I’m very pleased to introduce you to our second new spring Lisette for Butterick pattern, B6567.
Years ago I designed a Lisette pattern called the Portfolio Dress. For some unexpected reason the pattern went viral just as it was being taken out of print, and all these years later we still receive emails from people looking for a copy of that pattern. I designed the Liesl + Co. Cappuccino Dress in response to those requests, but it seemed worth revisiting the style again since we’ve heard from so many of you who really loved the contrast fabric at the center front.
To that end, Lisette B6567 brings back those super-popular on-seam pockets and gives the style a fresh, updated look–along with the option for that contrast center-front panel.
Each of the two views features gentle side-shaping and those interesting (and functional) on-seam pockets. One added advantage of this particular version of the style is those princess seams down the front bodice. This means it’s an easy pattern to adjust for fuller busts! View A has the contrast front panel that is perfect for an interesting printed fabric or a little bit of embellishment, and View B is a little bit shorter (which also works well as a tunic) and adds 3/4-length sleeves for cooler weather or extra coverage, as you prefer. As always, you can mix and match the options from the two views.
This design is easy to sew and completely appropriate for work or the weekend. I think it will be a terrific summer dress, but keep in mind that you can also add the 3/4-length sleeves and wear it with trousers, leggings, or tights in cooler weather. It’s very layer-able. (Is that a word? If not, I’m making it into one.) I think you’ll like the clean-finished neckline, which is completely faced so there’s nothing tricky about sewing it. And I really like the shoulder yoke, which you could also sew in a contrast fabric if you want. This style also has an inverted box pleat for extra comfort while maintaining the slim silhouette.
In terms of fabric, I was kind of obsessed with the idea of using a Toile du Jouy for this pattern, and I’m happy with how it turned out! This would also be cute in solid or patterned linen–I’ve got some navy linen set aside for this purpose– or in a really big, bold print. Wouldn’t it be fun in something like a vintage Marimekko print? You could also choose a drapier fabric like crepe or challis for a dressier look. (Ooh, what about hammered silk?)
In any case, I’ve assembled a few inspirational images (mostly of the original Portfolio Dress since there isn’t a lot out there similar to this style) in a Lisette for Butterick B6567 Pinterest folder. I hope you’ll tag your images #sewlisette and #B6567 on social media so we can see them! I know you’re going to have fun with this one and I can’t wait to see what you do with it.
I ordered this pattern the day it debuted, I am looking forward to it arriving soon and already have my fabric chosen, washed and pressed so I can get started as soon as it arrives and I do a muslin. I have a feeling there will be more than one of these dresses hanging in my closet before the end of the summer. Well done Liesl 🙂
Glad you like it, Penny!
OMG — this dress looks like the one I’ve been imagining. I can hardly wait to get my hands on this pattern.
Just lovely – can’t wait to give this a try!
Thanks, Lisa. xo
Liesl it’s a lovely dress! Will these Lisette patterns ever be made available in pdf format?
No my knowledge there are no plans to produce them as PDF patterns, sorry. Butterick produces our Lisette patterns and I don’t think they make PDFs.
I like the new version of this style, especially how it’s somewhat more fitted through the waist, and has the option for longer sleeves. I will be picking up this pattern for sure. I am curious about how I could adjust it for my narrow shoulders since there is not a set-in sleeve. Thanks.
The advantage of a kimono sleeve like this is that you don’t really need to adjust for shoulders. It’s easy that way!
This pattern is AMAZING!! Can’t wait to make ot!
I’m glad you like it, Camelia!
Love the image of this pattern. Do you think it would suit a winter weight knit fabric. I can image using different fabric (colour blocking but instead using different designs) i.e. stripes with solids or even floral with solids.
I think it would work in a stable knit. But I wouldn’t suggest going too drapey with a knit.
This dress is super cute! I have a question though- I would need to redraft the neckline in the front to make it higher b/c I just had a mastectomy and can’t have reconstruction for a while. I am literally concave on one side from my collarbone on down. So redrafting the neckline isn’t a problem, I feel like I redraft things all the time and am not afraid! But I see that this dress pulls over the head. Any measurement tips for how to do this while keeping the hole big enough to go over my head?
I think as long as the neck is bigger than your head you should be ok. Just measure both to confirm first!
Oh boy oh boy oh boy…I’m thinking of all kinds of ways to sew this one! Combining fabrics/colors, tunic, embellished, etc etc etc.
This is going to be a fun one to sew!
So glad you like it!
I love my portfolio dress, and I still wear it 🙂 I also like this new pattern.
I love everything about this pattern and I can’t wait to own it! It looks so classy, yet relaxed and comfortable too. Any idea if the paper patterns will be available in Australia through a retail distributor? Obviously I can order online but the postage is more than twice the pattern cost – lol !
Due to the difference in seasons, Butterick patterns are released about six months later in Australia than in North America and Europe. If you wait for a few more months, you should see it in stores there where you purchase Butterick patterns.
Do you have any plans to work on the Cappucino style with Butterick? I love that gathered front but need the extended size range that Butterick provides.
Please also reissue the original Portfolio pattern.
Hur är det ingår sömsmån i mönstren. Jag har mönster B6385. Tacksam för svar.
We made this pattern. It is super cute. But the yoke is tight across the shoulders in the back and pulls the under arm area tight. We had already made the dress a size larger. The hips are perfect. We resewed the side seems at 1/4 inch, hoping that would ease the top. It did not help much. We took it apart and resewed the back yoke at 1/4 inch. Still no relief. Wondering if anybody else has had this issue and how they resolved it. We may try cutting the back yoke and making it a key hole opening to ease the tightness. Also, the sleeves were very tight, so we decided to just leave them off in an effort to salvage the effort. We need help.
It definitely sounds to me like you’re sewing a size or two too small. Have you checked the measurement chart to be sure you’ve selected the correct size? This style should be somewhat roomy on you–not tight at all. I’d suggest sewing a larger size.
I think the blue fabric used on the pattern was off putting to many people bc it made it more difficult for people to see it as a versatile pattern. But if this pattern was hacked a bit I think it could be really cool. Like maybe bring the neckline up into a rounded neck, cut down the center front, bring up the hem and a jacket could happen! Extending the sleeves to jacket length. Maybe even add a hood. Or making it into tunic length. It would be fun if you brought this pattern back up on your blog and discussed ways to hack it