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 (print and PDF) and 14-30 (PDF)
See our guide to printing & assembling PDF files here.
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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 (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, sizes are layered.
Copy Shop (36"x48" / A0): 0-20 = 2.5 pages, 14-30 = 3 pages, sizes are layered.
- 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'm renewing my love of sewing in my retirement and seeking out patterns to "make my own". Kalle Shirt is already on my list of go-to tops! First make was a test run blue gingham in January, tunic length with full placket and short sleeves. I shortened by 3 inches to fit my petite frame and cut the tail to match the front. The burrito method for the yoke was new to me and worked a charm. I chose the full collar. After several careful readings of the instructions (and some trial-and-error), the finished product is perfect in my view. Can't wait for summer to wear this proudly!
Second make is also the tunic with the hidden placket and 3/4 sleeves from the sleeve extension package in a turquoise rayon print christened the "peacock shirt". Pattern matching had me cross-eyed for a while, but overall, I'm happy with the result. I'm not sure what I did differently for the second except for reducing by one size, but the shoulder seam is slightly back.
Kalle, in any shape or form is my forever favourite! I have purchased approximately fifty PDF patterns, none, come close to my Kalle. I have made various shirts and dresses, with the popover, hidden placket and the standard placket, with both hemlines, and also adjusted the hemline. I love them all, I have never received so many compliments, and, am quite happy to share that it is the all famous Kalle, from Closet Case.
J’ai crée trois magnifiques chemisiers grâce à ce patron. Les explications sont claires et la couture se fait facilement. Je vous le recommande.
This was my first experience with CC patterns. I love the end product - the fit, the style, etc are all great. I do think the instructions and the tutorials could be improved especially the diagrams and photos. Using examples with very obvious differences in right and wrong sides would make it easier to follow. I am an experienced sewer so did not have too many problems but if I was a beginner it would have been harder. Love the large sizes. Thank You!!
Firstly, I want to say I have made a few closet core (case) patterns with no trouble at all: they are some of my most worn garments (I have 6 pairs of Pietra pants!). I am a generally experienced sewer but haven't made many shirts with collars/collar stands. I found that the neckline piece on my Kalle shirt was way too big for the collar piece (many cm). I ended up making it fit because I had already invested a bit of time making the front placket and yoke (very nice), but was disappointed and frustrated that I had to make alterations. The instructions are really good and easy to understand, so I'm not sure what I could have done wrong. I used a good quality quilting cotton. Anyway, the finished product is very nice in the end and fits true to size. My fabric is patterned so you can't really notice the little darts I made to take up the extra fabric around the neck line. I've given the pattern 2 stars because I think this problem is quite a put-off for me and probably won't make it again.
I love this shirt pattern. Expect to make many, many more iterations :)