Simplicity 1872: Bahama Blue Dress

We scheduled our engagement photos for October, hoping desperately that it would be cooler in St. Louis. Then came the panic of, “Oh my god, what am I going to wear?” I’m not short of clothing, but do I have anything engagement photo worthy? I decided I should try to sew up something in two weeks, and if it didn’t work I could throw on a RTW dress instead!

One of the places we wanted to have pictures taken is at the Record Exchange in St. Louis. It is a St. Louis institution. My Dad has taken me there since I was a kid and Ian loves to get records there. I’m not much of a record collector but I am always happy to find things for Ian to take home! The store has a very distinctive look. It was formerly a public library built in the 1960’s and it is about 9,500 square feet. I’m not kidding when I say almost every square foot is jam packed with records, cds, laser discs, receivers, record players and other things!


When shopping for fabric I had to keep in mind that  floors are bright yellow and black checked linoleum and the walls are painted a matching yellow! I decided on Simplicity 1872 Cynthia Rowley’s tiered pull-over dress B in a Bahama blue polyester/spandex mix that is very soft and will have a nice drape! Of course I decided to add sleeves.

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The sizing on this dress is a little strange. So the pattern goes up to a size 22 and I was pretty sure I would need a 24. So I sized up the top. This is not made for busty women. Every make I have seen has a camisole underneath. It will not sit flat and closed like the photo on me. I think the front could have used darts, but I didn’t put them in. Oh, well! Then the skirt ending up being enormous. I had sized it up, since it was a 22. I ended up taking it down to about a 20!


You will also notice that I added about 2″ in length to the waist by adding a waistband. The dress is supposed to be 35″ long. That is too short for my comfort, even at 5′ 3″! Dress C was supposed to be 39″ long so I decided to use those skirts and I even added an inch to each one! Guess what? After adding 1″ to the skirts, 2″ to the waistline to a finished dress whose length was supposedly 39″; mine ended up being 38.5″ long. How is this possible? This dress is the incredible shrinking dress! Next time I will add length to the top and the skirts as well. I also just did a rolled hem on all of the skirts! I recommend that for this dress as it is easier to hem 3 circle skirts and it leaves you as much length as possible!


So instead of my usual cell phone sewing room photos I have lovely professional engagement photos by Jaimie Nicole Krause Photography at! We really don’t like having our photos taken so this was a really unusual adventure for us! Jaimie was lovely and made it very easy and enjoyable.



Walking on camera is hard!



Superhero poses. Do you think a bust dart would fix that extra fabric on the side?




So overall, I love this dress. I think for the most part it is very flattering and a pretty quick make. I may make this dress again, but I think I would add bust darts and make it longer! Oh yeah, and I also panicked about my hair and cut my own bangs about an hour before this! I do that every couple of years. Thanks for making it to the end!


25 thoughts on “Simplicity 1872: Bahama Blue Dress

    • SomedaySewing says:

      Thank you! I am really happy with how the dress and photos turned out! Construction on the dress wasn’t that terrible, I just couldn’t believe how short it was! It was definitely designed with the tall, skinny model on the packet in mind.

  1. sil says:

    Lovely dress and the colour pops against your skin. Loving the tiers and feminine details. I have the pattern too, much more inspired because of your post! And great photoshoot, all the more special when you are wearing something you made! I’m sewing for mine too :)

  2. sweetvanessaleigh says:

    This is great! I am more of a 26/28 dress size and have to size up almost every pattern I have tried due to my apple body shape. I have had this pattern, because I love Cynthia Rowley and a good ruffle, in my collection for a while now! Yours turned out great in spite of all of the issues, but kudos for all of the smart adjustments. I think it’s time for me to give it a shot too!

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