I’m happy to introduce the second of my new Lisette designs for the Fall 2017 Butterick catalog. Lisette for Butterick B6493 is a classic pencil skirt with a twist and a fun little blazer to wear with it. Both of these pieces will work well as additions to your core wardrobe, too!

B6493 pattern cover

Let’s talk about the jacket first, shall we? This is a raglan sleeve jacket with princess seams which are always easiest to fit, especially if you’re full-busted. And to make it even easier, we added cup sizes for this pattern, so the full bust adjustment work has already been done for you.

This pattern is fully lined and on the fitted side, so if you’re a fan of the shrunken blazer I think you’ll really like this style. It’s classic but not boring. And much easier to sew, too! The sleeve hem of the sleeve on this pattern has a fun little curve detail to let you show off a watch or bracelet underneath. And to make it really easy to sew, this jacket has no buttonholes–just a button loop closure. (But of course you can easily add a buttonhole or two if you want.) I particularly like the neckline on this one because it frames your face and collarbone so nicely. It’s a bit raised instead of a flat V-neck so it really looks elegant. (And it would look great with a necklace, too!)

B6493 front view

B6493 back view

The pencil skirt has a cute little curved overlap detail at the front hem that coordinates with the curve detail on the jacket sleeve. It also features a waist yoke, an invisible side zipper, and front and back princess seams. So again, this skirt is easy to fit to your body. I’m a big fan of the princess-seam skirt, and I think this one will be a lot of fun to sew and to wear. (Sorry about the matching top. I know it looks looks a bit like a dress in this photo, which is rather confusing.)

B6493 skirt

For both of these pieces I think you could choose solid or patterned fabrics. I chose a silk tweed for the jacket because I love the texture of all those different-colored yarns, but it will look more classic in a solid wool gabardine. Or go the opposite direction and use a brocade or jacquard for the jacket instead of the skirt. You could also sew both pieces from the same fabric if you want to have a suit.

What fabrics would you choose for these styles? You can find the pattern for B6493 right here. I hope you’ll show us how it turns out! Post it to our Lisette Flickr group or use these hashtags on Instagram: #sewlisette #B6493. And don’t forget you that can find lots more inspiration on the B6493 Pinterest board as well. I’ll keep adding to it as I see more things that I think will inspire you.

I’m excited to introduce you to our two new Lisette styles for the Butterick Fall 2017 collection.

Our first new style this season is Lisette for Butterick B6482. I love this silhouette and, as it turns out, this generally covered-up style has been predicted by the New York Times to be the defining silhouette of this decade. (Which is such a relief after a few years of nearly naked red-carpet looks….)

Lisette B6482

Here’s what I like about this style: a little sleeve interest! (You know my thing with sleeves these days.) This raglan sleeve has a shoulder pleat to add volume, which I think is a lot of fun.

B6482 Sleeve

It also has a defined waist just for those of you who don’t like “shapeless” fashions, a blouson-style top (no darts, although you could easily pinch out a dart if you want less fullness at the waist) that will be easier for fitting those of us who need a different size top and bottom. Plus topstitching (or the option to topstitch) to add a sportswear detail to the dress. I kind of love that inverted box pleat at the skirt’s center front, too, because it matches the pleat on the sleeves. And you can choose whether to include the little collar (View B) or not (View A). I’m a collar girl, personally.

B6482 Back View

B6482 Front View

So what about fabrics? I don’t have time this week to do my usual post with lots of fabric suggestions, but watch for linens (you know I love Gray Lines Linen for their many colors and weights), denim and chambray (always Robert Kaufman, my friends who make so many great options, especially the linen/cotton denim that I absolutely adore!), and even lightweight ponte, which I really want to try. Personally I’m leaning toward a lightweight dove-colored wool suiting fabric for this style.

Which fabric would you choose for this dress? You can find the pattern for B6482 right here. I hope you’ll show us how it turns out! Post it to our Lisette Flickr group or use these hashtags on Instagram: #sewlisette #B6482. And don’t forget you can find lots more inspiration on the B6482 Pinterest board as well. I’ll keep adding to it as I see more things that I think will inspire you.

To follow up on my post from last week, I’m back on the Oliver + S blog today with another post on the Lisette B6464 pattern.

Lisette B6464 top

In this post, I’m sharing three versions of the B6464 top that I have made for myself this summer.

If you’re larger than a B cup, you’ll want to do a bust adjustment on this pattern before you sew it. But don’t worry! In this new post I show you just how easy it is, and I walk you through it step-by-step.

I thought it might be useful to share some fabric ideas for what you can use to make the new Lisette B6464 pattern. Fabric shopping can be tricky, but there are so many great options available right now!

Lisette B6464 fabric ideas

Since Lisette for Butterick B6464 is a collection of three separate items that are designed to work together as well as with the rest of your wardrobe, I thought it would be fun to design outfits for you. After all, the secret to having a great wardrobe that works for you is to do a little planning. If you design your clothing within a tight color palette of two or three colors with an accent color or two and you choose patterns and textures that work together, you’ll have many more mix-and-match options and you’ll get lots more use out of the clothes you sew.

We can talk about that whole wardrobe-planning idea in more detail later, but for now I’ve made a Pinterest folder with my fabric choices. Then I selected from those choices to develop coordinating micro-wardrobes or outfits with appropriate weights and drapes for each style. You’ll see that I left some additional choices as well, so even if you don’t care for one fabric you might find another to replace it. I drew from several sources, but you can often find the same fabrics elsewhere. For example, lots of stores carry Cotton + Steel, Robert Kaufman, and Kokka fabrics. And if you’re looking for ponte, you’ll find it in many stores. So hopefully this will inspire you and help you start thinking about your likes and preferences.

Outfit #1 is Japanese in influence. I focused on a drapey double gauze for the top, ombre cotton with metallic accents for the jacket, and a geometric-printed jersey for the skirt. (Remember, the skirt needs to be made of knit fabric, but the jacket and top are designed for wovens.)

Lisette B6464 fabric ideas, outfit 1

Outfit #2 uses lawn for the top and takes advantage of color-blocking options for the jacket, which is also lawn trimmed with quilting cotton. The skirt is a sand-colored ponte.

Lisette B6464 fabric ideas, outfit 2

Going slightly cooler in tones for outfit #3, I mixed blues and deep reds with a blue undertone. (That sounds so fashion-y, sorry. Old habits die hard.) Crinkle gauze top, double gauze jacket, and ponte skirt.

Lisette B6464 fabric ideas, outfit 3

Outfit #4 mixes a busy rayon floral with a more geometric printed voile. For a little extra texture, I added heather gray double-layer jersey for the skirt. This is a more daring mixture, but I think it still works. (Although sometimes you really need to see these fabrics in person to be sure the scale and colors work together.)

Lisette B6464 fabric ideas, outfit 4

Outfit #5 has a tighter color palette. The top is rayon, again, with a printed cotton jacket and a black ponte skirt.

Lisette B6464 fabric ideas, outfit 5

And outfit #6 goes back to those deep shades of navy and darker blue. The top and jacket are both double gauze, and the skirt is jersey. With this striped jersey I might play with the stripes a bit. If the fabric is stretchy enough you could alternate directions, and if it’s not stretchy enough you could still stagger the stripes instead of matching them.

Lisette B6464 fabric ideas, outfit 6

Here’s what I pulled from my stash for my own outfit, since black and navy are both important colors in my urban wardrobe. For the top I bought just a small amount of black Liberty of London Strawberry Thief last year, and I’m planning to use gold metallic piping around the yoke, just for the fun of it. My jacket will be linen/cotton chambray, which is technically less drapey than the pattern calls for but I think it will work just fine. And I’ve been saving a heavy black cotton/spandex power knit for this skirt.

Lisette B6464 fabric ideas, outfit 7

You can always add another coordinating top or jacket and you’ll expand your mix-and-match options right away. You’ll see that I left several additional choices in the Pinterest folder for this possibility.

I’ll show you how they turn out when I finish them, and I hope you’ll do the same! Tag your images #B6464 on Instagram or add them to the SewLisette Flickr group when you’re ready because I can’t wait to see what you do with these patterns and which fabrics you choose!

The new Spring 2017 Butterick collection is available now, and it includes a new Lisette pattern for the season. This style has three pieces, so there’s even more in the package than usual! Let me introduce you to Lisette for Butterick B6464.

Lisette B6464 for Butterick

This pattern is all about separates for combining in many ways. Versatility is very important to me when it comes to designing and sewing. I want to give you pieces that you can wear in as many ways as possible, and I hope these items will do just that.

The kimono-inspired jacket isn’t too literal, but it has a modern feeling to it. I love kimono-inspired jackets and think they’re so chic. Ironically, after designing this pattern I was in Paris for a fabric show and all the fashion industry insiders were wearing long, dramatic kimonos that were probably too extreme for “normal” wear (unless you’re a fashionista–you know what I mean).

This is my take on a more wearable contemporary kimono for layering. It’s a simple piece that can be styled lots of ways. You can sew it color-blocked like we show in the sample or you can make it in all one fabric. It’s meant for drapey fabrics so it will have lots of movement, and you could easily lengthen it for a more dramatic, fashion-designer feeling if you want to sweep into the room, ready for your close-up. It’s also easy to sew, with a dropped shoulder (no eased-in sleeves!) and bands at the sleeves and front edge.

Lisette for Butterick B6464

The fun thing about a jacket like this is that you can throw it on over almost anything. The Paris folks were wearing theirs over ripped jeans (which is how I wear mine a lot of the time, too) and strappy heels, but obviously it also works with the pieces in this pattern for a more professional look that you can wear to work as well. I think it would be great to wear in the summer when it’s too hot for a tailored jacket but you need an layer for the air conditioning. I’ll be making one for myself this spring because the evenings here in Madrid get cool.

Next: the top. I think shoulders are a fun way to show a little skin without being too revealing. This is a really easy piece to sew. It can be made in drapey and lightweight fabrics like voile and lawn or in silks and satins, but it will also work in regular cottons and shirtings. If you want, you can use a contrasting fabric for the neck yoke, and then there’s the little keyhole opening at the front and the gathering at the neckline which eliminates the need for bust darts. This top could be worn so many ways. You could even lengthen it to make a dress or a tunic if you want. I think it will be a terrific summer piece.

Lisette for Butterick B6464

The skirt is designed specifically for knits. I wanted it to be more structured than the usual tube skirt, so I included princess seams and hidden elastic in the waistband. You can make this in either of two lengths: just above or just below the knee. If you choose a knit with some spandex that has nice recovery it will keep its shape and be really comfortable at the same time.

Lisette for Butterick B6464

I hope you enjoy sewing with this style! You can find the pattern itself right here.

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