worth a read.

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Kalle Shirtdress-2Anyway, this shirt is the bomb.  It is cute and slightly preppy in this Oxford.  However, the hemline is all sassy and fun.  I am 5’1″, so I decided to shorten the pattern by 2.25″.  Which was kind of an eyeballed guess.  In my next version, I think I will only shorten by 1.5″ or 1.75″ because #oldladylegs.  You can see in this slightly blurry side shot that the hemline is an exaggerated version of the curved hemline found on mens dress shirts.  There is a nice flash of leg here, really upping the sassy factor.

Kalle Shirtdress-3I am so excited to sew up a few more shirt dresses for summer! There is a little instagram challenge going on called #sewtogetherforsummer, which you can check out here. I am already planning another Kalle in some black tencel I’ve been hoarding saving for over a year.  I also have at least one Alder shirtdress in the works, which is on my #2017makenine list.  What about you, are you sewing any shirt dresses for summer? Do you have a favorite pattern I should check out?

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5 thoughts on “Kalle Shirt Dress

  1. Your dress turned out beautifully! I’m loving this pattern. I’ve yet to sew it up but I remember when Heather Lou had a picture of herself wearing this on one of her vacations and I knew I wanted it! πŸ™‚


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