This has definitely been the season for me to sew more with napped fabrics. I don’t think I’ve ever been this drawn to corduroy as I am this season. The 70s fashion friend made a huge comeback this year along with its cousin velvet. And I can’t seem to get enough of them.
I love wearing white jeans all year long. So a pair of white cords just made sense. I searched and found this amazing fabric: Whisper White Short-Piled Stretch Cotton Corduroy. The cords are so subtle that the fabric looks like velvet. Either way, this fabric is so very très chic for this season.
I chose to make a pair of white skinny jeans using Closet Case Ginger Jeans pattern.
Corduroy can be a tricky fabric to work with. So here are some of my fool-proof tips to have amazing results… First, always buy 1/2 yard extra to account for nap. Napped fabrics are directional fabrics such as velvet and suede. You can always tell a napped fabric by simply running your hand back and forth on the grainline. One direction will feel smooth, while the other feels like a bit of resistance.
When cutting out corduroy, all of the pieces must be cut in the same direction. I like for my pile to flow downward. If you cut the pieces in opposite directions, the flow of the pile will appear as if the fabric is different shades.
My corduroy is cotton, so I pre-washed to pre-shrink my fabric first. This fabric is pretty lightweight as far as corduroy goes, so I used a size 80/12 universal needle along with matching all-purpose thread.
I finished my seams with my serger and lengthened the stitch to 3.0mm for topstitching. I also used a pressing cloth with my iron.