The Kalle ShirtDress 2nd Version

Hi Everyone!

Sorry I have been away.  My little was still having issues with his tonsils and after 3 separate doses of steroids and a bottle of antibiotic’s, he can finally breath when he lays down.  It has been so scary lately.  His tonsils were swollen so large that when he laid down he would stop breathing.  On top of that he had strep throat.

But all that is gone now!!! So much better!!! He still doesn’t sleep much.  He just turned 3 and only sleeps between 6 to 7.5 hours a night and about a 1.5 to 2 hour nap in the afternoon.  Not much time for Mama!!!

Anyways…. I have managed to make a 2nd version of the Kalle Shirtdress.  If you missed the other post here is the first version:


As you can see, I made the tunic length out of cotton here.

I love it, but I wanted to see how this would look if I used a fabric that had more drape to it.  Since I already had the pattern ready, I thought it would go fast and it did!!


Excuse the dress form, my favorite it being used (stay tuned for a future post about a store bought dress form vs. making your own).

I used this blouse weight woven fabric from Fabric Mart that has been in my stash for a bit.  I don’t see it on the Fabric Mart website so it must be sold out.


I did not do the sleeves like I did the first one.  Instead I used self made bias binding like I did for the hem.  This helped a lot as the fabric is slippery and harder to work with than the cotton.

I know it’s hard to tell but I alternate between black and white for my top stitching just to add some depth to the garment.

I kept the box pleat in the back like the first one as well.


I must say that I am not in love with the color or the way the print lies on me.  It seems like the blue one I made first goes better with my complexion.  I also feel like the pattern is adding more width across my middle.  Maybe a wrong fabric choice.

Oh well, I still wore it to work Monday, who cares, it is comfortable!!!!

Coming up on a future post, I just placed an order for Nutrisystem to help me on my journey.  I am looking at just losing 20 lbs, as I am finding it difficult to keep up with my little one.  Also then, I can get back into my me made clothes I made all last year!

I will keep you posted on how that goes!!!  Until next time!

The Kalle Shirt from Closet Case Patterns

Hi Everyone!

Let me start off by saying I never had any intention of making this shirt.  I love the patterns from Closet Case, but i dind’t think this style would suit my body type.

But it was the March item to make for the Stye Sew Me 2016 challenge.  I participated for the Sunny Dress in January, but didn’t do the coat in February as I knew I would not have the time.

I received the discount code for the Kalle Shirt, but still didn’t intend on purchasing the pattern.

Then I listened to the Love to Sew Podcast of “My Favorite Things” Http://

Helen from the show said that this shirt was one of her favorite things.  I thought hmm she is similar to my body type.  So I thought why not give it a try.




If you choose to do PDF, be aware it it 46 pages.  For me that is not a problem.  I usually tape my PDF patterns together on my lunch break.  Easy sewing thing to do!

It was supper easy to cut out, not the issue is what styles to decide.  There are many different options to choose from:


I was originally going to do view C, but decided to do the popover packet verses the standard placket.  I did add 1″ length to it as well.  due to all the ease, I didn’t feel it was necessary to do any other adjustments.  In the end, I did change it to the tunic as I thought that style suited me better.

I used this great cotton linen fabric from Fabric Mart.  I love the print.


The instructions were great and easy to understand.  I also found the Kalle dress sew along on Closet Case blog that was awesome and I actually followed that for the most part versus the instructions.

For the Yoke, the sew along blog was great.  The only complaint with the sew along blog is that at times it was difficult to tell which was right side and which was wrong side as they sometimes looked the same.  But if you look at the instructions you can easily tell.

This was pretty easy to sew up and I love the collar installation instructions on the blog, so easy!!

The fabric was also a dream to sew with, although it does tend to wrinkle easily.

Here is the finished top.  I did the box pleat and decided to add the front pocket.

Let me just say I love this.  I plan on wearing it all spring with leggings and flats, or I could do Capri leggings and sandals for summer.  I love how it feels and I like how it looks on me.

Pattern:  Kalle Dress from Closet Case Patterns

Size Cut:  14 at neck and arms, 16 at waist, and 18 at hips.

My size: 40 bust, 33 waist 44 to 45 hips on a given day.

Style used:  Tunic length with popover placket, box pleat and front pocket.

Pros’:  easy to do, instructions were great, lots of different fabrics that you can use to add a variety, looks great, can do a dress or short top as well.

Cons’:  I don’t really have none, although I am thinking about doing another one in a more blouse weight fabric that is more flowy.

Here are the final pics on me:

That’s it for now, until next time!!!

Sewing with your Weight Flutuations

Hi Everyone

Well I don’t know about you, but I know that my biggest challenge in sewing has been my weight.

weight gain

I know that sewing offers so much more opportunity to adjust to your weight than buying RTW clothes.

But now a days, it seems that by the time I get done making something, it is too tight.

The reason why, weight gain.  I am beginning to research how to let pants out, lol:)

let pants out

For me, weight has always been an obession of mine.  Coming from a long line of heridetary fat genes on both sides, it is hard not to be concerned.

I go between a size 6 an a size 16 all the time.  For instance, if I do:

1200 calories a day and workout 2.5 hours a day, I can be a size 6 (usually that only lasts about 2 weeks).

I can be a size 8 if I do between 1.5 and 1 hours a day with 1200 calories a day.

A size 10 (which was my norm) by working out 1 hour a day with 1200-1400 calories a day.

A size 12 with 1 hour a day and 1500 to 1800 calories a day.

If I stop working out, but just try to walk here an there and eat whatever I want, well, I just keep going up.  This is what I have been doing, going up.  I am almost to a size 16.

Here is one of my skinnier dresses I made when I was a size 8 in RTW about 4 years ago.

skinny dress

Now that I am 41, I am realizing that a number means nothing.  It is how you feel.  But the problem is, I don’t feel well.  I can’t really run with my almost 3 year old and my back is giving me problems for not being strong enough to carry little one around.

So for this year, I have put together some goals for 2018:

Try to be healthier.  I am currently a size 14 in RTW about to head to a 16, because everything is tight.  I refuse to get on the scale.  Do this by watching what I eat without being obsessive, and trying to fit in workouts when I can.  This does not mean a specific number, but by monitoring how I feel.  healthy

Since I am not going to pay attention to numbers, I will need to be more cautious of what garments I am going to sew.  So I have decided to make a wish list of items that would work with my body type, both high and low.


Here are the garments that I think would work best for me:

  • Simplicity 8511 – Shift Dress – I think this works good because it allows for extra room.  Then if I lose weight, I can always add a belt to cinch the waist.


  • Simplicity 8465 – Knit Top – This is knit, need I say more???


  • Concord T-Shirt from Cashmerette -T-Shirts are great staples for me, espically on the weekend, and it’s knit.


  • Dartmouth Top from Cashmerette – Another knit that I feel helps shape the body with the V-neck and wrap.


  • Mcalls M7121 – Long Maxi Dress – I live in Maxi dresses in the summer and they fit so great whether small or large.  Also another knit garment.


  • Charlie Caftan Pattern from Closet Case Patterns – Everyone did this one last summer, taking a closer look at it, I can see why.  It looks so comfortable and again will work whether big or small.


  • Kelly Anorak Jacket from Closet Case Patterns – I love this jacket, I need a nice comfortable fall jacket and this one looks like it could fit many sizes.


  • Bombshell Swimsuit from Closet Case Patterns – Hmmmm taking a risk with this one, but it’s a one piece.  I have such a long torso, that I have never been able to find a one piece.  So excited to make this one!!!


  • Mid-Rise Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Patterns –  I did make these already and they were great, but were super tight, as I had put on weight from start to finish.  But I seen a pair of Liz Clairborne in JCP and they have stretch elastic all within the waistband.  So I might add this to mine.  Also instead of long jeans, I am thinking that I am going to make them capris’ as I live in those all summer.
  • Morris Blazer from Grainline Studio –  Yet another Knit.  I like these for Spring and Fall.  This one looks like you can leave it open, so again will work with weight gain or loss.


  • Mcalls 7364 – Relaxed pants.  I really like these for summer.  Here in Michigan we get so many warm days and my little one likes to play outside.  They look like elastic around the waist, so these should be comfortable and allow me to chase the little one around.


  • Sequoia Cargos & Shorts from Itch to Stitch –  I am not sure these will work for me, but they sure look comfortable.  I like that they are from a knit.


  • Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet – for Spring.  I love my Blackwood cardigan I made and wear them daily.  So for Spring/Summer I think I am going to make out of a real light sweater knit and shorten the sleeves to 3/4.


  • Brasov Warp Top from Itch to Stitch –  Yes, I made this already, but I love how it covers you up.  I can bend down and nothing is hanging out, if you get my drift, lol.  With a little one, that is a necessity.  I do find myself wearing mine at least once a week, so yes, I need another one.  It is also a knit.


  • Lago Tank from Itch to Stitch – I love tank tops for summer.  I like the fact that I can sew and make the neckline higher.  Again so nothing hangs out.  Everything in RTW is always so low!!!


  • Slimfit Raglan from Patterns for Pirates –  A knit, surprise, surprise!!


  • Kerry Cargo Pant from Style Arc –  These look cool and comfortable, may not add all pockets to keep the bulk down, but will try anyways.


  • Vouge 9299 Misses Top and Belt –  This dress looks so cute, so I will have to give it a try!

Here is my 2018 wishlist.

My final thoughts on this.  I don’t put a lot of emphasis on losing or gaining weight.  I have been up and down for so long that it doesn’t really matter.

I have tried the so called “Lifestyle” change, but hey for me it doesn’t work.  I have the hardest time being consistent and maintaining.  Here I am at 41 and realizing, that this is just the way life is, take it or leave it.  One day your up and one day your down.

So for me, this is going to be a journey to do the best that I can do.  I will try each day with the best intentions, but hey, if it doesn’t work out, it’s okay.

So instead of beating myself up, I am going to use sewing to benefit me.  Sewing gives me such therapeutic care that I don’t want to stop.

So instead of making what’s on trend or what I think looks cute, I will take greater care to select garments that will work with me, small or big.  Garments that I know will fit weather I am small or big by the time I get done sewing, even if it ends up on the UFO pile, lol.

So come along and see where this journey takes me!!!