Hi there, I’ve got a little blog post to share with you
all about this gorgeous yarn-dyed cotton!

I saw this Sevenberry cotton on the Sew Crafty website and fell in love! It’s the perfect classic denim shirt colour, and when it arrived I was so not disappointed. The fabric has a lovely weight and structure and it’s perfect for so many on-trend garments right now.

I always pre-wash my fabric before cutting into it. I once neglected this stage and my gorgeous dress shrank the first time, I laundered it. So as soon as I received this, I popped it in my washing machine at 40 °C and then line dried. I absolutely love the nature of pure cotton, the way it washes and irons. So crisp and clean.  I couldn’t wait to get started and chose to make a Kalle Shirtdress from Closet case patterns.

There are three options with this pattern, a long shirtdress which falls at the knee a cropped version which is high-low with the front is at waist height. But as I’m a bit rounder in the middle than I’d like to be, I chose to make the mid-length. This gives sufficient coverage to allow the wearer to be unselfconscious, as it disguises the midriff! There is actually an exact double of my denim Kalle on the Closet case website, so I knew the look what I was aiming for.

If you’ve never made a shirt or shirt dress, I can strongly recommend the Kalle. Or even if you don’t like the pattern, you should still check out the Kalle sew along anyway as it’s so informative! Their simple collar tutorial is brilliant.

Although I’ve made collars before their manner of achieving a super crisp point is without rival!

As you sew up one of the short sides of the collar you insert a thread just before you turn, then turn and wrap the thread around the needle at the point of the collar (so you catch one stitch) Once you have stitched right round you can then use that thread to pull the collar point out!

The sew-along also gives a step by step Burrito yolk!

This is some kind of sorcery!

I’m really in love with my new Kalle shirtdress as I’m sure you can see! And the yarn-dyed cotton was the perfect fabric to make it in! The fabric is super, just gorgeous weight and quality, and it comes in five delicious colours!

As well as crisp shirts it would also be lovely made into a summer skirt or dress, I think it would make fabulous box pleats as the cotton holds creases so beautifully! Or, even lightweight Lander pants!

But as for my Kalle, I’m certainly going to get loads of wear from this throughout the summer, and as its natural fabric, it will keep me cool and fresh. Then once the seasons start to change, I’m planning on wearing a long-sleeved tee underneath.

What will you make?? ☺


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