I am so excited to share this make with you all sorts of serious reasons:
- I want to live in this dress for-ev-er
- It feels like it’s been a long time since I last shared a make with you
- I am 100% in love with this pattern
- Shirt dresses are where it’s at. Fact.
To be fair, I think shirt dresses are probably one the most universally flattering things to wear. They’re smart AND casual. And they’ve got a great ability to work in all life situations and still feel fresh and current. Plus they’re one of my all-time favourite capsule wardrobe team players.
I think there are some details that definitely up the ante in the perfect shirt dress stakes. Key for me is a relaxed, slouchy shape to stop it feeling too business-y. Something like this cocoon shape totally works. Then small details in the sleeves and hem can also make a shirt dress feel just a little bit more special and current.
This particular beauty basically has it all for me: cocoon shape, cuffed sleeves, Hi-Lo shirt hem.
The trifecta of shirt dress perfection right there.
You might just recognise the pattern. This is the Kalle dress released at the end of last month by Heather. I was a tester for this back in November which was great because I got my greedy mitts on the pattern ages ago. But it’s also been super tough keeping this one a secret – it’s been on heavy rotation since then.
The fabric is a beautiful crepe from Sew Over It (now sadly sold out). Shock of all shocks it’s not blue or grey which I know are colours I tend to gravitate towards. But when a fabric’s this lush you just have to go for it, right?
Size + fit + construction
I made a straight size 6 based on the finished measurements and not the size that the size guide suggested (which would have been a 12). This is my standard way of selecting sizes as I feel I have more control over the final fit this way instead of ending up with buckets of ease. After all, there’s a fine line between effortless and relaxed and drowning in fabric. At least for me – being all of 5’4″.
I’d make this up exactly as in again in a heartbeat, maybe with just a bit of sway back adjustment if I were feeling energetic.
My only regret in this make is not having taken more time matching the thread to the fabric. It’s not a deal breaker, but I think the topstitching of the button placket and cuffs really show. I also should really have taken more time and care to get the top stitching right.