fabric inspiration for the lisette B6183 top

The top I designed for the new Lisette B6183 pattern is a grown-up T-shirt. It’s made for wovens and is more fitted than a basic T which makes it flattering instead of floppy. It works well both worn alone and as a layering piece, so if you wear a suit to work it will be a great basic under jackets and worn with accessories. But it also looks great worn by itself with skirts, trousers, and even jeans. You’re sure to get a lot of wear out of it.




This pattern has princess seams, which are so helpful for getting a good fit. And I already mentioned that the pattern comes in multiple cup sizes, so the first step in getting a good fit has already been done for you.

Ready for a few fabric and styling ideas? This style was a lot of fun to research for you!



  1. Isn’t this floral print pretty? Pick a dressy floral with your favorite colors and you’ll be surprised how often you can wear this.
  2. The shape of this top is quite different from the top in the pattern, but I included it because I like the color blocking with two different prints. As long as the prints are a similar color palette and different scales this can be a really fun way to play with two prints you like. If you want to achieve a slimmer silhouette you might try using darker side panels, which can give the illusion of a narrow waist.
  3. Try a geometric print or an interesting jacquard for a fancy version of the top.
  4. Princess seams are a great place to try insertion lace, which is an heirloom technique that’s incredibly easy to sew.
  5. Try an Indian block print for a boho look!
  6. An awning stripe will give a really contemporary look that would be fun for spring or summer.
  7. Look for pretty, simple prints like this one.




  1. Lace, of course. Don’t miss this version or this version in the Lisette Pinterest board either.
  2. Or just a lace yoke? Since the yoke on this pattern is lined, you could use a skin-toned color for the lining or a matching solid if you prefer/
  3. Color blocking the yoke and sleeves for a sporty look. Here’s another contrast yoke you might like.
  4. Pink sateen for fancy.
  5. Reverse polka dots would be a fun way to color block this pattern! Again, do the yoke and sleeves for a really cute top.
  6. Speaking of color blocking, go all the way with three bold solid colors if you really want to have fun with this style. Black yoke and sleeves, mustard side panels, cream center front and center back panels. and maybe a black band at the hem, just for fun?
  7. This style doesn’t have to be fancy. Denim or chambray would make a great casual style, and I love the raw edges for a tough look. If you’re not a fan of raw edges, try flat-felled seams.
  8. A pretty abstract print.
  9. Neutral jacquard. Or use a tie silk for a really fancy and colorful top! And if you’re really feeling adventurous, look for a fabric with a lot of texture, like this one.
  10. Neutral color blocking. Very sophisticated and versatile. You could cut the yoke in half for a similar look.


I couldn’t leave without featuring a few more versions I love.




This crazy-fancy embellished wool version is just so pretty. You might be inspired by some of these over-the-top details to try embellishing in a smaller way yourself. A little trim on the sleeves, perhaps? A fancy embellished collar, either applied or simply embroidered? Maybe some beading along the edge of the yoke? And if you have an embroidery machine, certainly an embroidered yoke!




This silhouette works great on curvy bodies, too! The trick is the proportions. The semi-cropped hem prevents it from overpowering or feeling oversized. (And yes, you might prefer to underline the lace. I think that would be a good idea.)




See what I mean about being a great style for fancy? This is actually a dress, but I prefer it as two separates. And we have a great Liesl + Co. skirt pattern coming out soon that would be perfect with this top to create a similar style. Stay tuned!

As always, there are many more ideas on my Lisette board if you need more inspiration. I’ll show you the fabrics I’ve selected for this top soon. Who wants a sew-along for this style?


Sherri said...

LOVE this design! Anyone have a good idea of what type of fabric I should use to get the look of the very first illustration at the very top of the post — where the top is neutral / dark brown / dark purple in color? Thank you!

Tereza said...

I was just cutting out this pattern tissue. I have a cute quilter’s cotton that I think will be perfect for this top. I love the styling of the top with trousers and a chunky necklace. That is a common go to look for work in my world. I love the simple, yet polished look without it being a sloppy tee. I’m going to add a CB, so I can use an invisible zip for the first time.
I would love to see this as a sew-a-long in the future.

Heather said...

Sherri – that looks like a linen or a blend.
maybe: https://www.fabric.com/buy/0365679/eroica-cosmo-linen-taupe
try googling taupe linen and start from there!

I am going to make this in a gorgeous linen jacquard I picked up today – ecru with silver irregular polkadots – like a cheetah print.

Liesl Gibson said...

Sherri, I’m glad you like it! If you follow the Pinterest link you can read the actual content of the fabric in the photo, but in this case I think it’s more about finding a great print that’s similar, yes? Anything with a little body should be fine. You could take a look at Mood, since they tend to have a lot of great prints on their website. I’d be especially excited by a silk/linen blend, like Heather suggests. And Tereza, we’ll offer it as a sew-along for sure! I’ve got mine all cut out and ready to go.