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Simplicity 1435

I keep on trying to figure out how best to keep up with blogging.  I really WANT to post everything I make here on the blog.  Not only is it a good reference for me, but I feel as though I am contributing to the general sewing community.  But I am SO behind!  I might try alternating between one of last year’s unblogged garments with one of this year’s.  I am fortunate to be going to Sewjourn not once but twice in the next month (hip hip hooray) so really do need to catch up!  I do post things on Instagram as soon as they’re made, but those are usually quick snaps in whatever light or location is available – so they are often on Ada (my dress form).  Anyway, enough navel gazing.

Simplicity 1435 in knit jacquard from Rathdowne Fabrics

This dress was sewn for Stella when I was at Sewjourn in November. The pattern is Simplicity 1435. Where WAS that fabric from? Wracking my brain….ah yes, it was a remnant from Rathdowne Fabrics.


Simplicity 1435 in knit jacquard from Rathdowne Fabrics

Stella really liked this dress when she first tried it on, but I have to admit that I haven’t seen it worn a great deal over summer! I sewed a mixture of sizes. This one was a 7 for body width, 7 for armhole depth and and shoulder width and 9 for lengths. Phew!  Size 9 doesn’t actually exist in this pattern – it goes up to size 8 – I just cut it longer.

Simplicity 1435 in knit jacquard from Rathdowne Fabrics

Really, this sort of dress is SO easy to sew. There are some gathers at the sleeve cap, but the skirts are circular so there isn’t even much faffing around with the sewing machine to run gathering stitches. It was pretty much constructed on the overlocker, and I only needed the machine for those aforementioned sleeve cap gathers and to twin needle the hems.

Simplicity 1435 in knit jacquard from Rathdowne Fabrics

I always like a jacquard knit, although sometimes they can stray into the territory of looking “old-fashioned”, depending on the colour ways and patterns that have been knitted into them. I wasn’t certain about this one at first, but Stella really liked it and purple is always a lovely colour on her.

Simplicity 1435 in knit jacquard from Rathdowne Fabrics

I went through my knit fabrics yesterday (and weeded out the odd woven that had snuck in with them) and sorted and organised them better on my shelves and in tubs. I have some really lovely pieces – including some knit jacquards. So much I want to sew! My biggest issue is what to do with the “scraps”. I don’t mean little pieces of the size that quilters would keep – those go straight into the bin. I mean pieces that are large enough for a pattern piece or two or another small garment. At the moment I have TUBS full of these. Sometimes I use them, but clearly I often don’t, and they are taking up a LOT of space. What do you do with yours? Should I just turf everything that isn’t large enough for a complete garment? What to do!

Simplicity 1435 in knit jacquard from Rathdowne Fabrics

And for those of you who might have been wondering how my new job was going – I feel as though I’ve finally turned the three month corner. It’s still all incredibly new, and it will be a year before I feel competent, but I’m not quite as exhausted by it all and my brain is no longer exploding quite as much. I’ve probably been lucky to start at the time of year where there are a few public holidays so I’ve had some rest days! Adjusting to working a permanent three days a week has had some challenges too in terms of how I organise my unpaid work life (you know – home, kids, family organisation – let along sewing). It’s all good, but like any change, it’s has come with a few stresses. Thank goodness I’ve got sewing as therapy!

Simplicity 1435 in knit jacquard from Rathdowne Fabrics


14 thoughts on “Simplicity 1435

  1. Scraps have been on my mind too. I was about to post a comment under “tips” on sewing pattern review regarding how to use them to best advantage.
    Nice dress. I just made a purple one for my daughter earlier this week too. haha..
    Mary in Thailand

  2. Thank you for a great review. I don’t have little girls to sew for. YET !
    Re scrap fabrics or indeed unwanted fabric. The sacred heart mission takes fabric to use for teaching disadvantaged women sewing skills.

  3. Love the dress, may have to get that pattern for my daughter.

    For my scraps, if they are knits then I make underwear for the family. If it’s wovens and it’s soft, hankies for the winter months for me(I loathe Kleenex) and if it’s something stiffer, I sent it to the sewing classes in high schools for stitch practice

  4. I drop mine into the local primary school’s outside hours school care. They have a couple of old sewing machines the kids use to make stuff. A lot of strange stuffed items get made but a couple of the older kids are making bags and skirts. Always exciting to see a kid wearing my scraps down at Coles feeling totally stylish in their own creations.

  5. Very cute dress. I’ve seen people make their scraps into dog cushions, to donate to local dog’s homes/vet surgeries [Just make one scrap into a pillowcase, keep it hanging by your sewing area, and drop offcuts into it until full, then onto the next one.]
    I stuff them all into carrier bags vaguely sorted by colour, and occasionally make up crazy squares, or make a few miles of bias binding when I want to sew but actually fancy a boring task. I have also used random parallelograms of scrap, re-joined to make nice flounces for foofy skirts.

  6. Great dress and easily sized up, as you found out. I made this for a tall, thin granddaughter and did the same mix of small width, long length. It’s good for twirling! Re knit scraps, I used mine for color blocking…as I’m sure you’ve considered….or combine pieces when testing out the fit of a garment before cutting into the good fabric.

  7. The little dress is such a pretty colour. I haven’t found a good scrap solution, and envy people who live close to primary schools with a need for collage bits. It feels wrong to throw them out, but then they take over.

  8. I thought the print looked quite modern. Stella looks as though she is really happy with it. Perhaps she hasn’t worn it much as she is spoilt for choice!

    It seems a shame to throw your pieces out. I have the same problem with exploding scrap bins at the moment. I spent the weekend making a raglan tee out of some of the contents of my bin. Maybe you could donate them to a sewer with small children.

  9. I have that same scraps issue. Especially for knits, because a little bit can go a long way! And I often do want just a strip for a neckband or something. I wouldn’t really recommend my current method which is to shove the scrappy bits into a tub and then six months + later, pull them out and realise there’s maybe 1/2m of useable fabric in that big wad of strips and bits. I do then chop that down into roughly a square (or you know, a solid shape of useable size) and then it folds nicely and fits into a tub that’s just knit scraps. But then I have to remember to use them!

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