Hip to be square – Closet Case Patterns Kalle tunic

kallebwfront5Hi there

I am finally posting about a new project – jumping right over several projects that I made in winter and early spring and going straight for my latest make – a tunic length Kalle!

The Kalle from Closet Case Patterns has been everywhere since it was released – I put off sewing it for ages as I was very sceptical about whether the loose shape would work for me, but actually I have found that I love being able to throw it on and not have to worry about anything feeling tight or clingy. kallebwside1I made my first dress length Kalle earlier in the year and you can read about it here. Since then I have made another in a lightweight denim and they have both had lots of wear – both with tights and boots when it was colder and now with sandals or trainers.kallebwside4For warmer weather I knew I wanted to go for the tunic length to wear over jeans and cropped trousers – I love the way it looks a bit like a really oversized version of the Deer & Doe Melilot shirts that I wear all the time.

I found this amazing print fabric in Ditto Fabrics in Brighton. Sadly I can’t see this print online. The fabric is a very lightweight cotton and the print is hand dyed and thus slightly irregular. It is available in red as well as black and I love the sharp black and white contrast. kallebwback1A word about pattern matching – I didn’t have a lot of extra fabric to get everything completely lined up – I matched the horizontals carefully across the front and back but because the squares are not completely even and the thickness of the lines varies hugely I wasn’t able to match exactly on the button placket or sleeve cuffs, so I went for a deliberate offset.

The fabric didn’t seem to have an obvious right and wrong side, which meant that I ended up with the placket on the wrong side with the interfaced side down, but I am choosing not to worry about it!kallebwfront3I have used bias on the hems of my dress length Kalle’s but for this one I sewed a very narrow hem and the fabric was pretty forgiving around the tight curves.

Finally – I managed to lose one of my buttons, so for the moment – I have a button-hole without a button – as sewing on buttons is one of my less favourite tasks it is possible I will never ever have a final button – but I have a fabulous black and white Kalle so I don’t really care!kallebwside2Hopefully I will be back sooner this time with some new sewing – so far I have been completely ignoring my careful spring sewing plan and being distracted by shiny new projects!

What are you sewing for summer?




5 Comments Add yours

  1. Donnalee says:

    I really like this in this fabric–


  2. wedreamaloud says:

    This fabric is perfect for the pattern.. and perfect for summer! I would like to sew something like that too

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou – as soon as I saw the fabric i knew what it needed to be!

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  3. Janet says:

    Shiny new projects have to be done, sometimes! Great work on the stripe matching and mismatching.

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou – mismatching saves so much hassle!

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