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. I 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.For 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. A 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!I 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!Hopefully 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?