We’re always entranced by a bit of fabric deception and this slate, orange and cerise printed needlecord fabric has certainly worked its magic on us. Although it has all the appearance of a regular (if beautifully-printed) needlecord, in fact this is a much lighter-weight fabric. We think it’ll be fabulous as a cross-season shirt or tunic – or perhaps a simple shift dress. We’re not able to use the trade name of the manufacturer, but you won’t be disappointed in the exceptional quality of the base fabric and the intricate abstract print
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a lighter-weight corduroy fabric in 100% cotton – there’s no stretch here, just to be clear. It classes as a needlecord fabric as the wale count is about 25. (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 orange and cerise printed 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 a shirt for instance.
How does this fabric move?
The lighter weight of this orange and cerise printed needlecord fabric is evident in this video; it falls into gentle folds and a length of it will swing and ripple without any stiffness.
NOTE: Our videos are intended to show the movement of a fabric. For accurate colour and pattern detail, please refer to our still images.
Will I need to line this fabric?
This is a fabric with near-total opacity despite its lighter weight. It won’t therefore need lining for purposes of modesty and its softness will mean that unlined garments will be perfectly comfortable. However a structured dress or a skirt would probably need lining to help with structure and fitting as well as to enable movement across the body and over hosiery.
What can I make with this fabric?
Shirts, blouses, tops, tunics and dresses are all options for this exceptional orange and cerise printed needlecord fabric. We thought the French Dart Shift from Maven Patterns would be a fabulous showcase for this delicious fabric.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.