Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress Pattern
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, short dolman 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.
Related Products: Kalle Sleeve PDF Pattern Expansion
Sizes: 0-20 and 14-30 (PDF) and 0-20 (Print only)
Model notes: Our model Laura is 5'-8" and wears a size 12 from the 0-20 size range. Vanessa is 5'-10" and wears a size 18 from the 14-30 range.
See our guide to printing & assembling PDF files here.
Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress Pattern | PDF Download
Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress Pattern - Print Pattern
Fabric and Supplies
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 (SIZES 0-20)
View A (Cropped)
45" / 1.15m: 0-6 = 2yd/1.8m, 8-20 = 2.25yd/2m
58" / 1.5m: 0-6 = 1.5yd/1.4m, 8-14 = 1.75yd/1.6m, 16-20 = 2yd/1.85m
View B (Tunic)
45" / 1.15m: 0-14 = 2.5yd/2.3m, 16-20 = 2.75yd/2.5m
58" / 1.5m: 0-6 = 1.75yd/1.6m, 8-14 = 2yd/1.85m, 16-20 = 2.25yd/2m
View C (Shirtdress)
45" / 1.15m: 0-14 = 2.75yd/2.5m, 16-20 = 3yd/2.75m
58" / 1.5m: 0-6 = 2yd/1.85m, 8-14 = 2.25yd/2m, 16-20 = 2.5yd/2.25m
YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS (SIZES 14-30)
View A (Cropped)
45" / 1.15m: 14-20= 2.25yd/2m, 22-30= 3yd/2.75m
58" / 1.5m: 14-20 = 2yd/1.85m, 22-30= 2.25yd/2m
View B (Tunic)
45" / 1.15m: 14-20= 3yd/2.75m, 22-30= 3.25yd/3m
58" / 1.5m: 14-20 = 2.5yd/2.25m, 22-30 = 2.75yd/2.5m
View C (Shirtdress)
45" / 1.15m: 14-20 = 3.5yd/3.2m, 22-30 = 3.75yd/3.4m
58" / 1.5m: 14-20 = 2.75yd/2.5m, 22-30 = 3.25yd/3.2m
- Lightweight fusible interfacing
- 1/2" shirt buttons (0-20: cropped = 5, tunic = 8, dress = 9, popover placket = 4, 14-30: cropped = 7, tunic = 9, dress = 11, popover placket = 4)
- Polyester thread
Sewing level: Intermediate
Sizes: 0-20 and 14-30 (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): 0-20 = 46 pages, 14-30 =60 pages
Copy Shop (36"x48" / A0): 0-20 = 2.5 pages, 14-30 = 3 pages
- Choosing a Size and Pattern Adjustment
- Sewing a Standard Button Placket
- Sewing a Hidden Button Placket
- Sewing a Popover Button Placket
- Sewing a Curved Patch Pocket
- How to Sew a Shirt Yoke (The Burrito Method)
- Sewing Sleeve Cuffs
- How to Sew a Band Collar
- How to Sew a Collar (Traditional Method)
- How to Sew a Collar the Easy Way
- How to Sew a Curved Faced Hem
- Sewing Bias Hem and Side Seams (View B &C)
Related Sewing Tutorials
Pattern Hacks & Inspiration
From the Closet Core Patterns Community
I purchased the Kalle shirt/dress pattern as well as the sleeve PDF to bring with me to the U.K. to make over Christmas with my daughter. It got lost in the mail. When I contacted Closet Core to reorder another one, hoping to get the sale price, I was offered a replacement mailed right to the U.K. address. I only paid for the shipping. What a great response from a such a caring group.
Great pattern and nice design overall. I got confused with the instruction of the button band on one side and cut my fabric wrongly. I also had problem sewing the collar. But my two biggest issues are 1) the fabric sticks out on the back at the should blades and 2) I bought the sleeve extension version and finding it a bit too small where the sleeves join the body. Having said that I still give 4 stars and the output was beautiful.
This was my first shirt dress and I was intimidated but this pattern was perfect, along with the online sew-along. I was going to do sleeves but I didn’t read the directions properly (that’s one me) so kept it the short sleeves. The size 16 fit me perfectly with no alterations.
I just learned to sew this summer (from Closet Core patterns amazing learn to sew clothes class) and was able to make this pattern (with the help of the sew alongs) without too much frustration. It was difficult for a beginner, but the incredibly clear instructions made it possible. I'm pleased with the results. I made the dress, and it is a little boxy, but after adding a tie around the middle I think it makes it a lot more flattering! Also, I used cotton lawn, so it might be less boxy with a flowier fabric. Making the crop version next, and looking forward to trying out different fabrics! Thanks!
Great, fun pattern. Made the first one out of an inexpensive quilting cotton to get a feel for it before committing my good fabric. Can’t wait to make many variations.
Wonderful pattern and easy to follow instructions! I got plenty of wear out of it as I made the short version in a white linen.