Let me start off by saying I never had any intention of making this shirt. I love the patterns from Closet Case, but i dind’t think this style would suit my body type.
But it was the March item to make for the Stye Sew Me 2016 challenge. I participated for the Sunny Dress in January, but didn’t do the coat in February as I knew I would not have the time.
I received the discount code for the Kalle Shirt, but still didn’t intend on purchasing the pattern.
Then I listened to the Love to Sew Podcast of “My Favorite Things” Http://Lovetosewpodcast.com
Helen from the show said that this shirt was one of her favorite things. I thought hmm she is similar to my body type. So I thought why not give it a try.
If you choose to do PDF, be aware it it 46 pages. For me that is not a problem. I usually tape my PDF patterns together on my lunch break. Easy sewing thing to do!
It was supper easy to cut out, not the issue is what styles to decide. There are many different options to choose from:
I was originally going to do view C, but decided to do the popover packet verses the standard placket. I did add 1″ length to it as well. due to all the ease, I didn’t feel it was necessary to do any other adjustments. In the end, I did change it to the tunic as I thought that style suited me better.
I used this great cotton linen fabric from Fabric Mart. I love the print.
The instructions were great and easy to understand. I also found the Kalle dress sew along on Closet Case blog that was awesome and I actually followed that for the most part versus the instructions. Closetcasepatterns.com
For the Yoke, the sew along blog was great. The only complaint with the sew along blog is that at times it was difficult to tell which was right side and which was wrong side as they sometimes looked the same. But if you look at the instructions you can easily tell.
This was pretty easy to sew up and I love the collar installation instructions on the blog, so easy!!
The fabric was also a dream to sew with, although it does tend to wrinkle easily.
Here is the finished top. I did the box pleat and decided to add the front pocket.
Let me just say I love this. I plan on wearing it all spring with leggings and flats, or I could do Capri leggings and sandals for summer. I love how it feels and I like how it looks on me.
Pattern: Kalle Dress from Closet Case Patterns
Size Cut: 14 at neck and arms, 16 at waist, and 18 at hips.
My size: 40 bust, 33 waist 44 to 45 hips on a given day.
Style used: Tunic length with popover placket, box pleat and front pocket.
Pros’: easy to do, instructions were great, lots of different fabrics that you can use to add a variety, looks great, can do a dress or short top as well.
Cons’: I don’t really have none, although I am thinking about doing another one in a more blouse weight fabric that is more flowy.
Here are the final pics on me:
That’s it for now, until next time!!!