Kalle Shirt, x2

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I have a three week old baby, which means that my schedule is totally twisted and my brain is fried. I can’t think of anything clever to lead off this post, so let’s just get right into the project write-ups!

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Kalle Shirt #1: Cropped version

Pattern: Closet Case Files Kalle Shirt/Dress, view A

Fabric: Red floral cotton voile, Mood Fabrics

Notions: Featherweight fusible interfacing, thread, and 1/2″ buttons

Cost: pattern- $18; materials- $21

Sizing and Alterations: Cut the size 4 cropped shirt, lengthened by 3″. Used the band collar, standard placket, and inverted pleat (back bodice).

Time: 4 hours

Likes, dislikes, notes for next time: Really love this shirt. Would make this same style again with the hidden placket; I’d like to make a version in eyelet, and maybe in a striped shirting. I think the crop style works particularly well with fabrics without much drape. It’s still a little short for me, despite adding 3″ to the length (I’m 5’10”); next time I’d add 4″ and it’ll be perfect.

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Kalle Shirt #2: Tunic version

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Pattern: Closet Case Files Kalle Shirt/Dress, view B

Fabric: Yellow floral rayon, JoAnn

Notions: Featherweight fusible interfacing, thread, and 1/2″ buttons x 4

Cost: pattern- $18; materials- $18

Sizing and Alterations: Cut the size 4 tunic shirt, with the band collar, popover placket and box pleat (back bodice). I lengthened the front by 2″ but forgot to lengthen the back by the same amount– was trying to make the front and back more equal in length but all I did was make a mess. I had no baby at that time and therefore no excuse.

Time: 4 hours

Likes, dislikes, notes for next time: I’d actually shorten this shirt by 1-2″ next time– otherwise the sizing is great. This fabric is a wrinkly mess- I’d like to make it again in something equally flowy but that also fits into my lifestyle– primarily, that I only iron under threat of death. I also think this shirt would look good made from a sheer fabric, although I’d have to figure out how to interface the collar… probably above my skill level!

(me, at 32 weeks pregnant– and with plenty of time in my day to clean that smudgey mirror.)

 

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