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Aztec Inspired Eleanor + a Cardigan Pattern Sale!

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog. | Aztec Inspired Eleanor Cardigan

UPDATE: If you ordered this fabric please read my updated note about fabric stretch below.

Last week we launched our first every fabric batch, Azteca. Within a mere five hours, most of the fabric had sold out and by day’s end all but one print was gone. Nearly 100 yards of fabric were snatched up in record time. I want to sincerely thank you all for your support and enthusiasm for our fabric. I never could have expected this response!

Since our fabric sells so quickly, I rarely have an opportunity to snag a few yards for myself. I’d rather one extra person get the fabric they’re pining for than add to my ever-growing fabric stash. That’s usually the case.

But with our Black and White Aztec Ribbed Knit*, I could not resist keeping that last few yards for myself. I’ve been dreaming up a black and white graphic cardigan for a while now, with no less than ten versions pinned to my Pinterest style boards.

So this weekend I washed up that thick, cozy fabric and sat down and sewed an Eleanor Cardigan. And I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.

DIY Fashion | Aztec Inspired Cardigan

Eleanor Cardigan Sewing Pattern | KZJO Studios

Black and White Aztec Ribbed Knit Fabric |

Indiesew Blog | Eleanor Cardigan in Aztec Print Fabric

Eleanor Cardigan |

Pattern Details

Sewing Pattern: Eleanor Cardigan by KZJO Studio
Version: Mid-Thigh with Long Sleeves
Fabric: Black and White Aztec Ribbed Knit (see update below)
Modifications: None!

UPDATE: It was recently brought to my attention that the stretch of this fabric is opposite from most knit fabrics. The greatest amount of stretch runs parallel to the selvage on this fabric, instead of perpendicular. Please take this into account when cutting your pattern pieces, especially your sleeves. My sleeves were a little snug because I cut them the wrong direction.

The Eleanor Cardigan is a quick sewing project well suited for the beginner sewist. This relaxed cardigan has two length options and three sleeve options. A finished collar provides a professional finish to this basic garment standby.

When I first saw this fabric, I knew it was destined for a cardigan and I’ve been itching to sew up the Eleanor for months now. From start to finish this sewing project took roughly 1.5 hours. This stable knit fabric made sewing up this garment a total breeze. I chose to make a mid-thigh length cardigan with long sleeves.

This fall I’ll be wearing this cardigan with my favorite black jeans and black leather booties. With a black tank top underneath, this outfit is super comfortable and still chic. This cardigan would also pair well with leggings for a relaxed, around-the-house look. 


Cardigan Pattern Sale!

Our next fabric batch will be released in the next few weeks, but today I have even more exciting news! Today until Sunday, October 18 at 10 p.m. MST all cardigan sewing patterns are 20% off! Simply use the coupon code FALLCARDI at checkout to receive the discount.

There are eight great cardigan sewing patterns in our shop designed for both knits and wovens. Be sure to grab your copies before the sale is over!

I’ll be back later this week with a tutorial for serging heavyweight knits like French terry and sweater knits. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter below to receive that tutorial straight to your inbox!

Happy sewing!

*I received some feedback about the Azteca fabric batch and I want to mention something regarding Aztec-inspired, Navajo, or “tribal” prints. Like many other fabric and apparel retailers, I didn’t think twice about snatching up this trendy print, knowing it would sell well with fashionable, crafty ladies around the country. I didn’t fully consider the ramifications that wearing tribal prints might have on the indigenous cultures from which they originated, nor do I know very much about any of the cultures that have inspired the millions of tribal prints that we see today.

Lauren from Right Sides Together has a great post on educating ourselves about and supporting the artisans that produce these designs. While I don’t necessarily think buying and wearing tribal prints is a total no-no, I do think it’s important to understand and respect their origins while enjoying their aesthetic. In the future, I’ll be working towards buying these lovely textiles directly from the people who created them, when possible. I must admit my eyes have been opened to an issue that had not once crossed my mind. I encourage you to at least consider it too.

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