inspiration for the lisette B6183 trousers

This is the other half of the pattern we discussed last week, the cropped trousers from B6183. I think I say this about many of our patterns, but this is such a classic, versatile style. We haven’t seen much in the wide-legged trouser department in the past decade or so, which is such a shame because it’s a really flattering style for so many women. Think Katherine Hepburn’s iconic style and it’s always wide-legged trousers. These aren’t quite as wide as Kate’s, but they’ll give you a really nice line and will look good on lots of bodies–not just the lanky angular type.




As with most clothes, this style is all about the proportions. When cropped, the hem should be at least a couple of inches above the ankle. You can go shorter with them, too, as you’ll see below.




  1. I love everything about this. The boxy sweater, the strappy heels. Come on, spring!
  2. They’re cute with black pumps and a long jacket, too!
  3. Marsala, anyone? I love the Pantone color of the year because it works so well with camel, gray, navy and all my favorite basic colors.
  4. The pinstriped fabric is such a fun play on the classic power suite.
  5. For spring, why not a bright coral or red pair of trousers?
  6. Cropped trousers even work with ballet flats.
  7. Of all the different pant silhouettes available right now, I think the cropped wide-legged trousers feel the freshest. We haven’t seen them in a long time and they’re such a classic shape.



  1. Worn with a boxy top, this is a great silhouette for a lot of body types because it highlights the waistline.
  2. Make them in white or cream for spring. In this photo and the next photo, I just adore the long jacket! It really pulls an outfit together. I’m planning to make myself one using our Weekend Getaway Dress pattern, so stay tuned for details if you’d like to make one for yourself!
  3. I’d call this a completely fresh take on khakis.
  4. Bright blue looks great with neutrals. (See the last photo in this post for bright blue with brights, too!)
  5. Aren’t they fun in fuzzy camel? I like them with the boots, too. This would be a great winter look for those of you in the southern hemisphere approaching winter.
  6. Crop to just a few inches below the knee for more of a skirt look. This would be really great for a business setting: a crisp white blouse and skirt/trouser combo that’s a fresh take on the classics.
  7. In a dusty blue.
  8. Or teal.
  9. Here’s the whole outfit from the pattern: the slightly boxy-but-fitted cropped top with the full cropped trouser. I just love this silhouette.
  10. And why not denim? I had a similar pair years ago and I wore them until they fell apart and Todd was embarrassed to be seen with me. I think I may just make a new pair!


Are you noticing the shoes? A heel or a classic menswear-inspired brogue is the way to go here. You could do a ballet flat if you want, too.

And before I go, here’s a darling pair of cropped trousers in bright blue for spring to show you that they work for curvy girls, too.




I’m sort of leaning toward an updated khaki for my first pair. Robert Kaufman makes this really interesting tropical bi-stretch fabric I want to try. (The color is less red in real life.) And I might tackle denim later. What do you think: neutrals or color for your trousers?


Rebecca said...

I REALLY want the denim ones!! Where does one buy already-finished denim, rather than raw?! I hadn’t considwred the pattern previously, but the denim one makes me envious!

Heather said...

I bought a gorgeous faux suede that I am thinking needs to be these trousers…. I need to play with the drape a little to be sure, so I’ll play with a muslin first, but I am pretty tweaked at the possibility.

Liesl Gibson said...

Rebecca, you could call and ask around. I’ve seen a huge variety of denim qualities at Mood and at B&J Fabrics here in NYC, and B&J is especially helpful when it comes to sending out swatches. I’ll let you know what I find next time I drop by those stores! And Heather, faux suede is perfect! Is it like Ultrasuede? I’m obsessed by that stuff, and it’s so on trend right now with all the 1970’s stuff happening in fashion at present. I hope you’ll show us!

Tereza said...

This was the first pattern from your new set at Butterick that caught my eye with the cropped trouser, polished top and chunky necklace. Love the styling! I just found two great fabrics yesterday for the pants. One is a heavy grey and black cotton-blend with great stretch for comfort.The other is plain black stretch denim (really polished and unworked). I would love to wear jeans to work, but they have to be trouser style. Both go with the other fabrics I’ve picked for the sew-a-long (work core wardrobe focused).