I so enjoyed making this Kalle Shirtdress. It was actually my first time sewing a Closet Case Patterns pattern, even though I’ve bought a few throughout the years, I had yet to make one! It feels good! I absolutely love the style of this shirt. There are enough special details that make it feel fun and fresh while being a classic pop over that I know I’ll be wearing a ton.
The Essex washed up beautifully as expected and I think it’s a perfect pairing for a top like this. The cotton/linen blend is so comfy and I feel like it made sewing this top a breeze. This is the Direction print from my collection for Robert Kaufman, called Forage. I love the subtle print and I think it feels like just the right scale for a garment. I used Interweave Chambray (in Denim) for the facings, and I love the subtle touch it adds, enough that I know it’s there and makes it a really special detail that you can’t find in a store.
I did add an inch and a half to the length of the top, but I think I could have gone at least another inch (for next time! and there will be a next time!). The top is cropped, but I have yet to find a high waisted jean that I like – working on it and maybe I’ll even make a pair! But I think it’s a must have for this cropped version, I just love it!!! The hem is so good and I love the button placket and collar. All the details really make it feel so pro.
Pattern: Kalle Shirtdress (View B with cropped length) with 1.5″ added length, by Closet Case Patterns
Fabric: Forage (by me!) for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, facings are Interweave Chambray in Denim (I could only find some at fabric.com, if you know of another shop that has some let me know and I’ll link them here, it’s been one of my favorite chambrays for years)
5 thoughts on “Forage Kalle Shirtdress”
Anna, I love the style of this shirt. And you are correct, it looks great in the Forage. This pattern would look great in tunic length as well, maybe with longer sleeves for fall. It would pair so well with a legging and a knee boot, or like you’re wearing it over skinnies with a little ankle booty. Oh the things we can make…Thanks for sharing. PS Having fun making Range Back Packs. Will post to Instagram soon.
Oh! It comes in tunic length. Super fun. I should’ve clicked on the link before commenting. Silly me. I might just have to order this pattern. Would love it in a soft, flowy chambray or any of the essex linens really. I wonder how long I can sew before I need sleep??
If I weren’t so old, I’d want one of those myself–absolutely adorable, although I’m not so keen on the longer in the back style. Top reminds me of the 60s, early 70s and I love it. (And you look so cute in it!)
Lovely seeing things made out of your gorgeous new fabric collection…
I just made and blogged this top myself, and I did lengthen it by 3”. I think the scale of your fabric is perfect with it. It looks great.