Did you guys see that a brand new expansion pack for the Kalle Shirtdress came out yesterday?!?!?! I’ve been thinking for months that I would love to add sleeves to some fall Kalles. I’m so excited to get to making some amazing plaid shirts — maybe. If I feel like plaid matching, that is. In honor of this new expansion pack, I have kind of a #tbt post for you. It’s the silky print Kalle tunics I made waaaaaaay back in May! The photos I have were so old that I ended up reshooting them yesterday.
I think that saying I’m kind of obsessed with the Kalle is a fair evaluation. I made three tunics basically right after the pattern came out, and I’ve added some shirtdress views to my wardrobe as well. I’ve already talked about the Kalle tunic I made out of a gorgeous white poplin, so today I’m filling you in on the two I made out of silky prints.
Silky Kalle Tunics
Since you can read some about my fitting process (or lack thereof) on my first Kalle post, I’ll stick to telling you about the fabrics right now. I have two print Kalles: a bee print, and a floral print.
The bee print is from Fabric.com. I actually bought enough of it to make something else with it, although I haven’t decided what yet… And let me tell you, this print is worth waaaay more than what I paid for it. Seriously, what a bargain! It’s a super lightweight crepe de chine which is very opaque. It hardly frays at all, which is such a plus in my book because I hate finishing seams. I used pinking shears to cut out the pattern pieces, and didn’t finish the exposed seams any more than that. A bonus to the Kalle is that the only exposed seams are the two side seams. Holla!
The floral print is a silky print rayon from JoAnn. If you remember, the fabric gods smiled upon me when I found the white poplin there, because it’s such a nice fabric. Well, the fabric gods giveth and they taketh away. This rayon is so bad. It frays like nobody’s business, and it doesn’t feel as high quality as other rayons I’ve worked with. You win some, you lose some, and I lost with this one. I finished the interior seams with bias tape.
These Kalle tunics are such a different fit than my poplin one, and I love them both. The poplin Kalle is very structured, and kind of a preppy look. These silky Kalle tunics are way more… casual, I suppose. They’re drapey and loose where the poplin one is a little more fitted.
If I’m honest, these drapier tunics are a lot more my style. I mean, I totally love my other Kalle tunic, but I don’t think I’ll be making another in that weight. These tunics are so easy to throw on over jeans, and I don’t feel super dressed up in them. They’re perfect for layering, so I’ve been wearing them a ton at work while we’re packing!
I also don’t experience the same bulk in the back I talked about with the poplin Kalle tunic. I did inverted pleats on these tunics, just like on that one, so to me it says that issue is rooted in the fabric choice.
So that’s my experience with the Kalle tunics — I definitely have one more in my future, in one of the latest Rifle Paper Co. fabrics. And if I ever get brave enough to plaid-match (or lazy enough to skip it, which is more likely), JoAnn has sooooo many amazing flannel plaids I’d love to use. I mean, who doesn’t love cozy plaid shirts? I think that the styling of the Kalle, especially with the popover style front, would elevate flannel shirts from weekend wear to work appropriate, what about you?