Kalle shirt dress | Why I'm in love with shirt dresses and my tester version of the new Closet Case pattern

Shirt dress love: Kalle 

Kalle shirt dress | Why I'm in love with shirt dresses and my tester version of the new Closet Case pattern

Kalle shirt dress | Why I'm in love with shirt dresses and my tester version of the new Closet Case pattern

Kalle shirt dress | Why I'm in love with shirt dresses and my tester version of the new Closet Case pattern

Kalle shirt dress | Why I'm in love with shirt dresses and my tester version of the new Closet Case pattern

Kalle shirt dress | Why I'm in love with shirt dresses and my tester version of the new Closet Case pattern

I am so excited to share this make with you all sorts of serious reasons:

  1. I want to live in this dress for-ev-er
  2. It feels like it’s been a long time since I last shared a make with you
  3. I am 100% in love with this pattern
  4. 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.

Bam.

The trifecta of shirt dress perfection right there.

The Make

Pattern

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.

Fabric

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?

Kalle shirt dress | Why I'm in love with shirt dresses and my tester version of the new Closet Case pattern

Kalle shirt dress | Why I'm in love with shirt dresses and my tester version of the new Closet Case pattern

Kalle shirt dress | Why I'm in love with shirt dresses and my tester version of the new Closet Case pattern

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″.

Next time

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.

  1. Reply
    PsychicSewerKathleen

    WOW just love your Kalle! I have this pattern (coincidentally or not 🙂 I have been on a blouse/shirt dress making frenzy for about 4 months and mentioned to Heather Lou that I’m whining to get back to knits and she said, “I’m the opposite, I’m craving wovens) she must have been giggling to herself because right afterwards Kalle was released and OF COURSE I had to order it immediately 🙂 seeing yours I know I did the right thing! Gorgeous in that crepe, length and sizing. I’ve noted what you said about the size because yours is perfect.

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    Melissa

    This looks great! I’m about to start making the Kalle and I was debating if should go by the suggested size or the finished measurements – thanks for the tip!

  3. Reply
    Samantha

    I just LOVE this pattern! Yours looks fab… *rushes out to buy the pattern*

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