Kalle No. 4 – the white one with the band collar…

It’s another Closet Case Patterns Kalle shirt – as you can probably tell, this is quite possibly my favourite pattern ever. Long overdue for blogging!

A crisp white shirt should adorn the wardrobes of all women, right? To be pulled out and paired with jeans, a lovely skirt, worn underneath a black pinafore. Definitely a wardrobe staple.


I wanted a classic white shirt, and this white shirting had been in my stash for a while. It might even be a thick poplin, or a slight stretch cotton, as it’s quite stiff and a little thicker than other cotton shirtings I have. Anyhow, it seemed a great match for the Kalle.

I don’t have too much to say about construction as I’ve made this pattern up quite a few times now (a mustard tunic, a cropped floral, and a stripey version with full collar), and have spoken openly before about how much I love Closet Case Pattern instructions.

This shirt is based on the cropped variation, with a band collar the faced hem. I used the pattern pieces I’d adjusted for my floral Kalle (I blogged details of the alterations, mainly a dartless FBA), but also added length to ensure it wasn’t too cropped. As with all of my previous Kalles, I omitted the pockets as I like the clean look (and who uses shirt pockets anyway?!)


I said I had a lot of makes to catch up on on the blog, and I really do. I made this last year, in time for my trip to New York  in April. True to form, the buttons weren’t on in time for our trip so I sewed them on while sitting on the roof of our Air BnB just before we took some photos of my striped Kalle!

Since then it’s become a key item in my wardrobe. It’s versatile and comfortable, can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.


As you’ll see from the photos, it’s also been a staple on many a holiday now, and sometimes for the office too.

Off out for dinner in Greece
I managed not to spill and to keep the shirt white!
Couldn’t resist one more of this amazing allium!

One day I’ll try a different shirt pattern, for now I have at least another 2-3 Kalles in mind (and another in the blogging queue!).

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