If you like color blocking as much as I do, we have a perfect new sewing pattern for you!

Here’s the new Lisette for Butterick B6708 sewing pattern. I feel like there aren’t really many asymmetrical patterns out there, and since I often find myself admiring color combinations (here are some color ideas from Pinterest if you need a little inspiration for yourself), I thought it might be nice to have a pattern in which you can combine two or more colors. Or two textures. Or you can sew the entire dress in one color as well, if you prefer. Maybe you want to play with a little flat piping instead of color? Lots of options.

Lisette for Butterick B6708

The dress itself is quite simple. It’s basically a not-too-fitted sheath dress with seaming that’s a fun play on traditional princess seams. It also includes simple bust darts so you can easily make adjustments to get a good fit. But what’s really cool–to me, anyway–is that although I designed it for woven fabrics like crepe, you can also use a stable knit like ponte. So it will be really comfortable, too. I would imagine it would be quite cozy for fall and winter. And even if you sew it from one color, the style lines will keep it interesting, like a little surprise. I’m sure you’ve seen someone wearing an item of clothing that seems really basic until you look more closely and discover that it’s more complex than meets the eye. Imagine this dress sewn in charcoal heather and you’ll understand what I mean.

Lisette for Butterick B6708

The back has princess lines from the shoulder, which makes it easy to fit. There’s nothing to keep you from color blocking back here, too.

Lisette for Butterick B6708

I think these “lifestyle” photos are supposed to help you imagine the dress at home or at work, although that wall below looks a little flat to me. (On the other hand, I love the floor. And I’d wear those shoes All. The Time. I feel like they’re calling my name.)

Lisette for Butterick B6708

I wasn’t able to find many photos on Pinterest to inspire you for this style. What I wanted to show you, however, is that in addition to color blocking you might want to think about combining a solid with a print or a texture. I love the idea of a lace overlay or a floral or a geometric for one section. My Pinterest folder for this style can be found right here.

What do you think? If you sew this pattern I hope you’ll tag us on Instagram #sewlisette and #B6708. You can pick up a copy of the pattern for yourself right now or anywhere Butterick patterns are available very soon. Have fun with it, and show us what you make!

It’s finally time to introduce you to our newest Lisette for Butterick pattern, B6681.

I get so excited about these patterns, I can hardly wait until they’re available so I can share them with you! And I love this one because it’s going to be so fun for summer.

B6681

This is a dress that looks like separates, which is why I think you’re going to have so much fun with it. I’m really glad when we can offer both short-sleeve and sleeveless views for the same pattern, too, since with sleeves this style is more wearable for work and a lot of you often prefer sleeves.

The top is an overlay, with a more fitted dress underneath. The cropped hem of the top has a fun little notch and a wide hem in addition to buttons up the back, which actually cover a back zipper for the dress itself. And you can’t see it very well in the photos, but the shoulders of the blouse have a cute triangular-shaped yoke to give it that interesting square neckline.

Lisette for Butterick B6681

The skirt, meanwhile, features gentle pleats for soft fullness. You could switch to gathers instead of pleats if you want. The skirt also has a wide hem to mimic the hem of the top. Plus, pockets!

Lisette B6681

For fabrics, you can make this as dressy or casual as you like! For casual, poplin, linen, or sateen would be great. If you want to get fancy, think about lace (as an overlay on the top it would be amazing!), brocade, or eyelet. And don’t forget that you could also sew this dress so it looks like separates!

You can see a set of inspirational images on my Lisette for Butterick B6681 Pinterest board if you’d like.

I’m planning to have a lot of fun with this pattern and I hope you will too. You can pick up your copy of Lisette for Butterick B6681 right here (and everywhere else Butterick patterns are sold.) Don’t forget to tag us #sewlisette, #B6681, and #butterick so we can see what you’re doing with this one!

Wow, I’m so pleased to finally introduce you to my newest Lisette pattern, Lisette B6661 for Butterick! It’s something I’ve been working on for a long time now, mostly because I’ve been trying to decide the best way to develop it. I’ll tell you a little bit about it and why it took so long to work out the details.

Butterick B6661

I’ve been thinking about sundresses for a few years, loving the idea of criss-crossed straps and playing with stripes in the princess seams. Princess seams are so helpful for letting you get a good fit, but they can also be used to get a chevron effect when you’re working with stripes, so that’s an added benefit of this style. But the style details of a sundress like this can be tricky for anyone who needs to wear a bra. Which is probably most of us, right?

Lisette for Butterick B6661

I had a sundress sort of like this when I was in high school, and my mom made me wear a shirt under it because the sides were too open. (So funny, now S would be the one to make me wear something under it!) This design, however, actually shows only a little skin even though it gives the effect of being breezy and open and carefree. So, in effect, it actually is carefree because you don’t need to worry about showing too much–or more than you intended to show. The open back is quite deceptive, actually.

A couple of summers ago we were visiting friends in Barcelona, and we were talking about sundresses while walking around, people watching. I mentioned that I was thinking about this style and my concerns about not being able to wear a bra with it. I told them I was thinking about adding a shelf bra to the construction, and after a little discussion about how it would work we agreed that it would be helpful.

A shelf bra might not sound like enough support, especially if you’re full busted. But hear me out: First of all, you might be surprised about the amount of coverage in this style because of the way the straps get wider as they reach the sides of the dress.

Plus, remember that you can always add cup liners to a shelf bra, much like with swimwear. In fact, we had a long discussion about this when I stopped in at the Butterick offices for a development meeting this past summer. (That’s when we review the details, discuss which fabrics to use for the photos, etc. ) Between the wide straps and the shelf bra with cups, I think you’ll feel surprisingly secure and legitimately carefree in this style.

Lisette for Butterick B6661

Lisette for Butterick B6661

The skirt comes in two lengths (of course you can sew it any length you want, but it’s all ready for you in two different lengths when you open the pattern), and I think this sundress will look great in solid-colored fabrics as well. In fact, I’ve got some salmon-colored linen waiting for my copy of the pattern to arrive one of these days. But first I have to finish some of the other things that have been waiting for me to sew them. And it will take a while to get through customs anyway.

Lisette for Butterick B6661

I think it would be fun to sew this pattern in an oversized gingham or a pretty floral, but a solid would be fantastic as well! And what about an eyelet (broderie anglaise)? And of course stripes would be wonderful.

Need some inspiration for this one? Here we go. You can see more photos and ideas in my B6661 Lisette for Butterick Pinterest folder.

I hope you’ll have loads of fun sewing and wearing this dress! You can purchase the pattern right here. And please share your photos on Instagram with the hashtags #sewlisette and #B6661 so we can see how it turns out!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a blazer girl. A good blazer can do so much for your wardrobe, and they’re not just for the corporate world. We’re not talking suits here, although I’m a big fan of a good suit and wore many back in my corporate days. I’m talking about the blazer as a wardrobe essential, the item that can transform anything worn with it. A blazer worn over a T-shirt and jeans looks so much more stylish and chic and elevates the entire outfit. Worn over a cute little floral dress it can add stylish warmth layer and also bring a little bit of masculine tailoring to a feminine style. It’s also a great seasonal transitional item!

So here’s a little classic blazer with a twist for you. Introducing the new Lisette B6641 blazer pattern.

Lisette for Butterick B6641 blazer sewing pattern

This is a classic boy-cut blazer but with a turned-up collar that changes that whole notched-collar concept into something much more interesting and exciting while framing your face at the same time. And I know you’ll be excited to hear that this pattern includes princess seams and cup sizes so the challenges of getting a good fit are already handled for you.

Lisette for Butterick B6641 blazer sewing pattern

I like the darts, seams, and vent at the back, too. Isn’t it elegant?

Lisette for Butterick B6641 blazer sewing pattern

For fabrics, you’ll want to consider wool suiting (obviously) and flannel, denim or chambray, velvet or velveteen, cotton twill, gabardine, linen, brocade. So many options!

You can pick up a copy of B6641 in the Oliver + S shop, and obviously I’m going to want to see how it turns out so tag it #sewlisette and #B6641 on Instagram so we can all admire, will you? And here’s the link to our Lisette for Butterick B6641 Pinterest board for these and more inspiration photos. Have fun with this one!

This time of year, who doesn’t want an easy, comfortable knit dress to wear? I thought it would be nice to offer you something that’s both easy to wear and simple to fit. So our new Lisette B6626 dress pattern has separate cup sizes, which means that you’re one giant step closer to getting a great fit right away. The princess seams will get you even closer to a great fit since they’re easy to adjust as needed.

Lisette for Butterick B6626 knit dress sewing pattern

This is one of those classic fit-and-flare dress styles that seems to suit everyone, you know? With the flared skirt and an invisible side zipper that allows you to get a close fit through the bodice, it’s the type of dress you can feel great wearing. And you can style it so many ways. Your choice of accessories will help you to get lots of wear out of this style because you can dress it up or keep it casual, however you prefer.

You can also choose from two different lengths and two sleeve lengths.

I especially like the back with the little cut-out and the bow detail.

Lisette for Butterick B6626 knit dress sewing pattern

Lisette for Butterick B6626 knit dress sewing pattern

Think about using Jersey, ponte, and interlock for this pattern. You might also want to consider sewing the bodice and skirt from two different colors or prints if you want it to look more like separates.

Butterick B6626

I can’t wait to see what you do with this pattern! Pick up your own copy of the pattern on the Oliver + S website. Then tag us with #sewlisette and #B6626 on Instagram so we can see how it turns out. And don’t miss our Lisette for Butterick B6626 Pinterest folder for more images.

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.

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