#NoEase OMG!!! This dress is tight and I’m not talking 90’s slang tight…lol. I gained weight over the two months that it took me to sew this dress, which resulted in me having no ease in my waist. If you sew, then you are probably familiar with the term, ease. But for any non-sewers reading this, ease is a sewing term that refers to the difference in your clothing measurements and your actual body measurements. Having some ease in your clothing allows you to wear them comfortably, especially when you are wearing a non-stretch fabric like the faux-linen I used for this dress.
I made this dress using Simplicity 8594, view D. I cut out a size 8 for this dress, and it probably would have fit comfortably had I not gained 8 lbs over the two months that it took me to make it. But it’s all good since I can still squeeze into thanks to shapewear. 🙂
I really like this dress pattern a lot, I like the fitted dress options like in views A & D and the flared skirt in views B & C. I actually started making this dress using the pattern pieces for view A with the sleeves. However, I felt like the sleeves were a bit too bulky for my frame. I wish I had taken photos of me wearing this dress with the sleeves. However, I had already removed the sleeves before I thought about taking a picture in it.
Thankfully, it was pretty easy to take off the sleeves and then attach the straps to turn it into view D. I liked the way that this option looks on me much better than how the sleeves looked.
Overall, this was a fairly easy dress to make. It shouldn’t have taken me two months to make it. But sometimes life just keeps me away from my sewing machine and it takes me forever to finish a project.
I would like to make Simplicity 8594 again next summer, but using view C.