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!