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)