The selected pattern this month for Sew My Style is the Kalle Shirt & Dress pattern from Closet Case Patterns, and if you’ve been following my blog or instagram for any length of time you’ll know that the Kalle is one of my favourite patterns! I already had some fabric put aside for a View C dress version, so it was a no brainer to make it up this month for SMS.
I saw this gold pineapple tencel fabric at Spotlight months and months ago and couldn’t get the idea of a pineapple tencel Kalle dress out of my head. After months of picking up the bolt and then deciding to put it back again, a sale came along and I decided to pull the trigger.
This time around I made View C, which is the dress version. I paired it with the popover placket, standard collar, and box pleat. One of the best decisions I made when I bought this pattern was to have it printed at Officeworks on A0 & A1 sheets, so it’s very easy for me to trace off new pieces anytime I feel like making a new version!
This is my fourth Kalle, so I’m very familiar with the construction, so it really didn’t feel like it took too much time at all. It is, however, my first time making a dress length Kalle. I decided to lengthen the pattern by 4 inches, based on my experience with the tunic and cropped shirt. In the end I think it has ended up feeling a bit too long, and I’ve toyed with the idea of cutting a couple of inches off the hem. We’ll see whether laziness prevails!
This is my first box pleated version! I’ve always gravitated towards the inverted pleat before, but I love the box pleat here!
The only other change I made was to grade out at the hips, since my hip size is typically a couple of sizes larger than my bust size. In hindsight I probably could have just made a straight size 4 and been fine, but I don’t think it really matters. I just wanted to avoid it clinging or being too tight around my hips while sitting down, so I’ve definitely achieved that goal!
Overall, there isn’t much else for me to say about this pattern that I haven’t said in the past! It’s definitely a staple in my wardrobe by now. I think that perhaps 4 is enough for the time being, but I wouldn’t rule out making more if the right fabrics came along!
Meanwhile, my Blackwood Cardigan is proving to be a real workhorse in my wardrobe. It goes with almost everything and is always my first choice if I need a light sleeve!
Pattern: Kalle Shirt & Dress by Closet Case Patterns
Fabric: Tencel from Spotlight
Size: 4, graded out to 8 at the hip
Modifications: Lengthened by 4″ at the lengthen/shorten line
Notions: Buttons – stashed years ago
Cost: $29.98 (Fabric) + $0 (Pattern – stash*) + = $29.98
*For simplicity, I track the cost of my patterns in the first garment I make from it, rather than attempting to divide it amongst all future garments.