An (Unplanned)Trio of Denim Kalles

You can probably guess this pattern by sight, though you’re likely confused as to why I’m wearing it IN A SOLID. I’ve got my reasons!

Reason #1: My gals Lauren & Sallie both rocked this look in denim hues of linen & chambray, and I could not get their collective loveliness out of my brain.

Reason #2: I decided to be sensible. (I KNOW.) I had every intention of making this up in a painterly floral Marchesa silk gazar! But I wanted a chance to play with the lines before cutting into Marchesa. And, this stiff cotton, snagged at Mood NY, is not only similar in body, but brings me to…

Reason #3: this fabric gives my closet a bit of chic, fashionable SOLID for auditions. If you haven’t already guessed, this is Closet Case Pattern’s Kalle shirt dress. For real, this neckline & shape is everywhere in casting offices. Specifically, calls for lawyers. I changed up the curve at the side seam to conceal the leg a bit more–though too much leg is really not a problem; TV lawyers have different rules, dontcha know. I once played a high powered attorney whose closet consisted of candy colored, teeny jersey swing dresses that barely concealed my rear.

No fear of that here, unless you’re scared of wrinkles! Though I’m not sure the fabric will hold everyday creases after washing. Yes, that’s right…I did not pre-wash this fabric! Lately I’ve been trying an RTW method of post-washing. The fabric is much easier to work with this way, and it saves time & money…but, I don’t think I’d risk it on fitted styles. I quite like how this cotton wrinkles, so I hope it stays. The back wrinkles mark my travels on the subway…

But the front wrinkles mark my hand sewing!! Y’all, I AM STRAIGHT UP SEWN INTO THIS DRESS. Mainly because I can’t decide how to finish it. Gold buttons? Exposed snaps? Hidden snaps? I love the look of it as is! (There’s an option for a covered button placket included in the pattern, but, yeah, I didn’t think that far ahead.) I assume I’ll grow tired of sewing myself into this every time I have to lawyer up, so I’ll have to figure something out. Suggestions are welcome!



  • Lynn in Virginia
    October 29, 2017

    You could try adding a strip with buttonholes behind the existing placket. I’d probably hand stitch it, but you could topstitch over the existing stitching.

    • I keep meaning to try buttonhole strips, and snap strips– thanks for the reminder! putting it on my shopping list 🙂

  • Faye Lewis
    October 29, 2017

    Gorgeous Kalle especially with the boots!

  • Fiona
    October 30, 2017

    I love the clean look of no fastenings Marcy! Snaps all the way!

  • G
    October 30, 2017

    Girl I’m shocked. A solid! I suggest hidden snaps with a single exposed one at the collar. You look lovely.

    • I know! i wonder how long it will survive…i tend to abandon solids (and then wonder why nothing in my closet pairs well).

      love the single exposed snap idea!!

  • sandra
    October 30, 2017

    You could put a short hidden zipper at the neckline (under the flap) then sew the rest down. This would give you enough to get your head through! I like the clean look here.

  • Sallieoh
    November 1, 2017

    You totally rock this look! But, LOL!! You’re sewn into it?!?! The things we do for fashun! I vote gold snaps. Bam!