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Kalle by Closet Case : My first Kalle

Pattern: Kalle by Closet Case
Fabric: Crepe // “Bouquet Des Fleurs” from Guthrie & Ghani (1.8m)
Little Bits: 100m Gutermann sew all thread, interfacing, buttons (etsy, from ages ago and can’t remember shop name sorry!)

Size: 8
Version: View A but with shirt collar
Mods: Lengthed front & back of view A by 10cm


This top is incredible. Kalle is very rewarding to sew and the end result is a beautifully drapey easy to wear shirt. This was a lot of firsts in sewing techniques for me. My first collar, first yoke style shirt, and first button band. Of course, because apparently, I don’t like to go easy on myself, I also did my first hidden button placket. The pattern was very easy to understand and I somehow got through all of it with results that even I couldn’t nitpick! I knew as soon as I was done I was going to make another.

Kalle by Closet Case: Close up of button placket
I have to say the scariest bit was probably the burrito rolling method of attaching the yoke. It’s clever, and I had already done a similar thing when sewing facing to the neckline of a shirt, but it feels so unnatural. Like I’m about to sew all my hard work into an enclosed roll of despair.

Kalle by Closet Case: Close up of hem

The only bit of the pattern I remember having an issue with was the sleeves. It doesn’t say in the printed pattern that you unfold the freshly pressed sleeve & only sew one layer to the shirt, then fold over the other half to the inside, where it then ends up hiding the seams. I won’t go into more detail here because the guides Heather from Closet Case pattern has written are excellent and well worth a read.

Here is a link to the sew along/guides for Kalle by Closet Case: https://closetcasepatterns.com/kalle-shirtdress-pattern-sewalong/
I highly recommend pouring yourself a coffee and reading through all of them before you start. They are well written with lots of helpful imagery.

So there we are! My first Kalle by Closet Case done and I’ve already started another.

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Pink floral pin cushions!

I’m very excited, just put up my first shop item. It’s a sweet little pink floral pin cushion. The top is made from durable quilting weight cotton and the cushion is filled with polyester stuffing all pulled together into a pretty flower shape by pink embroidery floss and buttons for decoration. I will be making some more to put into the shop, as well as some aprons (both half and full aprons). I haven’t decided yet if any hand knitted items will start making their way into the shop or not…

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Lacunacoiled

Pink floral pin cushion

Pink floral pin cushionPink floral pin cushion

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Lacunacoiled

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This one is mine!

Finished my girlie version, and this one is mine! I used petrol blue cotton drill for the solid colour and a floral from Tanya Whelan’s Ava Rose collection. I was going to put some frills on the bottom of the flap it to make it extra girlie but opted out at the last minute.

My laptop bag

My laptop bag


Next project is a tunic from the Sew Serendipity book. I bought the book nearly immediately following the book review from Flossie Teacakes. I don’t have a lot of time in the evenings for sewing in the next couple of days but hopefully have it done by the end of the weekend.

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Dan’s laptop bag

I’ve been working on this for a while now, there were absolutely TONS of pieces to cut out! I was following a pattern but he wanted stripes down the front flap and extra padding. The stripes weren’t hard to add in but because the padding had to go between the lining and the exterior I had to add in some binding along the top to close up the raw edges. I also spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to get the little side pocket just right… you know the pocket… that one on the side designed for mobile phones that no one ever uses? I’ve told Dan he has to use the little pocket regularly now to make it worth the aggravation of putting in on. 🙂

Here’s some pictures of it finished. Including one of the silly little pocket.
Dan's laptop bag

Dan's laptop bag

Dan's laptop bag