Spring creation in comfort
April 18, 2024
by Chantal Lapointe

This spring, social networks are bursting with inspiration for linen vest-trouser ensembles. It’s the perfect casual outfit for the beautiful days ahead.

I was immediately charmed when the Butterick pattern by Lisette B6901 appeared last year. The vest features false welt pockets on the front and two ties on the back. Although I like the pants offered in this pattern, it’s not the most flattering style for my figure. For my pants, I opted for the Simplicity S9647 pattern. It’s a pants pattern with a flat front and straight legs.

Every spring, I look forward to Fabricville’s new linen collection. It’s my favorite fabric! I chose Paris linen for my design, but the Vera collection would work just as well. Since this vest is intended to be worn with nothing underneath, I opted for a soft and breathable cotton voile lining.

Paris linen

The vest and pants can easily be made by advanced sewing novices. The only technicalities for these patterns are the buttonholes for the vest and the zipper for the pants.

I had to modify the pattern to conform to my silhouette. Here’s a list of the changes I made to the vest:

  • Raised the shoulder line and armhole by half an inch.
  • Graded between sizes 12 at the bust and 14 at the waist.

Next time I sew this vest, I’ll lengthen it by half an inch below the bust.

For the pants, the modifications are as follows:

  • Graded between sizes 14 and 16 at the hips.

I had a lot of fun sewing this outfit. As soon as it’s warm enough outside, I intend to wear these two pieces separately and together in all sorts of ways. The jacket with jeans or linen shorts. The pants with a t-shirt or a nice linen shirt.

I dare you not to fall under the spell of Fabricville’s spring linen collection. Take a look, you won’t be able to resist!