introducing lisette for butterick B6901 and B6902

Hello friends!

Does it feel like summer is wrapping up? We still have three or so weeks before school starts, but I’m definitely thinking about autumn, getting back into a regular schedule, and (hopefully) cooler weather. The temperature here has been brutal! I’m staying as close to a pool as I can.

But summer isn’t finished yet, and thank goodness for that! We have two new Lisette patterns, Lisette for Butterick B6901 and Lisette for Butterick 6902, that have just been released that will be great for late summer and the transition into fall. Take a peek! It’s this cute menswear-inspired vest and pleated trousers or short.

Introducing Lisette for Butterick B6901

Introducing Lisette for Butterick B6901

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.

Introducing Lisette for Butterick B6901 and B6902

Introducing Lisette for Butterick B6901 and B6902

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.

Introducing Lisette for Butterick B6901 and B6902

Introducing Lisette for Butterick B6901 and B6902

Introducing Lisette for Butterick B6901 and B6902

And you know I always like to give styling and fabric inspiration, so here we go! I’ve got a thing for white in the summer, so let’s start there. Isn’t the vest cute when worn as a top? I think it works equally well with the shorts and the trousers, so make and wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.

Inspiration for Lisette for Butterick B6901 and B6902

Inspiration for Lisette for Butterick B6901 and B6902

Keep in mind that you can wear the vest with a shirt underneath, too! These feel a little Annie Hall to me.

Inspiration for Lisette for Butterick B6901 and B6902

So how do you want to wear it? Check out these examples! I love how some of these are matchy vest and trousers and others are mix and match. It just shows that you can do what you want, depending on the look you desire.

Inspiration for Lisette for Butterick B6901 and B6902

I love it worn with a blazer over, too! So chic. The white vest breaks up the 3-piece-suit look and makes it more casual and stylish, too.

Inspiration for Lisette for Butterick B6901 and B6902

You’ve got a wide variety of fabric options for this style, too. 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 the red satin version version below. 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.

Inspiration for Lisette for Butterick B6901 and B6902

I can’t wait to sew this style for myself! I hope you’ll give it a try, too. I’d love to see! You can see more styling ideas in my Lisette for Butterick B6901 B6902 Pinterest board. We hope you’ll also tag us with #sewlisette, #B6901, and #B6902.


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  1. Kathy

    I’m very excited about this! Just last night I was thinking about vests. Do you think it will work in a heavier fabric also, such as corduroy?

    1. Absolutely! Just use a lightweight fabric for the lining and it should be great!

  2. SShaw

    Excellent timing- I’ve been wanting to make a vest or two for myself and have even picked up a few pieces of fabric with that idea in mind. Will definitely be getting this pattern!

  3. jax

    Already purchased and can’t wait to get out sewn.

  4. JW

    I was excited when I saw this pattern. It’s very chic, and the best pattern in Butterick’s summer release.

  5. Jenni

    I’m keen to make this, am thinking of trying it in a vibrant African wax cloth perhaps! But sadly the shipping is really expensive for me here in the UK, I will consider buying it locally. If it was available in digital format I would buy it like a shot, but I appreciate that the Butterick range is not under your control of course.

  6. Anne

    I’m excited to make the pleated pants, but I prefer a fly front. Do you think there would be any problems borrowing the fly front from the Liesl & Co Hollywood Trousers? How about borrowing the waistband too? It looks like this pattern has a waist facing, but no waistband. I might add some back pockets too, borrowed from something like the Lisboa Walking Shorts.

    1. Sure, feel free to make any changes you like! That’s what sewing patterns are for, right? You might also be interested in a new pattern we’ll be releasing later this week.

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