Simplicity 2245 Lisette

After all the careful fitting that’s been going on this week, I needed a comfort make – something I could put together without toile after toile. I’d already bought this pattern and then I saw Roobeedoo’s make. I thought it looked absolutely wonderful on her and I was itching to make my own version.

Roobeedoo used some poppy print cotton. I’m not saying I lack originality, but I used … some poppy print cotton. I’d bought it during my Brighton trip and had intended to use it for another make, but it seemed to call to the Lisette, combined with some solid black cotton sateen left over from my second Beignet skirt.

This is a wonderful, wonderful pattern. A delight to put together, taking about seven hours in total. Knowing that Simplicity patterns run large, I cut this a size smaller than the pattern measurements suggested. Spot on!

The yoke detail is cute as a button. And talking of buttons:

You could miss out this button detail and still get the tunic over your head, but it would be a real shame to.

Most important fact of all: this loose, comfortable tunic does not look like maternity wear. It’s actually a very flattering shape. Phew!

I can picture so many fellow Sewists looking great in one of these – Miss P and Scruffy Badger spring immediately to mind. I can’t recommend this enough. I wish this pattern had existed when I first started sewing; I know it would really have inspired me.

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41 Responses to Simplicity 2245 Lisette

  1. Lisa says:

    This is a lovely tunic . Your version looks so much better than the pattern envelope . It looks quite shapeless on there . I like your buttons too .

  2. Jane says:

    Oh Karen I absolutely love it. It’s one of my favourite things you’ve ever made and so stylish – I bet you’ll wear it to death. And the fabric is made to go with this pattern, it’s a perfect match, so much better with this tunic than the B5600. I also bought a Lisette pattern after seeing Roobeedoo’s! But mine was the Traveler Dress which I’m itching to make now. Fantastic make, I exclaimed aloud like a mad woman when I first saw it! x

  3. Amy says:

    Wow, great tunic! The pocket design is my favourite part. I laughed when I saw this post – I bought this pattern last week after seeing some makes in the Spring Top Sewalong Flickr pool, and sat cutting out the pieces last night. So I’m on track to making one myself!

  4. Ashley says:

    It’s lovely!! I might have to add this pattern to my wishlist, it looks great for summer and for winter over a snuggly pair of tights :)
    Ashley x

  5. Marie says:

    This is really lovely Karen, just so simple yet stylish. I adore your fabric too, what an excellent choice!

  6. Karin says:

    What a lovely tunic. It’s indeed a very flattering shape, and I love the fabric you picked.

  7. Carly says:

    This is just lovely. Great choice of fabric too. You may have sold it to me as a ‘get back on your sewing horse’ type of make!

  8. Tamsin w-p says:

    This is beautiful – I had this on my list of patterns, but then decided against it as it looked too bouffy and unflattering! Yours looks very flattering and not bouffy at all. Maybe I should reconsider…

  9. Kerry says:

    Lovely tunic, looks comfortable and stylish. I’ve seen some lovely makes with the Lisette patterns, but have not yet tried one myself.

    You’re not wrong about the Simplicity patterns running large too, I’m making Simplicity 2599 (a favourite of yours I know!) and had to bring it in an inch at each side!

  10. Stevie says:

    Yay Karen, That looks great! I have this and some fabric ready to do soon! I’m glad you used that lovely Ditto fabric! x

  11. Suzy says:

    A very nice make indeed! The fabric looks great. I have never work with Lisette patterns but only hear good things about them. Need to check them out.

  12. liza jane says:

    Ooh, nice! I may have to make this one up. I have the pattern already. I do love that button detail.

  13. Roobeedoo says:

    Ooh gorgeous – I love that print! And black trim – now there’s a plan! And orange buttons?! I am so glad this happened to you! ;)

  14. Scruffy badger says:

    Karen it’s gorgeous!! I love the fabric choice and use of contrast. It looks THE perfect weekend wear. You are correct I am totally jealous and am coveting *yet another* of your makes!!!! I am in despair- both you and roobeedoo are sirens to a larger pattern library!!

  15. gingermakes says:

    Such a sweet dress! Love the black contrast! Looks so perfectly wearable!

  16. Debi says:

    Love this so much! It looks fantastic!

  17. Sherry says:

    This looks awesome – I think everyone could do with one of these! You are right that tunics can sometimes look maternityish, but this one doesn’t at all.

  18. rachel says:

    You look fantastic – and the buttons are great. I want to make one now!

  19. Michelle says:

    It looks so good! The fabric is a winner in my book – nice job!

  20. Portia says:

    Aw, Karen, why did you have to go and say that?! I am gonna have to buy this now and try it out for myself!!!
    I adore your fabric combo and those buttons are perfect too. Always my fear with these styles, the whole maternity thing. But this is a really gorgeous and flattering shape on you. Just lovely. These colours are really great on you too.
    Triumph!
    Px

  21. Dibs says:

    That’s lovely. I have this pattern…hmm….I’m not saying I lack imagination, but I just might copy you too…lol.

  22. Alessa says:

    Lovely tunic, the fabric is very pretty! Oh, and I adore the buttons…

  23. Tilly says:

    This is great – and it has pockets! I’m very impressed with how neat your finishing is – those buttons look amazing. Reading your blog always makes me think I should sew more, and better. x

  24. I love the contrast between print and black…and the hints of orange and green. See? you can wear prints and look stylish if you are Karen!

  25. Bold Sewist says:

    This is lovely – yet another pattern I totally skipped over from the envelope picture, but it looks like the sort of thing you can put on when you want to feel completely comfortable but still look good!

  26. OMG!!! This looks STUNNING! You’ve done such an amazing job! Don’t forget to save some props for yourself. That button detailing looks total perfection. Can’t wait to see any further versions of this you may have up your sleeve.

    Zoe xxx

  27. Ayse says:

    It is very pretty and modern looking dress/tunic I think it would go nicely with leggings too. Well done! The buttons are so cute as well :-)

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  30. Kathy Vaughn says:

    Can you help me figure out the collar? One person on pattern review had problems too and simply left it off. I see from your details you have the neck band. My cut out pieces were too short. I cut out a second set, but still cannot make it work like the pattern instructions show. I love the pattern and do not want to give up on the neck band but may have to just turn it into a facing like the other seamstress did. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, kathy

    • Hi there Kathy. It’s a while so my memories are hazy, to say the least, but are you pinning the LONG side of your collar to the neckline of the tunic rather than the short side? It will turn up to create the facing once sewn. Hope this helps.

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  33. I was looking up this pattern for reviews and saw yours. Its gorgeous on you!

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  35. Carolyn M Piek says:

    After searching for 2 days hoping to find a Simplicity Lisette portfolio dress pattern, I’m ready to quit. But alas…could you make me a copy, size 20? It would be the perfect painting dress for me.
    Hopefully,
    Carolyn

  36. Monte Peterson says:

    Ha! I’m on the same search for this pattern … wonder why they don’t release it as a PDF at least, since there seem to be many of us out there looking it?

  37. jesse says:

    If you happen to still have this pattern (I can’t find it anywhere!!) I would love to purchase it from you or get a copy etc…any chance that could happen. Looks so wonderful on you! I have a friend who would love this for their birthday (hence the intense search, she couldn’t find the pattern either)
    Thanks for any help with this.

  38. Paula Harvey says:

    Ditto on a copy!

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