The “About Me” section on pattern designers’ websites is unfailing click bait for me. I almost always read that first before looking at their pattern shop. (I guess I should probably have an About Me section as well.)
When I read this section about the Closet Case Pattern brand, I found it interesting that Heather Lou used to be an interior designer for commercial spaces. Having worked in commercial building design myself, I have first hand accounts with interior designers and I can attest that they care DEEPLY about aesthetic (and I mean that in a nice way.) I used to be a mechanical engineer and had many discussions with commercial interior designers about how they DIDN’T want the ductwork of my mechanical system barreling down the middle of their gorgeous office space.
Moving into present day, I’m not designing mechanical systems anymore and Heather isn’t designing commercial spaces anymore (that I know of), but instead, women’s clothing patterns with on-point aesthetic. Things are looking up for me, too, because sewing my own wardrobe is way more fun than designing building systems.
That aforementioned passion for aesthetic that I found to be rampant (and rabid) in the interior designers that I’ve worked with before is definitely evident in this pattern (and her other patterns). Even the pattern itself has a very stylized aesthetic. This is an ancillary perk to working on Closet Case patterns because the cool font and gorgeous grain line arrows aren’t going to help you sew a perfect collar (the instructions will) but I really enjoyed working with this pattern. It’s pretty to look at.
I love this new Kalle Shirtdress. Love. The more I wear it the more I love it. This is the second pattern that I’ve worked on by Closet Case. My Ginger Jeans, unfortunately, are residing in that I-have-to-re-do-the-zipper-fly-and-I-don’t-want-to purgatory right now, but I expect them to be finished soon enough!
For the Kalle Shirt, a Size 8 tunic with the full button placket. I almost muslined it….and then didn’t because I figured the fit would be forgiving enough. I absolutely loved how it turned out!! There is quite a bit of fullness in the back but I did the inverted pleat and so that is mitigated a little bit. I usually add 1.5-2″ of length to all of my garments. Since this was already a long tunic, I decided to only add 1″ and I did not need to do that. It is plenty long on me and the extra inch doesn’t do anything in terms of coverage.
The construction was easy and straightforward. Admittedly, I didn’t reference the instructions for every step because this wasn’t my first rodeo with collared shirts. I spot checked the instructions every once in a while, but was able to navigate pretty effectively on my own. I do like how she phased the construction, though, and has the collar construction as the finishing step as opposed to the hemline binding. The instructions were clear, concise, and easy to follow. I did add some extra steps like steaming some memory seam allowances and adding stitching lines for precision for the collar construction….habits that I’ve picked up from previous rodeos.
This collar has been my best so far…..by far. I think I used the most obedient fabric in existence, so that helped immensely, but I can’t stop looking at the inside of my collar stand. I did not interface my collar stand or collar. This linen/cotton blend had enough stiffness for me and I didn’t want the collar to be too rigid anyway. I did, however, interface the button placket per the instructions.
I went full-blown “summer vibe” on this shirt. I mean, I even put shell buttons on it for crying out loud. The fabric is actually fairly transparent but that’s why I liked it. It added to my summer effect (or should I say aesthetic?) that I was aiming for.I bought when I was in Salt Lake City at Tissu Fine Fabrics. I had the privilege of shopping with my sewing friends, Gabriela from Chalk and Notch and Sara from The Sara Project.
I would definitely recommend this pattern. It is a very stylish shirt and there are so many ways that you can wear it. For me, I think I’ll stick with the tunic and probably do some placket and color-blocking variations. I’ve worn it a TON since I’ve finished it and I can’t wait to make more!
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