Linen Cropped Kalle Shirt

When I like a pattern I tend to make multiple versions of it. I realise this might not make for very interesting blog reading, but it does help me take steps towards a very wearable, mix-and-match handmade wardrobe that I love!

This is my latest version of the Closet Case Patterns Cropped Kalle Shirt. This is my fourth iteration of this pattern, and I can't see it being the last, especially when there are so many different options to try. Not that I tried many of them here, admittedly. As with my previous denim Tencel version, I went with the cropped shirt view with collar and button band.

As with my previous version, I lengthened the front and back pieces of the shirt by around 5cm, and added an extra button to account for the longer length. I think I could have gone a little shorter in the back (which you can't really see in these photos - sorry!), so something for me to bear in mind for next time. I also made the collar a bit slimmer - the version in the pattern is a bit big for my liking.

And another repeat - I've only gone and made this in linen from the Fabric Store. Again. Linen is just so nice to wear, and the colours in this range go so well together. It brings me joy to open my cupboard and see my linen garments hanging out together! For this top I used the lightweight military green linen, paired with plastic tortoiseshell buttons from Lincraft. I really like the end result - this is really easy to wear with jeans, and I've been layering with a black Grainline Driftless Cardigan when it's cool.

How about this setting? These photos were taken on holiday in New Zealand's South Island. We stayed in an Airbnb near Queenstown and this was the garden, with views out over the mountains and lake. Stunning! This should also explain the slightly crumpled, pulled-out-of-a-suitcase look ... but hey, I thought I better make use of that background while I could!


  1. Lovely location and that green is so pretty on you!

    1. Thanks Sarah! It's such a lovely shade of green.