Hi! I am on a major Closet Case Patterns bender right now. I just finished two Kelly Anoraks, two pairs of Carolyn pajama pants/shorts, I’m working on some Ginger jeans, and now I’m here to share my newest Kalle Shirtdress. I love my first Kalle, which I made in tunic length for the sample that is in the Indiesew pattern shop. I was really eager to make the dress version and I jumped on this Tencel twill when I saw it in the Indiesew shop.
The Tencel twill was part of the Fall/Winter Collection and it is currently sold out. (There is a pretty watermelon Tencel available now, though.) I was so excited when it came in the mail– it’s got such a nice weight and heavy drape. I knew it was going to make a lovely Kalle dress.
Before I started I was feeling a little bit nervous about sewing the collar in the Tencel. So far all of the collars I’ve sewn have been in stable cotton fabrics and nothing so drapey. It turned out that I had no reason to be worried. The Tencel didn’t shift around and my collar turned out very nicely.
I made the same size as my Kalle tunic, a 10 graded to a 14 at the hips. I lengthened the dress by 2″ when I was cutting, but then after I tried it on during construction I decided to shorten it 1.25″. I shortened from the center front and back tapering to nothing at the highest point of the curve at the side seams. That curve hits pretty high on the leg and I’m glad I made mine lower.
I waffled back and forth about trying out the new Kalle sleeve expansion that Closet Case Patterns recently released. The sleeves would make the dress wearable on its own in the colder months of the year, but I decided that if I added them that I probably wouldn’t get much wear out of this dress when it’s warmer. As it is now, I can layer it with a sweater or my Hampton jean jacket and pair it with boots. (And probably tights, soon! It was 30 degrees when we took these pictures and I was freezing without the jacket!)
The drape of this Tencel and the volume of the Kalle are just perfect for each other! This dress feels so luxurious because of the amazing fabric. I love feeling all of the Tencel swish around me when I move. This is sort of a different silhouette for me but I really love it. I am looking forward to trying the shorter version of the Kalle soon and I think I’ll probably try out those new sleeves on another Kalle tunic this winter.
What was your last pattern obsession? Have you tried the Kalle Shirtdress?
p.s. The fabric for this dress was provided by Indiesew since I am part of their blogger team. All opinions are my own.