My favourite Kalle!

Another Closet Case Patterns Kalle. Yes, really. I believe this is Kalle number 5!

It’s also easily my most worn me made ever. And…yes I’m going to say it – my favourite ever me made. I’ve been waiting to share this for so long. This post is a bit of a photo fest!

Love an ice cream

The pattern

I make it no secret that the Kalle is my favourite sewing pattern. It’s such a versatile pattern, there are so many options, and the instructions are fantastic. I have a tunic style popover version which is so worn out I need to make a new one, a cute floral cropped version, a striped blue and white shirt with a proper collar, and a plain white blouse with a band collar.

What I didn’t have until I made this version was a dress version. And what a hole it has filled in my wardrobe. It’s so versatile – great with tights in winter, and perfect for wandering around in summer (especially on city breaks).


The fabric

Made up in a mystery fabric (it looks a lot like chambray but is definitely a different fibre), I love the colour, the contrast of the little white buttons, and the perfect length that means it’s equally wearable with bare legs in the sunshine as with tights in the depths of the Scottish winter.


It is of course a holiday staple, and in fact just a complete wardrobe staple. I need more in this dress length.


After toile-ing the tunic version, I did an FBA on the cropped floral version, and it’s made such a difference to the fit. I cannot wear RTW shirts as the buttons always bulge. With the FBA now sorted, and with careful button placement, this shirt fits perfectly on my bust. I love the length too, and the lovely dipped hem.

Carefully marking the button hole – this tool is really handy for accurate spacing of buttonholes

Final verdict

I don’t think I can quite put into words how much I adore this shirt. In fact I’m going to wear it to work tomorrow.

Porto train station tiles coordinated perfectly with this outfit!
Those mustard window panes
Couldn’t resist posing next to this motorbike covered in buttons outside a haberdashery
It’s also great for a winter city break paired with tights and a cardigan

I’m so excited to share it with you. You should make one. You won’t regret it!

The “I just finished my favourite make ever!” smile


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