introducing new lisette patterns for butterick

I’m pleased and excited to finally announce something I’ve been working on for quite a while now. My new collection of women’s sewing patterns under our Lisette brand is being released this spring with Butterick! You’ll start seeing them in stores soon, and we’ll have them available in the Oliver + S shop shortly.



For the past year or so I’ve been putting a lot of thought into designing a collection of core wardrobe items for women. The idea of the core wardrobe has really become very popular in the past few years, and with very good reason. It’s a way of thinking about your wardrobe that is very popular in Europe and here in New York, where we have very small closets and need our clothes to be extremely versatile. No one-trick ponies here! The idea behind a core or capsule wardrobe is that all your clothes play nicely with each other and can be mixed and matched to create lots of outfits. In designing these patterns, I wanted each piece to be basic enough to wear multiple ways while also being fun to wear, with great details to keep them from becoming boring. This collection is part of that core wardrobe. I’ll continue to build this concept with our upcoming Liesl + Co. patterns as well as future Lisette patterns, so you’ll be able to sew a core wardrobe that fits and suits you perfectly!





In this first collection of patterns, you’ll find simple tailored trousers, a pleated skirt, easy pull-on tops and dresses with flattering silhouettes, as well a my favorite item: a fully-lined moto jacket with all sorts of great details! All of these pieces are appropriate for work as well as casual wear, and they can even move into evening if you make them in the right fabrics. And you know how I feel about clothing. I like updated classics, not trendy pieces that will look out-of-date in six months. So these patterns are designed to look great for a long time, and I hope you’ll enjoy wearing them for a long time too.

We’ll be doing sew-alongs and tutorials for these patterns over on the Lisette site, and I’ll talk more about the core wardrobe idea very soon, which will be a theme for the blog in 2015. But in the meantime, I really hope you’re as excited about these patterns as I am! It’s going to be a fun year of sewing together. I’ll help you along, every step of the way.

Let me introduce you to these new patterns individually so you can get acquainted.

B6183 is a semi-fitted (meaning that it has a nice shape but isn’t tight), pull-on woven top with a jewel neck, princess seams, self-lined front and back yokes, and an exposed-back zipper. This pattern includes pieces for A/B, C, and D cup sizes, so the full bust adjustment is already done for you! And the princess seams are really easy to fit if you want to customize the pattern any further to fit your own body. The tailored wide-legged trousers have a waistband, side-front pockets, and an invisible side zipper. The trousers can be sewn cropped like in the photo or longer like the illustration, so they’re really versatile. And they look so cute on! I love this style because it looks good on pretty much everyone–even the rear view is flattering. I was really careful to make sure these were cut so they don’t scoop at the inside leg to create a bell bottom leg; instead, they have a gentle flare that gives the rear end a little lift.






B6168 is a semi-fitted dress or tunic with a pleated cross-over detail and V-neck with a cute little front neck tab. We took special care to give these styles a really nice finish on the inside without requiring a full lining, so the front midriff detail is lined, as are the short sleeves. This dress has an invisible back zipper (my favorite kind of zipper to sew and wear). This dress is comfortable and flattering so it’s great for work or for casual wear, but it can also be sewn in dressy fabrics for fancier occasions. Wouldn’t it be pretty in silk dupioni?




B6182 is a relaxed pull-on top or dress that has a center-front seam and a fun center dart detail, kimono sleeves and sleeve bands, and an easy fit. The safari-inspired A-line skirt has a wide waist band (which works so well with the shorter top or with a tucked-in blouse), side front pockets, a deep center-front pleat, and an invisible back zipper.




And I saved my favorite for last! B6169 is a fully-lined moto jacket with all the trimmings. You’ll wear this jacket everywhere. It can go to work in place of a blazer, throw it on over jeans for the weekend, and you could even make it in leather if you’re feeling adventurous. The pattern includes lots of great details: princess seams, in-seam welt pockets, an exposed zipper, and two-piece sleeves for a comfortable fit. But don’t miss the dress, either. It’s a relaxed pull-on style with gentle gathers at the shoulders, self-lined yokes for a nice finish, princess seams to help with fitting and also to disguise the in-seam side-front pockets, and a shaped hi-lo hemline. You can make it with or without the sash. This dress would be so pretty in silk or rayon.






I hope you have lots of fun and get tons of wear out of these patterns! I’ll be back with all sort of ideas for these and our other women’s patterns soon.




  1. Diane Lyons

    Ooh!! What an amazing collection. Can’t decide on a favorite yet! I’m excited about the idea of the core wardrobe and look forward to those blog posts. Thanks Liesl!

  2. Rebecca

    EEEEEEEEEEK!! I love them all!

  3. Rebecca

    And, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I so need a “core collection” for patterns, and would only accept them from you. I love your thoughtful design for detail and modern style.

  4. Francesca

    I received the email from Butterick this morning about their new patterns and was pleasantly surprised to see that you were designing for them – and then I was totally wowed by the patterns! Original, wearable, and stylish – great job!

  5. Oh I am so excited. This is a perfect set for a core wardrobe. I have to say I love everything. I was just looking for a pair of cropped pants with some flare to make in linen! Thanks Liesl!

  6. Mary Ann Wilson

    I love your classic lines and am looking forward to selecting fabrics for these for daily wear and traveling. I’m creating with upscale men’s wear accents …. thinking

  7. I’m really excited about B6168! You are so talented and I love sewing your patterns. I’m really looking forward to this one!

  8. melanie

    Oh wow these are great! Definitely some good staples to build. A wardrobe with. I see those cropped pants in my summer travel wardrobe but I’m really excited about the moto jacket. I’ve been a fan of all the Lisette jackets, and I really can’t wait to try this one.

  9. Love your descriptions and interesting designs- especially the pockets! I’m excited to see others sew these up so I can see if they will look good on me. Love the idea of a core wardrobe.

  10. Kari

    Great, practical collection! Thank you!

  11. Annalisa

    Wow, these are beautiful! I love the core idea and I love each and every one of these!!!!

  12. Jenny

    6168- for work. Yes!

  13. I just like them ALL. Great job there!

  14. B6168 is gorgeous! I’m totally in love! Like the others, too of course. But this will definitely be the next dress I’m sewing

  15. Lisa

    That’s a great collection, I can see myself in all these pieces

  16. Not only do they look like brilliant patterns but they are really sold to me by the fabrics you’ve chosen for the samples. With the old Lisette I had to look past the photo and try to imagine how it would look in my choice of fabric. Here, I just want exactly what she’s got!!

  17. These are super and I really love your descriptions of all the pieces!

  18. Cath Laird

    Just starting to work out my winter capsule wardrobe (I am in Australia). Looking forward to trying the tops and skirt….and my the dresses are cute too! Now, which one to start with?

  19. You’ve outdone yourself once again!!! WOW….this makes us {almost} want to sew for ourselves :).

  20. Katja Magus

    They look amazing! I am very excited to sew a few! I’m wondering if you’ll talk about how the sizing compares to the other Lisette patterns (finally had it figured out!)! Thanks.

  21. Tamara

    Oh my goodness! I can’t wait!

  22. Another great collection of patterns. Just wondering if they will be stocked in the UK.

    1. Thanks so much! You’ll find these new styles anywhere that carries Butterick patterns as well as on our website.

  23. Kristen Hurst

    I just purchased the 6168 pattern and love the solid color example on the envelope. Will this look good in a print? Fabric selection is the toughest thing about sewing for me. I am in my late 40’s, 5’4″ and short waisted. It is so difficult to find images or examples of women my shape/age in dresses that aren’t for the mother of the bride or are shapeless. Thanks!

    1. Absolutely it will look great in a print! I’ll be showing some examples and inspiration in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!

  24. These are absolutely fab. Reminiscent of the classics but very comfy contemporary too. The details on the 6168 are lovely.

    How long did it take you to design these? How long does a collection like this take?

  25. auschick in va

    Loooove B6168!! Tempted to make it for an upcoming wedding that I’m a guest at, but I’m also nursing a baby so….. i may need creativity on the day of!

  26. rachel hoffmann

    ive been searching for a eay nice crop top so excited cant wait to sew

  27. Dinah

    Wow! I usually sew for my daughter, but these patterns have convinced me I should get started on pieces for myself!

  28. Katrina Cassidy

    Hi, I was keen to get a copy of the Butterick Lisette 6182, size 12. Do you know where I could get this?


    1. That’s an old style that has gone out of print. We no longer have it available. If you search the internet, you may be able to find a copy on a site like ebay.

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