Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tutorial:: Oversized Tribal Cardigan

I am thrilled to be a part of the Stretch Yourself Series hosted by Miriam of Mad Mim and Miranda of One Little Minute.  They have dedicated two full weeks to sharing all about sewing with knits.  Every one of their posts so far in this series have been beyond pin-worthy, so go check them out if you haven't already!



Today Kristin and I are sharing tutorials on our favorite loungewear piece.  To me, nothing screams "loungewear" like a great pair of leggings and an oversized cardigan. 

I got this knit from the Fashion District in LA (shocker).  They barely had a yard left of it and I used up every last ounce making this baby. 


You will need:
  • 1-1/2 yards of thicker knit fabric (depends on how oversized you want it to be)
  • Cardigan of your own for the pattern
  • Matching thread
  • Pattern/tracing paper
  • Notions- scissors, pins, matching thread, marking pencil
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger (optional)
  • Double needle (optional)

 
 

I left the front open sections of the cardigan unfinished since the edges curl a bit, but I liked the look of it.  The front is open, with lots of fabric fold together at the neckline which gives it a perfectly imperfect look. 

The days that I wear this cardigan are the days that not a whole lot on my "to do" list gets done.  I get the same effect when I wear my robe around the house.  For some reason being draped in a lot of cozy fabric makes hot chocolate, a floor scattered with toys, and a big pile of library books instantly appealing.

cardigan: me, top: Forever 21, leggings: Ann Taylor Loft, boots: Sperry Top Sider, jewelry: vintage

14 comments:

  1. I love this, looks so cozy. I'll have to put it on my list! :)

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  2. I love the tribal print you chose! It looks great and I'd love to try it myself but I'm not very good at sewing.

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  3. Um, that cardigan is amazing. I am seriously obsessed with tribal print.

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  4. Goodness, I love it! I'm going to have to try to make myself a cardigan since I wear one just about every day!

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  5. Love this sweater. And you look gorgeous, as always.

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  6. This is so so cute, I would buy a bolt of that fabric if I could (LA why are you so far...?!) I definitely need more oversized cardis in my wardrobe, and I really love the sleeve length and that hemline! So perfect, I'm definitely gonna steal that one of these days. ANd ps, you're super hot. xo Mim

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    1. Thanks so much Mim! I am still in awe of the amazing posts you guys have done for this series. Amazing! And I am moving to LA this summer so...now you have a place to stay when you get down there :)

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  7. Looks cozy and fun! Good job, Leanne!

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  8. This is just beautiful! I am in love with that print.

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  9. So great! I have been meaning to rub off a cardigan for a while and haven't gotten around to it! Seeing this one gives me new motivation. I love it!

    xo

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  10. Love it! Question for you- I live in Los Angeles and have been wanting to find a go to in the fabric district. Do you have any favorite shops or recommendations? Thanks!

    xo
    Lindsay

    http://www.candyandclothes.com

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    1. Thanks Lindsay!

      Check out my About Me page here: http://www.elleapparelblog.com/p/about-me.html

      On the last bullet, I list links too every post I have done on the district and my favorite places to hit up. You are going to DIE. It is amazing down there!

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  11. Omigosh so cute - and what a fantastic print! It's so hard to find great knit prints like that. I really love cardigans but never think to make one for myself, too. I need to get more selfish. Thanks for being my tutorial buddy today! :)

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  12. Your tribal print design cardigan and your boot is looking quite fabulous. Now days the tribal prints are also counted as the latest fashion trend for the fashion oriented peoples.

    tribal apparel

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