Today I’m happy to introduce you to the second of our new Lisette patterns for the season. This one is Lisette for Butterick B6598.

I was in London last year representing our Lisette patterns at a sewing show when I realized that we haven’t really done much in the way of fancy dresses–by which I mean dresses that might be worn to a more formal event, as opposed work or and every day apparel.

If you’re like me you probably don’t attend all that many black tie events, but chances are good that you need a cocktail dress or a dress that might be worn for a wedding, etc. And as much as a skin-baring dress can be fun, I’m a firm believer that comfort equals confidence. And I don’t always feel comfortable (or confident) in a strapless number. Thus, this pattern.

B6598

This is a two-piece pattern: top and skirt. Worn together they look like a dress, but they can also be worn as separates for more versatility. I love the shirring down the semi-fitted front, which also serves to help unify them when they’re worn together. Top View A is sleeveless and lined, while View B includes a front ruffle and fancy lantern sleeves (not too crazy or full, just interesting and fun) with a partial lining. Both views are semi-fitted with a pleated peplum detail that keeps the style playful and not too fitted. The skirt is fully lined as well.

B6598

B6598

B6598

You’ll see that, in the end, we eliminated a few details from my original sketch. It started to feel too busy once all those details were included, but I’m really happy with the final result.

B6598

For fabrics, we used crepe-back satin, but you could also choose wool crepe, a fancy jacquard, or a tweed or other textured fabric. Shantung or velvet could also be really pretty, don’t you think? I also love the idea of sewing it in a glen plaid or or other checked suiting and then pairing just the skirt with a denim shirt, for versatility outside the office.

I’m really excited to sew and wear this one this fall. If you sew it be sure to tag it #sewlisette and #B6598, will you? And make sure to add your version to the Lisette Flickr group.

I’m happy to announce that our new season of Lisette patterns is now available from Butterick. I’ll be introducing you to the two new styles this week. Let’s start with this dress, Lisette for Butterick B6589.

I’ll be honest with you. I was a bit disappointed when I saw the envelope cover for this style. This is a fitted dress, and it looked wonderful at the muslin stage. But it’s decidedly not fitted on the model used for the envelope photo. Apparently, at the photo shoot two different models wore it, and this model was much smaller than the other. So let’s overlook this photo for now and jump to the next, shall we?

B6589 Cover

This is better, isn’t it?

Butterick B6589 pattern

Let’s talk about the details. This is a mock-wrap dress with princess seams so you can get a good fit. It’s so much easier to adjust the fit when you have princess seams, so I like to include them in our patterns because they’re really helpful, especially if you’re less experienced with fitting or you vary between sizes. And they look pretty, too.

This style looks like a wrap dress but without the obvious downsides of an actual wrap dress, so you don’t need to worry about a sudden gust of wind or other awkward moments like that. It’s meant to be close-fitting, and the front shirring gives it a little style while also making it more forgiving in terms of camouflage. The dress closes with an invisible zipper at the side, and you can choose from the straight skirt on View B (the drawing) or add the godets that make it a flared skirt like the photo. View A also includes a little shirring at the bracelet-length sleeves, while the slim skirt of View B pairs nicely with slim straight sleeves. And on both views the neckline is built up a bit. I called it a shawl collar in my original sketch, but that’s not exactly right. (You can also see that on the back view we ended up eliminating the shirring at the lower back in my original sketch. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but in the muslin it just looked like a fitting error.)

B6589 sketch

In terms of fabrics, I would recommend crepe-backed satin (which is what we used for the dress in the photos), wool suiting (my favorite), wool crepe, or even velvet would work beautifully if you want to make it party-worthy. I’ll talk about that more below. Ponte and other stable knits would also work really well for this style.

Butterick B6589

Here’s the full-length for both front and back. Even though the fit isn’t great on the model here, you can still see the details.

B6589

B6589

This would be a great dress for work (if you’re a Suits fan, you know what I mean), but it would also be great for fancy parties or dinners out. I think it would be stunning in velvet as a holiday dress, don’t you?

I hope you’ll have fun with this style! Be sure to tag it #sewlisette and #B6589 if you sew it, will you? And you can also post your photos to the Lisette Flickr group. As always, I can’t wait to see what you do with this style.

I’m very pleased to introduce you to our second new spring Lisette for Butterick pattern, B6567.

Years ago I designed a Lisette pattern called the Portfolio Dress. For some unexpected reason the pattern went viral just as it was being taken out of print, and all these years later we still receive emails from people looking for a copy of that pattern. I designed the Liesl + Co. Cappuccino Dress in response to those requests, but it seemed worth revisiting the style again since we’ve heard from so many of you who really loved the contrast fabric at the center front.

To that end, Lisette B6567 brings back those super-popular on-seam pockets and gives the style a fresh, updated look–along with the option for that contrast center-front panel.

Lisette B6567

Each of the two views features gentle side-shaping and those interesting (and functional) on-seam pockets. One added advantage of this particular version of the style is those princess seams down the front bodice. This means it’s an easy pattern to adjust for fuller busts! View A has the contrast front panel that is perfect for an interesting printed fabric or a little bit of embellishment, and View B is a little bit shorter (which also works well as a tunic) and adds 3/4-length sleeves for cooler weather or extra coverage, as you prefer. As always, you can mix and match the options from the two views.

This design is easy to sew and completely appropriate for work or the weekend. I think it will be a terrific summer dress, but keep in mind that you can also add the 3/4-length sleeves and wear it with trousers, leggings, or tights in cooler weather. It’s very layer-able. (Is that a word? If not, I’m making it into one.) I think you’ll like the clean-finished neckline, which is completely faced so there’s nothing tricky about sewing it. And I really like the shoulder yoke, which you could also sew in a contrast fabric if you want. This style also has an inverted box pleat for extra comfort while maintaining the slim silhouette.

Lisette B6567

In terms of fabric, I was kind of obsessed with the idea of using a Toile du Jouy for this pattern, and I’m happy with how it turned out! This would also be cute in solid or patterned linen–I’ve got some navy linen set aside for this purpose– or in a really big, bold print. Wouldn’t it be fun in something like a vintage Marimekko print? You could also choose a drapier fabric like crepe or challis for a dressier look. (Ooh, what about hammered silk?)

Lisette B6567In any case, I’ve assembled a few inspirational images (mostly of the original Portfolio Dress since there isn’t a lot out there similar to this style) in a Lisette for Butterick B6567 Pinterest folder. I hope you’ll tag your images #sewlisette and #B6567 on social media so we can see them! I know you’re going to have fun with this one and I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

Spring is almost here, and that means it’s time to introduce you to our new season of Lisette for Butterick patterns.

I’ll start today with my favorite, Lisette B6561. This is one I had been contemplating for a while before I finally sat down and designed it, and I’m really pleased that we were able to include two very different styles in one envelope. I think it gives you lots of options.

Lisette B6561

View A, the blue lace top, has an empire yoke with full gathered body and sleeves. I knew right away that we needed to use lace for this one. Isn’t it pretty? It’s really easy to sew, too. I’ll show you one I made for myself shortly.

Lisette B6561

View B is the one I’m really in love with, however. That fabric! This one has French darts and cute ties at the sleeves.

Lisette B6561, View B

Both views have a simple button-loop closure at the back neck.

Need some fabric and styling ideas? Don’t worry, I’ve been collecting them for you.

One of the things I like about this pattern is that you can take it so many directions, depending on your personal style and preferences. I love the feminine lace option, but I also like that cool Parisian Isabel Marant-type style, too. Maybe instead of lace you’d like to play with applying ribbons to get a little more of that boho feeling.

For those of you who prefer View B, this one is all about the sleeves, of course. Try using lace for the full ruffled sleeve, or maybe try a border print at the hem of the sleeve. Somehow this style just begs for silk satin, in my opinion, but it will work with many other drapey fabrics as well.

You can see all these ideas and more in my Lisette for Butterick B6561 Pinterest board. Be sure to tag your creations #sewlisette and #B6561 so we can see what you’ve made with this pattern.

This style will be available soon everywhere that Butterick patterns are sold.

Did you know that pattern numbers get recycled? Once a pattern goes out of print for a period of time, the pattern number itself is re-issued with a new style. Which is why, when I first searched for my newest Lisette pattern which has just be released, Lisette for Butterick B6526, I came up with this.

Choir robes

But no, I’m not designing choir robes. Although I’m sure there is a need for them! (Or was, at least, since now it’s out of print….)

Here is the real pattern I want to introduce to you. It’s part of Butterick’s Winter 2017 collection, and I was definitely thinking cozy chic for this design.

Lisette B6526 Cover

First, the top. This one is an easy-to-wear and incredibly easy-to-sew knit pullover. I like the crossover styling, which is cozy and casual. This is a fitted style, but I plan to sew it a bit oversized because I think it will also be a great layering piece. (I think it could be cute worn over the Liesl + Co. Classic Shirt, for example, more like a cardigan worn over a shirt. I’ll show you what I mean soon.)

Lisette B6526

The trousers have a front zipper (if you want to add a fly shield you can always refer to the zipper fly tutorial on our Oliver + S website), and side panel instead of a side seam. I think the side panel gives you a sleeker look and allows for fun color blocking, too. These are cut slim but not skinny and include on-seam front and back pockets, a back yoke (because a yoke seam almost always makes your butt look better, in my opinion, and it eliminates the need for darts). The design also includes a waistband with belt loops so that the trousers can be worn with all sorts of tops, including the kind you tuck in. In my opinion clothing is always better when it can be worn many different ways.

Lisette B6526

Here’s the back view. I think it’s nice to have a little more back coverage sometimes, don’t you? If you prefer this style a little shorter, the Butterick patterns always include a lengthen and shorten line, so never fear.

Lisette B6526

You can find some inspiration and ideas for this pattern over in my Lisette B6526 Pinterest board.

Fabric Suggestions

One of the challenging things about designing for, and sewing with, knits is that there is such a wide variety of knit fabric out there, and each one will have a different hand, weight, and amount of stretch. Your fabric choices are going to heavily influence the look you get when you sew this top pattern, for sure.

I was thinking about sweater knits when I designed this top, and they will give the pattern more of a relaxed look. But you could also use jersey, French terry, sweatshirt fleece, and maybe even polar fleece if you’re so inclined. Watch the hand of the fabric. A stiffer knit will look more like the photos with the model, while a soft knit will look more casual.

The trousers will be easiest to sew and to fit if you choose a woven fabric with some stretch, but you know that won’t stop me when it comes to trying other fabrics like jacquards, printed satin and sateen, and maybe a tartan plaid. More obvious fabrics would be stretch twill or denim, which will also help with getting a good fit more easily. But what about faux leather? You could even use the seams to narrow the legs a bit if you prefer more of a cigarette pant. Most faux leather has a decent amount of stretch, so don’t rule it out! For the holidays, if you hurry, you could also sew them in a pretty silk satin for something both dressy and understated.

Show us Yours!

I can’t wait to see how you sew these two pieces. You can pick up the pattern itself right here, and once you’ve sewn it be sure to tag us #sewlisette and #B6526 on Instagram and add your photo to the Lisette Flickr group so we can see what you’ve made!

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