Kalle Shirt

I initially thought I would only make the Kalle shirt dress from the Closet Case pattern when it came out (as seen here), but as soon as I saw the photos of the model in the white cropped Kalle shirt, I was obsessed with that look, too. This is not a silhouette I wear often, if at all. Cropped, loose, AND boxy?? Goes against everything I thought to be true about my body and what “looks good” on it. But I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that I am challenging those notions. And why shouldn’t I? The shirt is an amazing design, and I haven’t seen a pattern quite like it before.

That low hem in the back, while too dramatic in the fugly McCalls dress I made, looks really chic and fun in the Kalle shirt, and I love the option of the low, rounded collar design with it. I also like that it’s structured while simultaneously providing some party in the overall silhouette. The whole garment looks unique and cool, one of those tops that I would find in an expensive boutique when I shopped RTW and want to buy for myself, but would ultimately decide against, nervous that the look was too hipster for my tastes.

I had a white printed cotton in my stash from LA Finch Fabrics that I knew would look perfect in the design, but I am sure this was due in no small part to the fact that the sample of the shirt in the pattern photos was also made from a white, crispy, stable material (what can I say? I’m a sucker for inspiration photos!). I had no idea if I would like wearing it or not, but I had to give it a try, and I’m really glad I did because I think it came out great. Unfortunately you can’t see the subtle design of the fabric very well in these photos, but it has a pastel colored abstract line drawing that spans across the yardage, providing just enough color to make it interesting, but not too much to detract from the cool lines of the pattern.

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I just barely eeked out the pieces for this pattern from my two yards of fabric and I did a pretty crappy job of pattern matching because I didn’t have much wiggle room. I also neglected to true my fabric before I started cutting out my pattern pieces (lazy!), so the back piece, which was cut on the fold, is just a tiny bit slanted. It isn’t super obvious to anyone but me, probably (story of my sewing life), and thankfully the subtlety of the print helps hide it, too.

I made some weird mistakes when constructing the hidden placket of my Kalle Shirtdress but maybe since I used the regular button band option on this top, which I have much more experience with, it came together like a breeze. I really like the bottom facing used on this blouse- it encompasses the entire hem of the shirt and gives the hem a little bit of weight to make it fall beautifully, while also giving it a polished-looking finish. So far I love pairing this top with my Morgan/ Ginger Mash-up Jeans and also my Flint shorts, but I have a feeling that it would look really fantastic with a fitted knit pencil skirt, too, which I don’t actually have in my closet. I tried the Colette stretch fabric mini skirt pattern a few years ago and it fit so poorly that I didn’t even know what to do to make adjustments to it, but I am a more advanced sewist now, so maybe I could figure it out? I’m pretty “meh” about Colette sewing patterns for my body though, so I would also be interested in hacking the Nettie dress and bodysuit by Closet Case into a skirt and just adding a waistband to it since that pattern is such a great fit for me.

As far as the other details of the make, I love them all just like I love them in the dress I made; loose, easy-fit sleeves, roomy fit in the bust and belly, and a length that works perfectly for my particular height and taste- this top just barely grazes my midriff so it doesn’t make me feel too exposed. It’s easy to alter the overall length of this pattern to your own preferences, though.

All in all a really fantastic pattern from Close Case that I am loving and interested in making again! I would love to see what this blouse would look and feel like in a less sturdy fabric, like a rayon or silk, and LA Finch Fabrics gifted me a gorgeous cut of black tencel recently, which is buttery smooth and rich to the touch that I think would look fantastic in this silhouette. I don’t make very many garments out of black fabric unless it’s used as an accent or it’s color blocked, so this would be a nice push out of my comfort zone, which I am really into lately. But I also already know what I would want to pair with it- I have a beautiful wool tweed pencil skirt that I made years ago that would look great with black, but would also look great with the shape of this loose blouse! I will probably go with the standard collar on this version just to mix it up a bit and I am already convinced that it would be a fierce looking ensemble. Consider it bumped up on the TO MAKE list!


13 responses to “Kalle Shirt”

  1. Lyssa Avatar

    So lovely! Love that print and the cropped silhouette is quite flattering! May I ask if you made the size that corresponded to your measurements? It seems like quite a few people are recommending sizing down for this pattern, sometimes by several sizes.

    1. Jasika Nicole Avatar

      Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I believe I talked more about the sizing and fit of this pattern in my blog post about the Kalle dress but I neglected to add those details to this post. I made the size that my bust measurements fit into and I am really happy with the fit, which is generally loose fitting, but I don’t feel like I am swimming in it, which I think is how the pattern is drafted to look; the shoulders, arms and bust area are more snug than the body of the short, which is how I anticipated it would feel. I tend to fit very well into Closet Case sizing, so aside from the occasional blending between waist and hip sizes (which I do for the pants from this company) I don’t size up or down for the patterns, and so far I have always been happy with the fit it provides. I could see how one would want to size down for a more snug looking shirt, but I wanted the boxier, looser, more modern feel that came with this specific silhouette, so I guess it’s just a matter of taste.

      1. Lyssa Avatar

        Thank you so much!

  2. Sarah Avatar

    I love this so much! It’s the perfect combination of fabric and pattern. One of my favourite of your always fabulous garments!

  3. PsychicSewerKathleen Avatar

    Love your Kalle! I’m still working on mine – my first muslin was so off course fit-wise. More fiddling yet to do ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a large bust and I know Heather drafts for a B cup so I felt I should do an FBA. I followed Closet Case online instructions for how to done on the Kalle but that didn’t work unfortunately for me. The raglan and FBA somehow just didn’t sit right. I’ve seen so many of these I love and had a fantasy of one in a nice medium weight off-white linen I’m determined ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Denise Avatar

    Looks AWESOME. Well done! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Tasha Avatar

    completely unrelated, but you are so freaking beautiful!

    okay, love the fabric you used for the shirt! I ended up going out and buying the sample fabric lol I’m debating on whether or not to make a replica of the sample or to do the tunic instead

    1. Jasika Nicole Avatar

      OMG Tasha, HUSH!!!! I mean, THANK YOU! And also HUSH! hahahaha. PLEASE make this shirt (or the tunic!) out of that fabric… It’s so pretty and cool to wear and perfect for summer and I love the thought of having a sewing twin out in the world wearing this ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Aubergine Kenobi Avatar
    Aubergine Kenobi

    That is one beautiful shirt! You look great in it! Hurray for pushing our boundaries!
    I know you are not very keen on Named patterns, but as the owner of a rather prominent derriere, I can wholeheartedly recommend their Shadi knit skirt. It is not just a tube of fabric, it has nice shaping, and it is super easy to make! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Jasika Nicole Avatar

      Thanks so much for the advice- I am much more keen on Named patterns than Burda, so I will definitely give the skirt a shot ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Rachel Avatar

    Hi thank you for this post about the Kalle shirt! Iโ€™m about to make one with a color-flecked cotton lawn. I was wondering, do you have any posts about how you style your hair like that? Itโ€™s such a cool style for curly hair!

  8. Meghna Avatar

    Oh my gosh!!! I love this. I just bought my first sewing machin 2 weeks ago, and therefore began sewing 1.5 weeks ago!! The first 3 days I just sat and stared at my machine!! Lol. Anywayโ€ฆI also began binge listening to the Love To Sew podcast the day after I bought my machine and just heard your interview on one of the earlier on episodes! You were amazing and I am so excited to discover your blog! Honestly I donโ€™t watch TV so donโ€™t know much about Tv shows/actors so only discovered you as a Sewist! Your makes are amazing and I hope to be as great at the sewing craft as you are one day!

    1. Jasika Nicole Avatar

      thanks so much for your kind words, and welcome to the wonderful world of sewing ๐Ÿ™‚

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