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Friday, October 23, 2015

My first Lisette from Butterick--totally worth the effort!

So have you heard of other reviews of this pattern?  Here's the image if you need a reminder!

Drop-dead stunning, right?   Look at that drape!  The fit, the sleeves, the just about everything...stunning!  

There is even some twirlability with this coat/jacket!  

Here is the description from the back of the pattern which BTW is 6244 rated average...Misses' coat and dress: Semi-fitted, unlined coat (wrong side shows) has front extending into collar, flat-fell seams, narrow hem, and shaped front hemline longer than back.  Lined dress has shoulder yokes, fitted bodice with side front and side back seams, and invisible back zipper.  

I made a size 14 with my usual 1/2" swayback alteration.  I used this gorgeous double-faced wool from Hancock's that I purchased half-price.  It was just so awesome to work with and I so love wearing it!  


Construction for this is more than you think it would be.  I mean look at how simple it is and how fast it could be to put together!  What elevates this coat/jacket from ordinary to extraordinary is the construction process.  Yep, that's right....

Flat-fell seams are used everywhere except the armholes.  The inside of the jacket/coat is exquisite.  Even the pleat that radiates from the shoulder seam is enclosed in the flat fell seaming at the neckline.  

Look below and see those hems?  I worked very hard to make them exactly 3/8" with seaming super close to the fold line.  It took very careful pressing and accurate sewing.  Look at that beautiful mitered corner!  

Can you tell I really love this?  
I wore this to work today and received many compliments on it.  I LOVE this, totally worth the time and monetary investment of purchasing 2.5 yards of wool at almost $30 a yard.  

Thanks for the awesome pattern Butterick!  
And, thank you for reading!


  1. Nice coat, Sue. Love the neat details that you have executed beautifully. I have just finished a shirt for my husband with flat felled seams and I love the neat finish it gives.

    1. Thanks Jean! Flat fell seams are awesome! I love how they elevate a finished garments status! 😄

  2. That is such a pretty coat and thanks for the detailed information. I have fabric for this pattern.

    1. Thanks Lori! I look forward to seeing your version!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! I appreciate your kind words!

  4. Looks great, I purchased this pattern and it certainly looks very flattery sewn up. I will move this up on my to sew list.

  5. I love your color choice! It looks marvelous on you!!