Finished: Butterick Lisette Moto Jacket. Plus, Wrap Dress Sewalong

Butterick B6169 Lisette Moto Jacket pattern as sewn by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company

My Butterick B6169 Lisette jacket is finished and I’m really, really happy with it. In fact, this jacket gets full credit for restoring my sewing mojo. You see, I’d made several garments in a row that were total wadders, and I was beginning to despair. I’d lost my touch! But this one turned out to be a happy marriage of pattern, fabric and fit, so all’s right in sewing land once again.

Did you know that Liesl Gibson, designer of Lisette patterns for Butterick, is currently hosting a sewalong of this pattern? She just started it on Monday, so grab your fabric and pattern and join in. I have to hand it to Liesl—she designed a great pattern. It’s very well drafted and I think it can be easily tweaked to fit most body types.

Here are more photos of my jacket:

Butterick B6169 Lisette Moto Jacket pattern as sewn by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company
Front view, half zipped. You will note that this dress form (a sample size 10) is way smaller than I am, so the jacket looks a little baggier here than it is on me. It has a semi-fitted, slightly boxy shape.
Butterick B6169 Lisette Moto Jacket pattern as sewn by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company. Back view
Back view. Love the seaming here, and I especially love the two-piece sleeve. I like this pattern’s sleeve shape so much I may borrow it for future jackets.
Butterick B6169 Lisette Moto Jacket pattern as sewn by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company. Lining view.
The lining. Pink makes a nice contrast, right? Our instructions tell you to insert the lining the couture way, which I followed and am pleased with the results. But in Liesl’s sewalong she’ll show you how to move a little faster by bagging-out the lining. Check it out.

Because I know you’re going to ask, the fabric is a mid-weight cotton (and silk?) from Trumart Fabrics near FIT in NYC. Supposedly it’s by Alexander Wang. I bought this a few months ago, so I doubt there’s any left but you can give them a call.

 

Wrap Dress Sewalong: How are you coming with your wrap dresses? If you working on the bodice, my co-host Lucinda’s post about making a small-bust adjustment for your wrap dress is available here. If you’re looking for info on how to make a full-bust adjustment, that’s available from Gorgeous Fabrics here.

Small bust adjustment, the McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong
Lucinda shows you how to make a small bust adjustment that prevents gaping in her blog post.

My own wrap dress is coming along pretty well. I’ve been in production-mode sewing the last couple of nights, which means I’m not really following the order of the instructions but doing all the seam work first. Rather than fuss with the bodice facing details before moving on to the next section, I put that temporarily aside to sew all the seams of the bodice, skirt and sleeves. Straight seams make for fast and easy sewing, right? I caught up on the episodes of Empire I missed while I did this sewing. And can I just say: Cookie!!!

Feel free to leave a comment here reporting on your wrap dress progress. Everything going ok? Any stumbling blocks? Don’t forget to use the hashtag #wrapdresssewalong and to post your pix on our Flickr board.

 

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How Do You Feel About Sewing Contests?

Butterick designer Gertie with a fan at the 2015 Sewing & Stitchery Expo.
Butterick designer Gertie with a fan at the 2015 Sewing & Stitchery Expo.

Let’s talk about sewing contests, shall we? We just finished up a Butterick sewing contest, where entrants had to submit a photo of a garment they made with a Gertie pattern. It was co-sponsored with our friends at Fabric Traditions, the fabric company behind Gertie’s new line of fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics. Response was great, and now we’re thinking about other contest ideas.

We’d actually love to hear your thoughts about sewing contests. Have you ever entered one? Would you ever enter one? Take this brief survey and let us know what you think. Also, feel free to leave a comment on this post if you have more thoughts or observations about sewing contests. Thanks!

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Wrap Dress Sewalong: How’s everyone doing? Did you check out my co-host’s post this week? I’m still actively working on my dress, though I’ve hit a little roadblock with my fabric, specifically the print. It has a strong horizontal flamestitch pattern. I can lay out the bodice in V8379 so the print runs horizontally, but the skirt is full and there isn’t a way to avoid the flamestitch pattern tilting and going wonky. Fortunately Tatyana, our head of dressmaking, thinks there might be some creative ways to work with my fabric, and she’s going to help me with it early next week. I know, how lucky am I to have someone like Tatyana to help me out with sewing problems!

In the meantime, here’s a photo of another one of my WIPs (work-in-progress). This is Butterick B6169, the Lisette moto jacket. Just have to insert the lining and it’s done! Don’t you love this cotton print? I think it’s Alexander Wang.
Butterick B6169 Lisette moto jacket, work-in-progress
See you next week!

Lisette Style: Get the Look

Lisette designer Liesl Gibson for Butterick Patterns.

Here at the McCall Pattern Company we’re so excited about the new Lisette patterns for Butterick. We’ve all been talking about which of designer Liesl Gibson’s patterns we want to sew first. Me, I have my eye on the moto jacket from B6169. A black floral Alexander Wang cotton I have in my stash is so perfect for it and I need to get it sewn up before spring arrives. (Which could be in July this year if you live on the East Coast, sigh.)

Want a closer look at the new Lisette patterns? You can see B6169—moto jacket and dress—in our latest video. The super-cute dress the model is wearing above with Liesl is featured in our next video, coming soon, which is all about fabric options for some of our spring patterns. Below, we show B6182 and B6183, and we’ve styled them with accessories for a casual-chic look. Take a look!

Lisette Butterick B6182 sewing pattern styled with accessories from Net-a-Porter.
Butterick B6182 paired with Frame denim jacket, Acne Studios Roza stretch canvas shoes, Le Specs tortoiseshell glasses, Maria Rudman silver cuff, Jerome Dreyfus Nestor leather shoulder bag. All from Net-a-Porter.

“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. 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.” —Lisette designer Liesl Gibson

Lisette Butterick B6183 sewing pattern styled with accessories from Net-a-Porter.
Butterick B6183 shown with See by Chloe Cara leather sandals, Alexis Bittar liquid metal bangle, Elizabeth & James Lafayette glasses, Mary Katrantzou acrylic clutch. Bangle from Bloomingdale’s, all others from Net-a-Porter.

Coming very soon: Details on our next sewalong! I’ll give you a big hint: It’s a lot less complicated to sew than the Ralph Rucci coat pattern we made in the fall. Yay!