Closet Core Patterns Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress (Intermediate)

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With a loose, body skimming silhouette and a number of interchangeable features, the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress is the ultimate in chic, easy dressing.

View A is cropped with a wide faced hem, View B is a tunic length shirt inspired by classic men's oxfords, and View C is a stylish shirtdress with a high-low hem. All versions feature a subtly curved yoke, grown-on sleeves with arm cuffs, and a dramatically shaped hem.

Personalize your Kalle with a standard or band collar, an optional breast pocket, an inverted or box pleat, and button, popover or hidden placket.


Make a fluid, drapey Kalle with soft fabrics like tencel, linen, rayon challis and silk crepe de chine. Crisper fabrics like poplin, chambray, voile, flannel and traditional shirtings will create a more structured silhouette.


View A
0-6 = 2yd/1.8m, 8-20 = 2.25yd/2m

View B
0-14 = 2.5yd/2.3m, 16-20 = 2.75yd/2.5m

View C
0-14 = 2.75yd/2.5m, 16-20 =  3yd/2.75m


View A
0-6 = 1.5yd/1.4m, 8-14 = 1.75yd/1.6m, 16-20 =  2yd/1.85m

View B
0-6 = 1.75yd/1.6m, 8-14 = 2yd/1.85m, 16-20 = 2.25yd/2m

View C
0-6 = 2yd/1.85m, 8-14 =  2.25yd/2m, 16-20 = 2.5yd/2.25m


  • Lightweight fusible interfacing
  • 1/2" shirt buttons (crop top = 5, tunic = 8, dress = 9, popover placket = 4)
  • Polyester thread

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  • 5
    Great pattern!

    Posted by Megs on 23rd Sep 2020

    I love this pattern, and have made it a few times now in two different views. The sizing is generous (as it's oversized in style) and I found that, for my first pattern making a collar and placket, it was pretty easy to follow!

  • 5
    Do believe the HYPE !

    Posted by Han on 29th Jun 2019

    Well written pattern and a great staple for my wardrobe.

  • 5
    Kalle Shirt

    Posted by E.b on 16th Jun 2019

    Great pattern sewing it was great. Made first one need moe practice. But made a wearable first garment. Delighted with the pattern.

  • 2
    Super confusing instructions

    Posted by Momo Esther on 5th Apr 2019

    I hated this pattern! The instructions were really confusing. Why are bullet points instead of number of steps on both sides and not even clear where to proceed next. Instructions themselves super unclear!

  • 5
    Simply lovely

    Posted by Sally on 20th Jul 2018

    Just made this, made a straight 14 & it fits, the only adjustment was to move the pocket up a tad, I have a shorter torso with l long legs. The tissue they use is sturdier than most, there are a few pieces to cut out but the end result is lovely. Closet case have tutorials on their website which is great to refer to if you are struggling, I have also made the Ginger jeans in the past and they are the most comfey jeans that I own. This pattern has a few variations that you can make and if you are a bit clever I reckon that you could add long sleeves to the drop shoulder for the colder months. All in a good pattern and well drafted that I will use again and again.

  • 4
    Lovely design but instructions could have been clearer

    Posted by Leonie on 13th May 2017

    I've just made the cropiped version of this shirt pattern and overall I'm really pleased with the results especially as this is my first shirt! I think the design is lovely and modern and I love the shape. I would have given it 5 stars but I did find, for my first shirt, a lack of images in the instructions however I loved the burrito technique for the yoke.