Isn’t it amazing how much difference a little bit of sunshine can make? Within the span of 5 weeks the UK has gone from snow to a heatwave, and my gosh the latter was so very welcome. I really am sure I suffer with SAD (seasonal affective disorder), I think the one and only reason I like winter is so I can wear my collection of coats but after that I hate the cold months. 
The suns appearance also means the whole of the country dons their shorts and flip flops and dusts off the BBQ. Living in a seaside town I’m “lucky” enough to often see the stereotypical Brit holiday wardrobe, which is always poor fitting and paired with sunburn! I believe Sewists do an A+ job of dressing for the summer, it’s also my favourite time to see makes pop up online... gorgeous wedding outfits, summer dresses and jumpsuits! 
Two of my staple patterns for summer over the last two years have both been from Closet Case Patterns - the Sallie Maxi Dress and The Kalle Shirt Dress. (The previous Kalle I made was this gorgeous summery make). 
For my latest Minerva Blogger Network Make I chose to make a Kalle Shirt Dress (long version) using the much coveted Atelier Brunette Viscose Fabric in Navy - both pattern and fabric are available on Minerva’s website. 
I debated over making one of the other two versions - a cropped shirt or a tunic - but I love a shirt dress so much for the summer that I knew I needed another in this beautiful fabric. The Atelier Brunette Viscose is super soft and has a beautiful drape which makes it perfect for patterns such as this one. I didn’t overlock the pieces as I like to make my blog post garments without using my overlocker as I know not everyone has one. However, if you have an overlocker I would recommend using it on this fabric. 
As I’d made the pattern before there were a couple of changes I knew I wanted to make. I cut a smaller size - The Kalle comes up large, the style is of course a loose drapey shirt dress but I felt it needed 1 inch off either side. I also opted not to interface the collar and collar stand as the collar on my previous dress was quite structured and big (which made me feel a bit like Harry Hill, which no woman wants to feel like!!). Two changes I am really happy I made. 
I also made a coordinating tie belt, you can see in two of the photos. It’s a nice option to cinch in the waist, however it does of course make the length ride up and takes away the drama of the back view and the dipped hem. 
Of course, now I’ve completed my new Kalle Shirt Dress the sun has disappeared and the rain is due to return... sorry everyone, you can blame me for getting my legs out! 
If you’re yet to make a Kalle Shirt or any pattern by Closet Case Patterns then please promise that this summer you will!! Heather Lou the creator of Closet Case Patterns has managed to curate a collection of beautifully fashionable sewing patterns that are not too ‘on trend’ that they will be outdated come next year. The instructions are beautifully written and if you get confused or stumble on any step then no fear she has you covered with fantastic sew alongs on her website! Each pattern come with a variety of options and are made to fit the modern figure. Best of all, Minerva Crafts offer most of their patterns to buy online too! 
Happy sewing,
Samantha