What Can I Make With This Fabric?
Our modern corduroys are not like those from the 1970s or those associated with casual trousers or jackets. The type of corduroy we stock is 100% cotton, baby/pin cord. The fabric’s drape is slightly softer than medium weight cotton and it feels super comfy next to the skin.
Cords are most often associated with dressmaking, for children and grown-ups, but can also be used in quilting, where you might want to introduce different textures, bag and zipper pouch making (with the addition of interfacing for added strength), cushions, soft toys and more!
The only real exclusions when considering what to make would be:
- Tailored trousers and jackets, as the weight of the fabric isn’t substantial enough to hold the required shapes.
- Floaty tops and dresses unless corduroy is specified as a fabric choice.
- Roman blind and curtains if you want a crisp finish (you could add interfacing to achieve this).
Preparing For Sewing
If your project is going to be regularly washed then you should pre-wash your fabric, cottons can shrink by up to 6% when first washed - that's a loss of 6cm for every mtr!
Exception to the rule...
If you are quilting and like the slightly crinkly vintage look, wait until after you have finished sewing your quilt to wash it, the fabric will shrink at a different rate to the wadding and that lovely crinkly finish will magically appear.
If you do pre-wash your fabrics, do this before your cut your pattern pieces out of your fabric, washing powder and conditioner are optional.