I’m Emma of Emma and her Machine and for my dresses entry, I give you the Closet Case Patterns Kalle Dress. I have very quickly fallen in love with the beautiful, casual style of this shirt style tunic dress. I’ve made it twice already as actual shirts and I love the shape so this time I’ve made it as a dress.
I chose a gorgeous Viscose from Sew Me Sunshine called Hermione which is super drapey. I had 2 metres and more than enough.
There’s quite a few options to chose from to customise a Kalle. From making it previously, I’ve learnt that I prefer the pop over placket option, whilst it’s a bit trickier to get right, it’s a really nice look. I chose to omit the pockets and chose a inward pleat at the yoke. I also used the short collar as I wanted a more feminine look and I wasn’t sure a full collar would suit the style.
I constructed the dress as normal. The front placket instructions are fab and I think it produces sewing magic! Other changes I have made, which are personal preference are rather than sew the bands for the arms in two parts by sewing one side and then encasing the raw edges, I folded the band in half and attached it in one, right sides together with the arm hole. I finished this with my overlocker. I feel this makes a neater finish and it’s not as fiddly.
I also omitted the hem facing and opted for overlocking the entire hem and then turning it up once. I find this is a great way to hem a curve. However, I really feel that I should try the hem facings once because I’ve never tried it before and that’s how we get better isn’t it?
I used these bronze, metal poppers to finish the look and it was done. I love the shape of it, it’s such a forgiving style and the curved hem looks so fab.
I hope you all like it too!