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: Currently available in sizes 0-20 only
- See our guide to printing & assembling PDF files here.
- Model notes: Our model is 5'-8" and is wearing a size 12.
Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress Pattern | PDF Download
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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 (45"/1.14M FABRIC)
0-6 = 2yd/1.8m, 8-20 = 2.25yd/2m
0-14 = 2.5yd/2.3m, 16-20 = 2.75yd/2.5m
0-14 = 2.75yd/2.5m, 16-20 = 3yd/2.75m
YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS (58"/1.5M FABRIC)
0-6 = 1.5yd/1.4m, 8-14 = 1.75yd/1.6m, 16-20 = 2yd/1.85m
0-6 = 1.75yd/1.6m, 8-14 = 2yd/1.85m, 16-20 = 2.25yd/2m
0-6 = 2yd/1.85m, 8-14 = 2.25yd/2m, 16-20 = 2.5yd/2.25m
- Lightweight fusible interfacing
- 1/2" shirt buttons (crop top = 5, tunic = 8, dress = 9, popover placket = 4)
- Polyester thread
- 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 ordered this pattern several months ago and when I got around to deciding to sew it I realized it had never arrived in the mail. I contacted Closet Core and they immediately offered to either resend or let me download PDF. I got the paper pattern and am very much looking forward to making it. So pleased with customer service:-) Thank you!!
As a Home Economics teacher I found your written pattern instructions confusing. I am somewhat new to Indie pattern companies—I’m in my 60’s and have mostly sewn with corporate sewing pattern companies since I was six years old. However I have sewn from many diverse Indie pattern manufacturers. In making the Kalli I referred to your online sew along tutorials. The most confusing part of the written instructions was on interfacing placement. Once I referred to the online sew along tutorial it became clear. I would also recommend including all views that are relevant included in your instructions. I am again referring to you placket(s) section. It’s a simple edit and makes the reading much easier and faster to understand.
this dress is cool and versatile, but as usual, I struggled with some of the CC instructions and had to turn elsewhere for direction. In particular, the yoke and sleeve instructions were unclear. Created the yoke based on YouTube instructions instead and had to use the Sewalong blog for the sleeve instructions since the ones included listed the steps in the wrong order.
I've made it twice, and I'm in love with this pattern.
My skill level: somewhat confident beginner. I have made exactly two other shirt patterns (the Cielo too and a Vogue long sleeved blouse). So I knew I *could* manage a shirt but I don't have a wealth of experience at them. This was my first stand collar.
The instructions for the Kalle are easy to follow. There is nothing suuuper tricky. The collar is probably the hardest part but it's really not bad. Bonus: no sleeves to set in!
Finally, it's a good looking shirt. It fits my style really well. I feel just as comfortable wearing it for the weekend as for work.
This pattern is versatile and has easy to follow instructions. The collar was much easier than I was expecting (having never made a collar before). I adjusted the pattern by lengthening the crop top by 2 inches front and back so that it would fall at my high hip. Great pattern. Fit well across my 48 inch bust as a size 20.
I purchased this pattern as a gift for my cousin’s birthday! She was thrilled! It arrived quickly and without issues. This purchase motivated me to sign up to the Learn to Sew class and to make garments of my own. It was awesome! I am 1 Cielo top muslin in and am currently cutting my linen to make 2 shirts. Thank you so much for putting the course together. Very excited to continue learning with more Closet Case Patterns in the future. Wishing motivation and success to te CCP team.