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.
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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
This was a bit of a challenge to make but I enjoyed the process and loved the end result. I learned a lot while making it and plan on making another one in the near future!
As a new sewist, I think I did what every new sewist does out of extreme excitement: bought a truck load of fabric and patterns! After a ton of research, I came across Closet Core Patterns and was immediately in love. The Kalle Shirt was officially my first project and it was a breeze. I have made three so far and have plans to make at least three more.
The facing hem on the cropped version was a little difficult to sew with a french seam so I wouldn’t recommend that seam finish on that view.
I absolutely recommend this pattern for beginners along with the ClosetCore Sewing Course! Happy Sewing, all!
This is my absolute fav pattern. I’ve had it a few months and already made 2 with many more planned! It’s awesome! Instructions are great, it’s enjoyable to see and the finished garment is super comfy.
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.