Version: B - the dress
Fabric: linen; scrape of bias-cut charmuse
Assembly time: 5 hrs
Instructions: just fine
Modification: added ties to help define shape
Recommend: not so much the dress, but maybe the shirt version
Whenever I see a Lisette pattern, I think of summer and linen. Finally, I took the time to make my version of a Lisette pattern with a crisp white linen from Butterick 6182. While the dress came together quickly, I was disappointed at my first results. I cut a straight size 14 and only used quarter-inch serged seams because I suspected that the chest would be tight with the way the sleeves are constructed. While the chest ended up fitting nice enough, the rest of the dress was a giant sack.
At first I was going to take-in the sides at the waist, but then decided against loosing the ease and opted for ties instead. Believe me when I say the ties took just as much time to make as the entire dress. I cut 31-inch long stripes at two-inch wide and spent nearly an hour and a half turning right-side out. I then picked the side seams apart about 21-inches from the hem and stuck the unfinished end between the sections. Restitching the side seam and top-stitching the tie back and front together, secures the tie and will help to avoid tears since the seams may be strained at times.
I am much happier with my dress now that I made the additional detail, otherwise, I would really not recommend making the dress version because of the lack of waist definition. However, even though I have not made the shirt, which is just a shorter version of the dress, I would definitely recommend trying your hand at that version.