The Kalle Shirt

I don’t normally blog before finishing a project, but I’m in love with this new shirt and can’t wait! And besides, I need help with making a decision on snaps.

This is the Kalle shirt by Closet Case Patterns. I’ve made it before, in a checked almost tartan wool (nicer than it sounds) and it is one of my favourites, it gets worn all the time. My first Kalle shirt was full length, but when I saw this fabric at Simply Solids I knew immediately that it wanted to be a cropped shirt.

A lot of people lengthen this version, which is understandable, especially if you’re not used to exposing your middle! But I actually think it’s very flattering. It hangs straight down from the chest, no shaping at the waist, so it just skims your belly. I will probably wear it with a me-made vest underneath, maybe a white one.

A lovely feature of this pattern is the high/low hemline. Again, really flattering. The curves are really straightforward. I did a lot of clipping and used pinking shears to grade the seams. I used flat felled seams for the sides, but you could also overlock. I have yet to attach the sleeve cuffs, but those seams are also enclosed as you’d expect.

Here’s where I’m stuck:

Which snaps?! The top two are the Prym Colour Snaps, the plastic ones that come with the pliers. The bottom is a light blue pearly snap with metal backing. I think they all could work… what do you think?