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://Lovetosewpodcast.com

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.

 

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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:

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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.

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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.  Closetcasepatterns.com

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!!!

Change in Sewing Plans and Weight/Healthy Eating Update

So we have just ended the 1st week of February 2018 and last week was the first week of my challenge of trying to work on sewing goals and eating better.

Welllll, so things never work out as plan, lol.

So there were a lot of things happening last week.

Monday – we had tons of snow on Sunday so school was closed.  Had to hire a babysitter and work through lunch to pick up son early.  This meant no time to work out as goal is to workout on lunch in my office using dvds.  But ate very healthy!

Tuesday – I cut out my Simplicity 8511 dress pattern! And did a 45 min workout on lunch and stayed within calorie limit.

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Wednesday – hmmm son had a bad cough, kept him home from daycare and called into work.  But did do 1/2 run on treadmill when he took nap.  I also was able to do pattern adjustments to S8511 and cut out all the fabric.  I did pin pattern together to ensure fit and looks great.  Ate only 1200 calories.

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Thursday – son up all night with flu, didn’t get no sleep.  Need I say more!!! Nothing done.  Did great on eating!

Okay, also changed mind on sewing projects, stopped S8511 and decided to make son some more sleepers.

My almost 3 year old is obsessed with Batman and Pirates of the Caribbean the 5th one.  He has all the characters and loves to play with them everyday.

 

He loves wearing sleepers with feet.  His favorite is Batman with a fleece batman hat that was poorly made in China.  His Batman sleeper and hat are completely falling apart.

Onto Joann’s.  I found the greatest material.  I found superhero fleece, Justice League Snuggle Flannel, and Batman cotton knit. Along with some plain fleece to make all sorts of hats:

 

 

I also found this quilting like cotton of Pirates of the Caribbean (his favorite movie) fabric at Joann’s:

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It is only 44″ wide so I bought 4 yards of it.  It is not intended for sleepwear so I am still debating about what to make.

I am kind of thinking a lined spring hoodie?

Shorts?

Blanket?  Quilt?  Some type of Poster?

What do you think?

Friday:  Finally went to work, but had so much work that I worked through lunch, no workout, but still ate pretty good.  No sewing either.

Saturday:  I felt horrible.  Chest cold and yet more dreary snow.  No sewing and ate ice cream, oh well what can you do:)))

Sunday: Finally naptime sewing, oh yeah!!  Doing the superhero fleece sleeper.  But the pattern I have has button down the front and no feet.  So I changed it to be a 24″ zipper down front and adding feet.  I am about halfway done.  Had ice cream again, but still stayed good with calorie range.

End Results:  Good week, not weighing self, but eating better.  No time for book reading, or much else, but so happy to be making stuff for the little guy.  I did do a template of the hat. Now, all I need is time.  Stay tune for fun hats coming up.  I hope to finish my dress too!!

That’s it for now!  Let me know what I should make on out of the pirate fabric, I am open to anything.  He wears a 3T right now.