When the Kalle was first launched it was probably the most near perfect pattern. I loved it. But I longed for a sleeve hack. The original Kalle sleeve as is, was far too short for me. I tend to wear them layered under cardigans I even asked my beautiful Instagram community for help for a hack in desperation – and still no luck.
Then the BEAUTIFUL people from Closet case patterns bought out the long sleeve hack. And it was EVERYTHING…
Images from Closet Case Website
Now, before we go on, just a little negative here: I have had many patterns that introduce a hack, for example the Keilo and Inari from Named Clothing both had a sleeve and collar hack. Both of which were completely free. On the other hand, I was so desperate for a long sleeve hack and was happy to pay for that privileged of not figuring it out my self. Its just something to consider if you are reading this post before purchasing the Kalle and/or just the sleeve hack. So its more of a neutral comment that a complaint, but I always like to support independent business, so its all good.
So How did it Sew?
I will leave the details of the Kalle make itself to my previous post where I covered that, instead I will focus on the Sleeves:
As you can tell I absolutely love it. So much so (sew?) that I ended up unpicking a sleeve on a Kalle I was working on and adding the hack to it (black Version)
The fabric I chose for both Black and white shirt, I thought was the same. It had the same texture embossed into it, but the white was much softer and had a slight stretch, as apposed to the black that was a bit shinier. I enjoyed sewing with the white more, but both were extremely light and have great movement.
The sleeve was incredibly simple to install. I like how they approached it with the longer cuff, and how it took up a lot of the sleeve. It Looks chic and can be worn up or down. What really makes this is the shape of the existing sleeve (if you have made the kalle it is before you put the cuff on) which gives the overall piece a great shape and much more than the average shirt/shirt dress.
With the sleeve, I feel I will get much more use out of this pattern. I still need to make the short and the tunic length versions, but having sleeves, for me, opens up more possibilities.