Fabric Batch #001: Azteca
If it's not clear by now, I have an almost unhealthy obsession with curating little sets of things. And my favorite outlet for this addiction is rounding up collections of sewing patterns that create a cohesive seasonal wardrobe. I cannot and will not stop doing that. Ever.
But, you see, the problem with feeding an unhealthy obsession is that it only becomes stronger. So strong, in fact, that it becomes automatic and almost impossible to quit. So it only makes sense that this "curating twitch" I'm exhibiting extends to the most important sewing supply: fabric.
Today, we're bringing you Indiesew's first ever fabric "batch," aptly named Azteca. Azteca is our first set of apparel fabrics, released at the same time (but not bundled), that interplay to create several lovely garments. Azteca is fall inspired, on trend, and well suited for the beginner and intermediate sewist.
My sister and I found these fabrics during a very hot few days in Los Angeles. Each fabric is overstock (or surplus) from a US fashion designer who had too much on their hands. Thus, the yardage is always limited and will likely never be restocked. This fabric is rare and it will sell out.
Ready? Let's take a look.
Black and White Aztec Ribbed Knit
Azteca was named after this showstopper of a fabric, our Black and White Aztec Ribbed Knit. My sister spotted this fabric and after we swooned over it for a few minutes, we quickly bought up every yard that was available from our supplier. It's absolutely stunning.
This black and white Aztec-inspired knit fabric is thick and warm, and likely mostly polyester (we rarely know exact fiber breakdown of overstock fabric). It has pronounced horizontal ribs running the width of the fabric that provide great stretch and recovery. This knit is relatively stable, and well suited for the beginner sewist.
In my mind, this Aztec knit is destined to be a cardigan above all else. Sew up the Eleanor Cardigan in this special fabric and have a new favorite layering piece that will carry you right through to winter. This fabric would also be well suited for a form-fitting dress or pencil skirt.
Teal and White CrossHatch Gauze
There is little more I love in life than a good geometric print, and especially one in shades of blue-green. This Teal and White Crosshatch Gauze is exactly that in a light and flowy substrate.
This turquoise fabric is sheer cotton gauze, perfect for boxy blouses and dresses. All I can picture when I see this fabric is a long-sleeved Fen top to be worn with jeans and under a leather jacket.
Grey and White French Terry
One of the most luxurious fabrics we've ever carried, this Grey and White French Terry is so, so, so soft. With traits of a loose sweater knit, this fabric will keep you cozy in the coldest of temperatures. With a grey "right side" and looped, off-white "wrong side", this French terry would look lovely as a sweater, hoodie, or winter dress.
After sewing up the Jasper sweater a few weeks ago, I'm certain this fabric would complement the design perfectly. Use the wrong side of the fabric for the cowl and cuffs for some visual interest.
Orange and Pink Abstract Rayon
You may recognize this print from a stretch linen fabric we previously sold out of, but I assure you this Orange and Pink Abstract Rayon entirely different substrate. In fact, Jen from Grainline sewed up a V-neck version of her Alder Dress in this exact fabric.
This fabric is 100% rayon and features little raised dots throughout, making it a dobby fabric. It's very lightweight, sheer and would require a lining if you plan to sew a dress or skirt with it. This fabric is well suited for the intermediate sewist.
A peasant or boho style dress, like a long-sleeved Roza, would look lovely sewn up in this abstract print.
Grey and White Striped Sweater Knit
Our Grey and White Striped Sweater Knit is a great basic fabric for every stash. This midweight jersey fabric is soft and drapey.
This fabric is very similar to the fabric I used to sew up my Bridgetown Dress in this post, but even higher quality. Each stripe measures roughly 1" wide. This fabric is well suited for the intermediate sewist.
Sew up a striped Lane Raglan in this fabric and have a great wardrobe staple you'll never want to take off.
Dark Indigo Linen Chambray
I've been searching for a high-quality chambray fabric on my past few LA trips and I've finally found some. This Dark Indigo Linen Chambray is 65% Cotton, 35% Linen for a luxurious fabric that will wash and wear beautifully.
This midweight fabric is very stable and well suited for the beginner sewist. It is a dark indigo blue with a subtle linen texture. A shift dress like the Cabin would look lovely sewn up in this neutral fabric. Use a fun contrasting fabric for the pocket fabric to add some pizazz.
That's it, folks. Those are the six apparel fabrics that comprise our first fabric batch, Azteca. If you see any you like, be sure to get them in the Indiesew Fabric Shop ASAP as they'll sell out soon!
I plan to release a fabric batch like this in semi-regular intervals, probably every two to three weeks. The first people to know about these batches are our newsletter subscribers, so be sure to sign up below!
Happy fabric shopping!
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