I cut out a size 8 and it's actually a tad too big for me! It's ok, though. That's why I have a bunch a belts, lol. This dress was also the first time I ever did shirring and I was in awe when I ironed it and it bunched up. /no life lol. The dress itself is amazingly comfortable and perfect for any occasion. It was easy to make and I'm probably going to make more in '17.