Simplicity 8594: A Fun Floral Dress

#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.

Simplicity 8594

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. 🙂

Simplicity 8594

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.

Simplicity 8594

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.

Simplicity 8594

I would like to make Simplicity 8594 again next summer, but using view C.

Simplicity 8594


  • Reply Lou July 6, 2018 at 3:07 am

    You don’t look like you have gained weight at all! I love the dress on you, and think it looks good being tightly fitted.

    • Reply Sonya July 8, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks Lou!!! I’m hoping to lose an inch in my waist so I can actually wear this dress out and be comfortable wearing it, but I do like how it looks on me being snug. 🙂

  • Reply Nerline July 10, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Hi Sonya,
    I think you picked the right fabric for this dress. And I don’t think it’s tight at all. You look lovely. And I must say, you did a fantastic job.

    • Reply Sonya July 12, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks Nerline!!! 🙂

  • Reply Tamara July 10, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    I like view C too! This is really a fun cut and it’s unique. I love the florals. I hope you get to wear it a lot down there. Sometimes I think I should live somewhere where I can wear fun dresses year round!

    • Reply Sonya July 12, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      The weather here will be nice and warm until sometime in October. So I’ll be able to wear it a lot. 🙂

  • Reply Linda July 12, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Hi there!
    I’ve been working on this dress today -view D as you did and I will probably finish it tomorrow. I agree, there is really no ease at all in this one. I used to sew all the time, but I am getting back into it now and once again navigating the crazy world of sizing in patterns. I wear a four or six dress in ready to wear and ended up cutting the 12 in this one based on the measurements. Still, the waist was tight and I had to let it out. May I ask what size you normally wear in ready to wear? An 8 in this dress seems so tiny! I enjoyed your review of the dress. Thanks!

    • Reply Sonya July 13, 2018 at 3:49 am

      Hi! I usually wear a size 2 in ready to wear clothing. I really thought it was my recent weight gain that caused this dress to be so tight. Thanks for your comment. Now at least I know it was partially due to the design of the pattern.

    • Reply Tali March 14, 2019 at 1:37 am

      So cute! Just ordered this pattern. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply LaKita July 18, 2018 at 12:17 am

    The dress turned out beautifully and I love the floral material that you selected!

    • Reply Sonya July 25, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you!!! 🙂

  • Reply Dre July 20, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    I’m always excited to see your new creations, Sonya! This dress is so beautiful! I love the pattern and the overall cut of view D. I’m wondering what view C would have looked like too, because I love a flared skirt! Such a fun and flirty dress!

    • Reply Sonya July 25, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Dre!!! I think view C would be super cute. 🙂

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