By now it’s not a shocker that I luuuuuurve the Kalle shirtdress. Like, totally love. The fact that I had two separate Kalles in my blog backlog that I could post this month is evidence enough! I really feel like today’s Kalles return to their roots, though. It’s because they’re directly inspired by the OG Kalle shirtdress! Seriously, I feel like this is kind of like Kalle inception. It’s still a little early in the season here to be wearing a Kalle shirtdress without some leg coverage. But I’ve been layering these babies over tights all winter, and they’ll definitely be headed on a trip to Italy this summer!
Lengthened Kalle Shirtdress
Fabric and Sizing
I make a straight size 6 in all my Kalles, no modifications on the original pattern. I don’t adjust for height in the tunic length. These dresses were the first time I made a #sewingtall adjustment for this pattern! I added 10 inches to the length, and adjusted the back so that the length difference was not so dramatic. This makes the Kalle shirtdress hit right at the knee: perfect for hot summers, but also for going into ancient churches, ya feel?
The fabric for both dresses is the base-level rayon from Fabric.com. I bought a bunch of different colors last summer and it was absolutely a great decision to make. No, it’s not the highest quality rayon, but for about $6 a yard it’s a goldmine! If nothing else, it’d be great muslin fabric.
Most of the colors I bought were dark, and therefore pretty opaque. I doubled up the white rayon (and it was white, not cream) because it was kind of sheer. I don’t think that the added weight negatively affects the hang of the dress.
Sewing the Kalle Shirtdress
There’s nothing really different about sewing the lengthed Kalle shirtdress than the normal one. Except adding about five more buttons, of course! I will take the opportunity to advise you to use pins if you’re working with more than about two layers of rayon, though. It’s pretty shifty. Also, if you’re using rayon to self-line, the bias hem is definitely the way to go. I can sometimes get away with a self-hem on a Kalle. With four layers of fabric, though, it just gets too bulky.
I can definitely see one or two more of the Kalle shirtdress in my future! A creamy linen one would definitely complete my stalker-like replica of Heather’s original dress. And an olive linen would just be so cute! Maybe my next versions will include in-seam pockets… you can never have too many pockets, after all.
How’s your Kalle going this month? Are you making any fit adjustments?