Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress Pattern - Print Pattern
- FABRIC & SUPPLIES
With a loose, body-skimming silhouette and a number of interchangeable features, the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress is the ultimate in chic, easy dressing.
View A is cropped with a wide-faced hem, View B is a tunic length shirt inspired by classic men's oxfords, and View C is a stylish shirtdress with a high-low hem. All versions feature a subtly curved yoke, kimono sleeves with arm cuffs, and a dramatically shaped hem.
Personalize your Kalle with a standard or band collar, an optional breast pocket, an inverted or box pleat, and button, popover or hidden placket.
Kalle is also available as a PDF download.
Model notes: Our model is 5'-8" and is wearing a size 12.
Make a fluid, drapey Kalle with soft fabrics like tencel, linen, rayon challis and silk crepe de chine. Crisper fabrics like poplin, chambray, voile, flannel and traditional shirtings will create a more structured silhouette.
YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS (45"/1.14M FABRIC)
0-6 = 2yd/1.8m, 8-20 = 2.25yd/2m
0-14 = 2.5yd/2.3m, 16-20 = 2.75yd/2.5m
0-14 = 2.75yd/2.5m, 16-20 = 3yd/2.75m
YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS (58"/1.5M FABRIC)
0-6 = 1.5yd/1.4m, 8-14 = 1.75yd/1.6m, 16-20 = 2yd/1.85m
0-6 = 1.75yd/1.6m, 8-14 = 2yd/1.85m, 16-20 = 2.25yd/2m
0-6 = 2yd/1.85m, 8-14 = 2.25yd/2m, 16-20 = 2.5yd/2.25m
- Lightweight fusible interfacing
- 1/2" shirt buttons (crop top = 5, tunic = 8, dress = 9, popover placket = 4)
- Polyester thread
Sewing level: Intermediate
Sizes: 0 - 20 (see our sizing chart here)
Finished measurements: See complete final measurements here
Instructions: English & French (French instructions available as PDF only)
Print at Home File (Letter & A4): 46 pages
Copy Shop (36"x48" / A0): 2.5 pages
From the Closet Case Patterns Community
This dress turned out well enough. It’s cute. The Centre panel, which gives the dress its character was a bit fiddly to make. I made my Charlie in a mid weight linen. Because of the gathering I’m the front, It may work best with a lighter weight fabric. I really love the deep pockets.
I love it, it’s great! I’m looking forward to making more Kalles.
I debated getting this pattern for a while, and I’m so glad I finally did! It’s wonderfully drafted and the instructions are perfect!
I get asked where I bought this dress all the time when I wear it. I made it in a lawn and I love the body with this pattern.
I can't rate this pattern highly enough. Great instructions, so much detail & the accompanying online sewalong was a game changer. I'm using the burrito method on all the shirt patterns I use from now on! I've made two Kalle shirt dresses already & they've both made regular appearances as part of my summer wardrobe.
I love everyone's versions of this pattern. I appreciate seeing that it works on many different bodies.