Hello Spring! I haven't made myself a new garment in a long time. I've also been wanting to try the Kalle Shirtdress by Closet Case Patterns. I picked up the pattern at Craft South while I was in Nashville last month, found this cute cotton print at Joann's (60" wide, and reasonably priced with a coupon) and jumped in. I really love the way it turned out.
One thing I love about this pattern is all of the choices. There are three lengths (I made the tunic length), 2 different collars (mine is the stand up collar) and three front opening choices (I did a full button front opening). The pattern is full of attention to detail. the finishes are all wonderful, in fact all of the raw edges end up enclosed except for the side seams. This was easily solved with french seams. Even the hem is neatly finished with hand made bias tape, making the dramatic curves lay nice and flat.
I love the high/low hem and the banded sleeves. This one is going to get a lot of wear!
I even got a nice new headshot out of hubby's great photoshoot. I can't wait to make more of these shirts, maybe even one dress length. We'll see!