This week, I marked the beginning of Fall by completing my first cold-weather sewing project. My new denim walking coat was just the kind of project I needed to cope with ‘post vacation blues’. It’s a topstitching extravaganza, just the therapy I needed. Some sewists find topstitching to be stressful, but for me, the focus required is actually a relief that my brain craves when I’m down.
My inspiration for this coat was a denim coat, designed by Madewell. I saw Cobie Smulders wear it on the already cancelled show, “Friends from College.” It’s a loose-fitting coat, made of mid-weight denim with a hidden placket and a tie belt.
Although Colbie wore it as a dress on the show, I saw it as a long coat for Fall. Many of my knit dresses (
here) are below my knees, so this coat will accomodate that length easily.
Pattern: To make the coat, I modified a tried and true pattern, the Kalle Shirt Dress. This pattern has so many options, I recommend it highly.
I chose this pattern because the fit is great, but loose and classic. To make it coat length, I added six inches to the bodice. To create the back vent, I eliminated the back pleat and added a seam instead, open at the bottom. Otherwise, I left the pattern pretty much as is.
The orginal pattern has short sleeves, but I purchased the long sleeve extension from the Closet Case website. Instead of the classic french cuffs suggested by them, I eliminated the closure on the cuffs, and just folded them back.
Fabric: I used a medium weight denim from my stash for the with a darker denim for the collar, cuffs and pockets. The Kalle has one pocket, but I drafted three more. I used double topstitching on the pockets to make them pop.
I always love using a tried and true pattern in an unexpected way. As a coat, the Kalle does not disappoint! With this make, I’m officially accepting that Fall is here. It’s time to pull out the knits and wools from my stash and sew cozy
Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by!
12 thoughts on “A Kalle Shirtdress Becomes a Coat”
This coat is awesome! I love the mix of denim colors. So cute. Happy sewing!
Thanks, Natasha. I was lucky to find both denims in my stash, so I didn’t have to buy a thing!
Well done! Did you size up at all, as you meant for it to be outerwear?
Thank-you!!i didn’t size up because, on me, the Kalle (as a dress) is perfect in the shoulders but with a relaxed fit every where else. So I decided there was Plenty of ease built in.
I really, really like this! It’s so ‘you’ and is a fabulous Fall coat. And I’m with you on topstitching, I love it too.
Thanks, Diane! I thought you might feel the same…your top stitching always looks so fabulous!
Oh, I like what you have done!
It’s amazing how many different looks one pattern can have. Nicely done!
Thanks, Linda! I have sooooo many patterns now, I try to ask myself when I’m tempted to buy a new one if it really adds anything to my existing stash, since it’s threatening to take over my basement!!
What a great idea and you have made it beautifully, I would never have guessed it was from the Kalle pattern.