As part of my goal to produce a collection of versatile basics sewing patterns for you to choose from, Lisette for Butterick B6386 is an sequel to our first athletic wear pattern, Lisette B6295. I thought it would be useful to have a simple windbreaker and basic athletic trouser. Both styles are practical and versatile, the way I’m always aiming to design these patterns.

Lisette B6386 for Butterick

Let’s talk about the jacket first. It’s a simple unlined windbreaker style with a shaped yoke (sort of a modified raglan sleeve that’s easy to sew and adds a sporty detail), shaped in-seam front pockets, elasticized sleeve openings, and drawstrings with stoppers at the hood and the shaped hemline (which is longer in back for a little extra coverage). It closes with a separating zipper. You can sew this style in one color for a sleek look or try color-blocking it for the fun of it. This is the sort of light jacket I like to wear when I run, and I pack it when I travel as well. It will keep you covered in a light rain and keeps you warm on a breezy day.

Lisette B6386 for Butterick

The trousers, which are comfy basics, are designed to sit below the waist and include a front and back yoke with a cute drawstring detail, front pockets, plus elastic at the ankles. For this style, too, you can choose between sewing them in a single fabric or color blocking them. I like the yoke, since it also give the illusion of a little lift in the back–sort of like well-positioned back pockets. It’s nice to be confident that your back side looks good, even if you’re dressed down or working out.

These are designed to be more classic-style sweatpants rather than more contemporary “joggers.” The difference between the two? The width of the leg: joggers taper toward the ankle. I’ll show you how to make the change if you prefer the tapered silhouette. They can be cute, but they’re not for everyone.

Lisette B6386 for Butterick

The trouser pattern calls for French terry, but I’m going to try a lightweight woven wool, just for the fun of it, when I sew mine. The jacket, meanwhile, works really well in classic nylon or ripstop nylon. Fortunately, there are lots of color and pattern options to choose from in fabric stores, so have fun with it!

Here’s my Lisette for Butterick B6386 pattern Pinterest folder, if you want some ideas for this pattern.

Lisette B6386 for Butterick

As always, I can’t wait to see what you make with it! The pattern is available now directly from us and everywhere Butterick patterns are sold.

It has been too hot this summer to consider cold-weather sewing, but fall is on the way! And that means that our new Lisette for Fall-Winter 2016 patterns are now available.

Lisette for Butterick B6385

This is the first of our two new releases this season. It’s a pattern I’ve been wanting to develop for a while, and who better to do it with than Butterick? This style, Lisette for Butterick B6385, is a classic, fitted, fully-lined coat. This is the coat you’ll turn to again and again for almost any event or purpose. It’s a feminine, elegant style that can obviously be worn for dressy occasions but can also be worn more casually with jeans and sneakers if you’re relaxing for the day.

Lisette for Butterick B6385

Here’s what I love about it: princess seams. You know what this means, right? It’s so easy to fit your own body when you have princess seams. And to make it even easier, we’ve already included piece for various cup sizes, so a lot of the fitting work has already been done. I included a Dior dart in this design, just for the fun of it. A Dior dart is a short dart that allows the princess seams to be shifted toward the side seams a bit. I think it’s a nice little detail, and it’s easy to sew.

And here’s another thing I love about this pattern: we included three different collar options and two different pocket choices, so you can customize the coat to your preferences. The pink coat on the envelope cover features the rounded collar, but you can also choose from a pointed collar and a tall funnel-neck-y collar. I’m considering playing with the funnel collar and making it even taller so it’s really dramatic when the collar is worn open. I’ll let you know how it goes when I sew it.

Lisette for Butterick B6385

This is a really classic style, so feel free to have fun with your fabric and lining choices when you sew it. I found some beautiful wool coating fabrics when I was shopping in New York last month. Isn’t that pink herringbone in the photo below stunning? And I like the wrong side of the dobby dots as much as the right side. They look like a series of running stitches (which is basically what they are). I think any of these fabrics be fun for the coat.

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As always, I’ve assembled fabric and styling ideas for this pattern for you. Take a look at my Lisette for Butterick B6385 coat sewing pattern Pinterest folder for lots of ideas, including some embellishment ideas if you’re so inclined.

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I hope you’ll have fun sewing and wearing this style! There may be a sew-along somewhere in the future, too. I’ll let you know. For now, though, you can order the pattern right now from the Oliver + S shop or get it wherever Butterick patterns are sold.

We’ll be hosting a sew-along for the new Lisette B6358 swimwear pattern later this month. We’ve posted all the details and dates on the Oliver + S blog.

Lisette B6358 Sew-Along

We hope you’ll join us for the fun to sew something beach-worthy for yourself this month!

I’m here today to introduce the second of our new swimwear patterns for Summer 2016. This one is Lisette for Butterick B6358. This is the swimsuit I’ve been dreaming of for a few seasons now.

Lisette for Butterick B6358

I wanted something with a little front tie detail, and I thought that it would be fun to add a color-blocking option as well. This pattern includes both a two-piece and one-piece style with the same details, and of course you can choose to sew either style as a solid or color-blocked version.

Lisette for Butterick B6358

Remember that cute little cut-out at the back of the Lisette B6360 swimsuit pattern? I included it here too, but this time it’s on the bottoms. The briefs have a higher waist which meant I could include that cute little cut-out and a bow at the back, instead of boring regular swim bottoms. A little flirty, I suppose you could say.

Lisette for Butterick B6358

Oh, and the top has the removable cup inserts just like B6360. I kind of love the straps on both of these swimsuit pattern. There’s elastic inside the fabric casing, so they look great but can also be adjusted for a perfect fit.

Lisette for Butterick B6358

I’m seriously considering sewing both versions of this pattern. I haven’t worn a one-piece in years, but this one I’ll definitely wear. What about you?

I’m happy to be able to introduce the first of our two new Lisette patterns for Summer 2016. These patterns are available now wherever Butterick patterns are sold.

One of the things I love about working with Butterick is that they’re so open to ideas. Last year when I proposed swimwear, I assumed they don’t include much swimwear for a reason. But they were more than happy to take the plunge (as it were).

So, here we go. Let me introduce you to Lisette for Butterick B6360: the Lisette swim dress/tankini.

Lisette for Butterick B6360

Never heard of a swim dress before? Neither had I. Or at least I hadn’t heard of anyone wearing one in the past 100 years. As it turns out, there’s a brand new type of swim dress out there, and it’s quite versatile! It’s meant to go from the water to the boardwalk/lunch/car without requiring a change of clothing. The top is long enough to cover your back side (is this our preferred word for bottom?), but it’s cut to be feminine and flattering on top. Plus, it’s made of quick-drying spandex, unlike those heavy wool numbers of yore. (I must admit, some of those 1920’s wool swim dresses were cute. But really, unless you’re going to a costume party, just No. So hot, so itchy, and they took so long to dry….)

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to add a drawstring to the sides of the swim dress so you can also choose to cinch it up and wear it as a tankini, which means you have two options here: Eliminate the drawstrings and casings if you want just the swim dress or include them if you want the option to cinch it up into a tankini. Easy-peasy, right?

Lisette for Butterick B6360

Also, this pattern comes in the full spectrum of women’s sizes: Butterick sizes 8-24W! I’m always so, so happy when we can do this. This pattern is designed to be flattering and supportive, so if you’re full-busted I think you’ll be happy with this one.

Lisette for Butterick B6360

I like the little cutout below the bra hook in back. It lets you show a little skin without compromising on comfort and support. The pattern is constructed to include little pockets for removable cup inserts, too. Sometimes I wear them and sometimes I don’t, and the beauty of this construction is that you can add and remove them on a whim.

Lisette for Butterick B6360

Seriously, I hope you’ll have fun with this pattern. I’m really so pleased with how it turned out. And look how cute the back is! I hope you’ll enjoy sewing the pattern.

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