Styling for Season Transitioning!

Carol Bentley
by Carol Bentley
2 Materials
5 Hours

Hey there lovelies!!

I made this fab shirtdress and couldn't wait to show you how to create it for yourself and how to style it!

Here in the UK we are technically heading into Autumn but the weather keeps surprising us with lovely warm, sunny days!!

So I wanted to share the summer day and cooler weather outfits around this gorgeous dress! I made the Kalle dress by Closet core patterns in a lovely viscose. I chose to make a knee length version so I can wear it over Capri pants or just on its own on a lovely warm summers day! If you’ve never made a shirt I can definitely recommend the Kalle as its quite a loose shape and that means you don’t have to worry about fit issues, there are also great resources over on the Closet case website with tutorials on each stage of construction.

I used a lovely Atelier Brunette viscose and it is a fabulous quality. After pre-washing the fabric at 30 degrees I cut it out with my trusty rotary cutter and started to sew it together.

One of my favourite parts is the Burrito roll for turning the yolk.

Firstly, the "outside yoke" is attached to the shirt front and the back. Then the "inside yoke" is attached to the other already attached yoke piece with the shirt back as the sandwich (Burrito) middle!

Then I rolled up the fronts and the back and secured the two yoke pieces which enclosed the fronts and back, this does sound quite tricky, but if you take a look at my pictures its really quite genius!

Once I pinned and stitched I just pulled the burrito filling out through the neck opening.

Tada, isn’t this the best sewing sorcery?

Once the yoke was assembled, the button bands were really simple, I just folded and pressed before top stitching and adding the button holes and buttons in the right places. I then attached the collar and stitched the front to the back.

I even made up some self cover buttons. They are super easy and are made by cutting little circles of fabric and gathering the edges up with a running stitch which is pulled taught before the back plastic disc is added, that hides the raw edge of the fabric and the gathering stitches.

I’m really ecstatic about my new Kalle I made the size 14 but with a tiny tweak, I actually used the size 12 collar and adjusted the yolk to accept it as with my previous Kalle shirts I felt the collar was a little on the big side. I am really pleased and will definitely use this version in the future!

This beautiful fabric is from the Atelier brunette range and is called shine night!!

This is the first step in the burrito roll the shirt back and fronts are connected to one of the 2 yoke sections and rolled up.

Once the front and back are rolled up the 2 yoke sections are pinned together creating a burrito roll around the front and back of the shirt at the back yoke and then sewn up.

Once the yoke is sewn together the front and back can be pulled through the neck hole, what sorcery is this!!?

Over trousers or leggings means I can wear this well into the autumn and winter!

But, when the sun shines out come the sunglasses and the legs!

Sewnshownseated this is my lovely new shirtdress, perfect for transitioning into the Autumn season!

Suggested materials:
  • Atelier Brunette Viscose   (Lamazi Fabrics)
  • Closet core patterns Kalle shirtdress pattern   (Closet core patterns)

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Carol Bentley
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  • Grandmasue10 Grandmasue10 on Sep 30, 2021

    I see you washed it at 30 degrees. We here in the US would need ice cubes in our washing machines. Since you said you were in the UK, I figured you meant Celsius. Why oh why did our forefathers change everything?