introducing the cappuccino dress and tunic

Every once in a while a sewing pattern can be a bit of a sleeper that gains a following over time. That was the case with our Lisette Portfolio Dress + Tunic. We released it with Simplicity as Simplicity 2245 three years ago. The pattern sold well at the start, then sales tapered off, and then (thanks primarily to Pinterest, I think) the pattern became enormously popular–just as it was being taken out of print.

You begged and pleaded with us to bring it back. Many, many of you begged and pleaded. So many of you begged and pleaded that we knew something had to be done. So we begged and pleaded with Simplicity to bring it back. The answer was no.

So. Here’s a brand new, improved, and completely re-drafted version of the much-loved Portfolio Dress + Tunic. We’ve called it the Cappuccino Dress + Tunic.


Cappuccino Dress + Tunic Sewing Pattern


We’ve redesigned the style after I noticed that some of you felt that the neckline was a bit high. Now it has a flattering V-neck that I think is also a little easier to sew than the original design. And we won’t run out of these because they’re digital patterns. (If there’s enough interest, we may also release it in paper this fall–if you can wait that long.)



As with the original Portfolio pattern, the Cappuccino pattern has kimono sleeves and a slightly relaxed fit but with gentle shaping at the sides. Which means that it skims the body but still flatters your curves. And of course the dress version has those cool almost-hidden inseam pockets that everyone loves (and that I think caused this to take off on Pinterest). You might notice that we lengthened the dress a bit, and I think the tunic is a really great length and shape. In fact, I could wear the tunic every day. It’s just the sort of thing I love to wear.






Cappuccino Dress

The pattern works really well with quilting cotton, chambray, lawn, shirting, poplin, broadcloth, sateen, voile, and linen. I think you could also sew it from fine-wale corduroy or wool crepe if you’re wanting something for cool weather. But why not dress it up a bit too? And I think it would be really cute in a stable knit. We sewed the versions for these photos from washed silk (tunic) and rayon (dress), and I’m thrilled with the results.

We hope you enjoy this pattern! Thanks for your patience as we re-developed it. You can get your copy now in the Oliver + S shop.


  1. March 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm Link

    I love this, Liesl!

  2. March 22, 2014 at 10:16 am Link

    I also find this neckline much more flattering. It opens up the face and gives a vertical line that I think is slimming. I love it in rayon and the washed silk! The drape over the shoulders in those fabrics makes a beautiful fit. I wish I had more rayon in my stash, but I think a soft linen would also make a good casual dress for summer.

  3. March 22, 2014 at 10:13 am Link

    Ditto on the gorgeous model — there’s just something about an olive complexion with dark eyes and curls, wouldn’t you say? Haha (lest I sound like an awful creeper, the joke behind this is that I have similar coloring).

    I’d also love the option of a rounded neckline as a ‘view C’ to mix it up, though looking at the line drawing, I think making the alteration might be a bit above my skill level. I bet one of the clever ladies here will figure it out and blog it, though. Actually, I have the Simplicity pattern as well, wonder if I could blend them ….

  4. March 22, 2014 at 3:37 am Link

    I didnt realise it was out of print, as I was lucky enough to buy one early on! I’ve made a few and always get compliments. But I like the changes too, so now feel I want to buy this pattern as well! Cant the neckline change be added to the original pattern? Otherwise, i’ll add it to the ‘want’ list!

  5. March 22, 2014 at 2:45 am Link

    This is fabulous! And I LOVE your model.

  6. March 22, 2014 at 12:21 am Link

    Oh, I love this! I’m pregnant now, so I can’t sew it up yet, but It’s going on my sewing wishlist for after the baby is born!!

  7. March 21, 2014 at 11:43 pm Link

    I haven’t ever commented on the blog posts before, but I felt compelled to tell you that this pattern looks fantastic! The shaping, styling, sleeve options, and the loose fit all appeal to me so I will definitely be making some of these. I can see how easy this would be to make in a really dressy fabric or as a more casual top or dress. So versatile. Who doesn’t want that?!?

  8. March 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm Link

    Marcy, if you see this, I have a copy of the pattern that I bought last week for $5 and it is the smaller size range. You are welcome to it if you’d like. Email me!

    Super happy this has been re released – I love the new neckline and can’t wait to make it up!

  9. March 21, 2014 at 11:21 pm Link

    Oooo lovely! I managed to find a copy of the original a couple years ago and have really enjoyed the tunic I made, despite the higher neck and not quite enough room across the chest – can’t wait to try this new version with the better neckline Nicole’s suggestion of a slightly wider centre piece to stop the pulling across the bust. Thank you!

  10. March 21, 2014 at 10:03 pm Link

    Really love the new neckline – I found the yoke too high for me, and so despite owing the original Portfolio in both size ranges, think I may need to purchase this one anyway!

  11. March 21, 2014 at 9:48 pm Link
    Amy F

    I’ve had the Portfolio pattern for years and never got around to sewing it. LOVE this version so much better! The neckline!!!

  12. March 21, 2014 at 9:13 pm Link

    This is timely since I’ve been trying to track down the original pattern for less than $50!!! But I actually prefer the round neckline of the original. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I’m super petite and small busted? On the other end of the plus size requests, I would like to see tops in one size smaller than those offered.

  13. March 21, 2014 at 9:10 pm Link

    Ladies who are inquiring about bigger sizes. I have biggish boobs (C-D cup) even when I am not carrying extra weight.
    It is very easy to add some width to the centre panel which gives you more tummy room and extra boobage!

    Jenny, you are very welcome!

  14. March 21, 2014 at 8:23 pm Link

    This looks amazing! Thanks so much for re-releasing it!

  15. March 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm Link
    Theresa Davies

    Very cute, I have the original pattern. Just curious about measurements, the finished bust measurement (size 16) is actually smaller than the size guide measurement? No ease???
    I too would love to see a few patterns drafted closer to the plus range, this one in particular. :)

    1. March 21, 2014 at 8:41 pm Link

      Thanks for catching that Theresa. There was a little typo in the finished measurement chart. It’s fixed now.

  16. March 21, 2014 at 7:31 pm Link

    Ok, I am ignorant of the Portfolio, maybe because, after doing a Google search and seeing it, I can now say there is no way I would have purchased it. Not because it wasn’t cute, but because it looks like not enough ease and drape for the bust. The new neckline? Changes everything!

    And can you tell me what is that fabulous fabric that you made the dress in? Wow is that beautiful.

    Nicole, I am going to go stalk your blog to see what the pockets are all about!

  17. March 21, 2014 at 7:04 pm Link

    Liesl, my blog post on the How to sew the Portfolio Pockets gets 50 hits a day! And my linen Portfolio is constantly repined.

    I cannot tell you how excited I am about this being re-released.

  18. March 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm Link

    Have you considered making this in plus?

  19. March 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm Link

    Oh, I love it. I am so exited about something new for me to sew!

  20. March 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm Link

    I made I think 3 versions of the Portfolio and loved each one. But I am so excited for an updated Portfolio. The design looks lovely. And I do love sewing with rayon. So flattering. Thank you! Sewing this one up is going to have to wait till after I have the baby though! :)

  21. March 21, 2014 at 5:31 pm Link

    I love the tunic! It looks like it will be great to skim over a post-partum tummy.

  22. March 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm Link

    I love the changes! Especially the new neckline )

  23. March 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm Link

    Oh- I love the new neckline! I tried to make the original for myself, but never managed to make one that I liked- and now that you have changed the neckline, I think that is why! I tend to wear more scoop or v-necks. I kind of want the exact tunic pictured in this post- I love the fabric!

  24. March 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm Link

    I’m so glad you like it, Kitty! Yes, I think this is more flattering for a fuller bust. Cheers!

  25. March 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm Link

    Awesome. I never bought the Portfolio (despite being in love with the pockets) because the neckline did not seem flattering for larger busts. This version? Just perfect. Can’t wait to sew it up for the summer!

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