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 muslin.  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 stitching 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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10 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! 🙂


  2. Nice dress, I am anxious to make my first version of this. I heard that buttons are different for men and women because of having a ‘dresser’ – high class ladies would have someone do their buttons up for them, and that is why they reverse the direction. Not sure this is true, because wouldn’t the men have dressers too?


    1. Yes, from what I’ve read, it also comes from when men held swords/other weaponry. Since they predominately uses their right hands for swords, it was easier to unbutton with their left hands. It’s funny how these conventions hold, even when they have no real meaning in modern times.


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