Hi friends, and welcome to the end of another month of Project #SewMyStyle2018! This month we worked on one of my all-time favorite patterns, the Closet Case Patterns Kalle Shirtdress. I’ve made a lot of these in the past, but I was so excited to make some more. I find myself reaching for them often, so they’re a real workhorse in my wardrobe. While I had actually intended to make two Kalles this month, time got away from me and I only made the one. It’s absolutely beautiful, though, and it turned out exactly as I had envisioned it! Presenting: a sueded rayon Kalle shirtdress.
fabric c/o Harts Fabric. thanks for supporting the companies that keep the lights on here at Maddie Made This!
Sueded Rayon Kalle Shirtdress
This month’s Kalle is made in a sueded rayon fabric from Harts Fabric. Wow, you guys. This fabric is gorgeous! The color online is pretty true, but I’d say it’s just a touch more lilac in person. It looks really brown in my photos, but I would definitely call it mauve. It’s a little heavier than standard rayon, but still has beautiful drape. I’m not sure whether I used the right or wrong side for my Kalle — one side is a little shinier, and I designated that as the wrong side.
I make a pretty straight size six for Kalles. I don’t make any fit adjustments to the tunic length, and I’ve never made the crop (the version I didn’t get to this month!) so I don’t know what I’d do there. For the shirtdress style, I add 10″ to the hem and make the back hem match the front. (A few more details here.) For reference, I am 5′ 10″ – 11″, and all my height is in my limbs. This time I used the band collar, which I’ve never done before, and I love it.
The other major addition to my sueded rayon Kalle shirtdress is the waist tie. Since the rayon is a little heavier than standard rayon, I was concerned it would be really boxy. My waist tie is just two 1″ strips of fabric sewn and turned. I made some belt loops but haven’t put them on yet. Nothing fancy here! The tie really makes this dress, if I do say so myself. It’s like a totally different pattern!
You guys already know how much I love a Kalle, so there’s not too much to say about the sewing process that I haven’t already. The buttons on the front of my shirtdress look black, but are actually a really deep green. I wasn’t so sure how much I’d like them, but now that they’re on I think they’re perfect! They’re such a nice pop of contrast to the light fabric.
I’m planning to wear this dress a lot next month — we’re finally reopening to researchers at work and have a bunch of pre-opening cocktail parties to host. Five events in ten days! I’m hoping I survive… But my parents, brothers, and aunt are coming down for the last one, and I’m excited to introduce my brothers and aunt to the city, and all of them to my boyfriend. STL-ers, any recommendations on what to do with two teenage boys in the city besides City Museum?
I hope you all love your Kalles as much as I love mine. The feedback on Instagram and in our amazing Facebook group was a lot of people saying they were surprised how much they like their versions! I love hearing that. We’re so happy that you guys are stepping out of your style and skill comfort zones and finding out that you like something you thought you wouldn’t, or can do something you thought you couldn’t. That’s one of the main points of this!
Next month: the Marigold Jumpsuit and Trousers from Tilly and the Buttons! And yours truly is hosting — stay tuned for some amazingness!