I bought the caramel colour wool/poly crepe-like fabric earlier this year, knowing it would end up as a fall/winter dress. I had lots of time to decide on what dress pattern to use. At first, Vogue Easy Options 8828 was a likely candidate – love the shoulder princess seam design. Then, Vogue 9092 Custom (cup) Fit was released. Finally, I saw the Butterick fall patterns and Lisette 6244. Each pattern is a variation of my work dress “uniform”: closer fitting bodice and A line skirt.
What sold me on 6244 was the added coat pattern and the fact that it’s a Liesl Gibson/Lisette pattern. I’m a Lisette fan – they fit me well, love most of the designs, easy to sew yet have style that is sometimes lacking in easy to sew patterns.
B6244 Image from butterick.mccall.com
The coat, in both colour and collar design, reminded of my ridiculous decision to make up the famous, reissued Issey Miyake coat (Vogue 1476) several years ago in my pre-blogging days. I had purchased more than 4 meters of expensive, loosely woven wool/lambs’ wool fabric to make it up. Other than the massive pattern pieces to cut out and manage when sewing, it’s not a difficult to sew pattern. I started sewing it but never finished – my smaller frame was overwhelmed by all that fabric. So the unfinished coat and leftover fabric was stashed away until I had 6244 in my hands.
very wrinkled fabric
A couple of weekends ago, I cut out out the pattern pieces, then compared the coat pattern pieces and the unfinished coat and remnant to see if the Lisette coat could be cut out from it – answer is yes, though on the cross grain because of the old coat’s back yoke seam and a few tiny moth holes. Cutting out the dress and coat pattern pieces and making length and size merging adjustments on all the pieces was as far I got. I do a lot of pattern prep and most of my cutting out at my parents’ house because there is a large table. I could tell my mother was very interested; she likes the coat pattern too and doesn’t do much sewing any more as she doesn’t have the need for a large variety of clothes. So it wasn’t much of a surprise when I heard she sewed up the coat for me. I’m itching to pick it up this weekend!
Next week, a few days of my vacation will be spent cutting out and sewing the dress. [Reminder to self – add side seam pockets to the dress]. The dress is lined to the edge – a good feature for me as wool and my skin don’t always get along. The sleeves will be lengthened to three quarter length or bracelet length. Will also check out the fall fabrics to see if there is something suitable for the contrast yoke and bodice side panels.
image from butterick.mccall.com
Just saw on the Lisette blog today that there is a October 14-16 coat sew-along. Can also see it in action:
When Lisette patterns were part of Simplicity, each pattern had a name in addition to the pattern number. Now at Butterick, they just have the number. I’m going to dub this pattern the Boulevard dress and coat.
Happy sewing, wearing and some photos to come soon!