We’re pleased to have two new Lisette patterns, Lisette for Butterick B6901 and Lisette for Butterick 6902, to introduce today. This style will be great for late summer and the transition into fall. It’s this cute menswear-inspired vest and pleated trousers or short.
You probably already know I adore tailored clothing, and I designed this set to be especially chic. And it comes in two size ranges, which always makes me so happy.
The vest is fully lined and includes menswear-inspired tailored styling like buttons down the front, front and back darts for shaping, front welt faux pockets (if you’re feeling ambitious you could certainly make these into real welt pockets by adapting the welt pockets from one of our Liesl + Co patterns like the Lisboa Walking Shorts), and a self-tie back belt together with a center-back notch because I love that detail.
The pleated-front shorts and trousers have front pockets, an invisible side zipper, back darts for shaping, and belt loops at the waist.
This vest can easily work its way into your wardrobe for sleeveless late-summer styling as well as worn layered with a shirt or sweater this fall and winter. And the trousers are so classic. You can sew these pieces as a set by making them from the same fabric or sew them as separates from coordinating fabrics for mix-and-match wardrobe pieces.
You’ve got a wide variety of fabric options for this style. The pattern suggests gabardine, poplin, denim, crepe, and tropical wool. I’d be inclined to try linen, cotton twill, or a beautiful herringbone of linen or wool. And you might want to consider dressy fabrics, too, like a red satin version version. What an unexpected pop of color under a jacket that could be, or with fancy trousers for a night out? Neutrals colors will go far and work well into most wardrobes, but brighter or soft pastels would also be amazing.
I hope you’ll give this style a try. I’d love to see! You can see some styling ideas in my Lisette for Butterick B6901 B6902 Pinterest board. We hope you’ll also tag us with #sewlisette, #B6901, and #B6902.