Finally! I’ve finally made a Kalle. From the second I saw Heather’s original white linen Kalle precursor, I knew I would eventually make this pattern. If you read my blog, you know how I feel about funky cut-on sleeve collared shirts and dresses (see: Style Arc Blaire, Deer + Doe Melilot, Hey June Willamette). It was only a matter of time before I got my hands on the Kalle! Thank you, Sew Your Hart Out September, for giving me the perfect excuse to sew this cool pattern!
For my Kalle, I opted for View B, the tunic-length popover. But I was smitten with the faced hem of View A and wary of stretching out my hem during the bias tape application, so I incorporated the hem facing into my popover. I just find faced hems to be delightful… they add a great weight to the bottom of a shirt or dress!
To create a hem facing for View B (the hem differs from that of View A, so I couldn’t just use the View A pattern piece), I basically traced the front and back hems, then drew a line mirroring that, 2 inches up, and squared the ends off. I sewed the facings into a loop, pressed the upper edge under ¼ inch, sewed the loop to the hem, pressed upwards, understitched and then topstitched the facings. I love how it turned out!!
I loved sewing the Kalle. The only tricky bit was the sewing the popover’s button placket. I referenced the sewalong to make sure I was getting it right. There a lot of markings on that placket pattern piece, but worth it to draw them all on there, every fold and stitch line… it turned out pretty great!
Ok, to the fabric. More like the “The fabric!!!” This is Alexia Abegg’s design for Cotton + Steel, part of her Sienna line. This print, Celestial Sapphire, is on a cotton/rayon lawn. The design is a really gorgeous watercolor-esque doodle, full of flowers, leaves, birds, strawberries and other bits and bobs. I’ve been admiring it since seeing it pop up around the internet… I love how it’s modern and whimsical without being twee.
This substrate, the cotton/rayon lawn, is just a pleasure to sew and wear! It has the silkiness and drape of a rayon, but the crispness and ease of sewing of a cotton. Best blend ever, y’all. If you wanted an introduction to sewing rayon, this would be the way to go. After my experience sewing with this substrate I immediately went out and got myself some more of it in the monstera print!
Were you aware that Hart’s offers thread matching services? Saves a trip to the shop for coordinating thread! Score one for laziness. Hart’s matched my fabric with the thread as well as these cute little light blue mother-of-pearl buttons. I love how the color variation in the buttons mimics the water color shades in the fabric. Good stuff. Confession: I didn’t sew buttonholes on this Kalle yet. I am still learning the 4-step buttonhole function on my new/old Bernina and haven’t made buttonholes to my satisfaction yet. But I wanted to wear this Kalle so desperately that I just sewed the buttons straight through the placket!
Another confession: when I decided on this fabric and pattern pairing, I was all pumped, thinking, “Yeah! This will be awesome!” Then, a few days later, I realized that the reason I was so confident the combination would be awesome was because it had already been done. Shout out to Miss Make and her stunning Kalle tunic. I must have subconsciously absorbed the awesomeness of her Kalle. I am not ashamed to have copied her, though; sincerest form of flattery and all that!