One thing I wanted to do with Lisette was to give you lots of options in every pattern envelope so that you can customize the final garment to your own personal style. I think we’ve done that well with the Market Dress, Tunic, Skirt, & Blouse sewing pattern.
The Market top is an simple style that can be made as a blouse, tunic, or dress. While the blouse (shown at right) is very cute, I actually like the tunic length best. (We’ll have some photos of this view to share shortly.) I think it would make a great summer top or swimsuit cover-up if made in linen or printed cotton. But it can also look dressy made up in silk. It pulls on over the head with no closures, so it’s easy and quick to make. But it has a great fit, with high armholes and a narrower sleeve at the bicep that is very flattering without being restricting (or constricting, either). You can make it in two fabrics to emphasize the details, or use one fabric for a completely different look. While the buttons are optional (the placket is decorative only), you can have fun with them as a design element. The three-quarter length sleeve (my favorite) has a cute ruffle at the elbow, and the short sleeve is sweet and feminine.
The skirt can be made in two lengths. The longer skirt includes cute little kick pleats at the front and back while the shorter skirt eliminates the kick pleats and focuses on the piecing. I like the seaming details because you can add contrast topstitching for a professional, sporty look. Both skirts have decorative button tabs that could also be used as belt loops. The A-line cut is flattering on pretty much everyone. The skirt has a side zip, and the waistband uses twill tape instead of a facing. It’s very easy to sew and helps the waistband keep its shape but isn’t visible and doesn’t add any bulk at the waistline.
We paired the skirt and blouse with flats for the photo shoot, but you can imagine how nice the skirt would look with wedges or with some serious heels, too. Pick your top length, pick your skirt length, pick your heels. It’s all about your style.