In our books, autumn is the perfect time to wear corduroy fabric. The pile gives it a luxurious and slightly light-reflecting quality; there’s a depth to the colours too as a result of the texture. This golden brown needlecord fabric was one we snapped up as soon as we saw it. It will lift any wardrobe at this time of year with its golden glow – yet it’s not too yellow – and will complement all those other favourite autumn shades of rust, green, wine, charcoal…what’s not to love?
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a lighter-weight corduroy fabric on 100% cotton – there’s no stretch here, just to be clear. It classes as a needlecord fabric as the wale count is about 16 – the usual threshold for a needlecord. (In case you’re wondering, wales are the raised velvety stripes running the length of the fabric – the narrower they are, the more there are to the inch – that’s the wale count. A needlecord has more 16 or more – a thicker elephant cord would be fewer than about 10.)
What does this fabric feel like?
Our golden brown needlecord fabric is a beautifully soft fabric – very pliable and not in the least stiff. The outer side is gentle and velvety – whereas the inside is smooth and will be perfectly comfortable next to the skin as trousers, for instance.
How does this fabric move?
The lighter weight of this golden brown needlecord fabric is evident in this video; it falls into softly-angled folds and a length of it will swing and ripple without too much stiffness.
Will I need to line this fabric?
This is a fabric with near-total opacity despite its relatively lighter weight. It won’t therefore need lining for purposes of modesty and its softness will mean that unlined trousers will be perfectly comfortable. However a jacket or structured dress would probably need lining for to help with structure and fitting. You’d probably also want to line a skirt or pinafore in order to enable movement across the body and over hosiery.
What can I make with this fabric?
Trousers, casual jackets and winter skirts are all options for this delicious golden brown needlecord fabric. If you’re considering trousers, we’d suggest straight or wider-legged designs would be more appropriate for the weight of the fabric. It would also be perfect as a pinafore or dungarees – or if you wanted to combine both, why not consider the ‘Cleo’ Dungaree Dress from Tilly and the Buttons?
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.