We think corduroy is the perfect fabric for wear across seasons when it can easily be layered up for warmth or left to its own devices on warmer days. This taupe brown stretch needlecord fabric would be equally at home as a shift, pinafore or tunic – or perhaps as a shirt or a pair of relaxed trousers. It doesn’t quite have the robust structure required for tightly-fitted jeans but would be perfect as a relaxed, slightly utilitarian jacket.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a lighter-weight cotton corduroy fabric with just a little stretch to allow for ease of fitting and wearing. It classes as a needlecord fabric as the wale count is about 20. (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 taupe brown stretch 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 taupe brown stretch 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.
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 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 more 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?
Dresses, casual jackets and skirts are all options for this understated taupe brown stretch 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?
97% cotton, 3% elastane
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.