Corduroy fabric has always had peaks and troughs in its popularity. Over the last couple of years it’s experienced something of a resurrection on the catwalk but back it comes every year. This muted red corduroy fabric is a sturdy, practical yet soft and pliable example of its kind.
The shade of red here is, we think, what might be termed a ‘Venetian red’. It leans very gently towards a rust or terracotta but stops well short of that mark. Our muted red corduroy fabric is a cotton corduroy and by our reckoning, has about a 10 wale count, making it a thicker-corded corduroy. (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 than 16 or so – an thicker elephant cord would be fewer than about 10.) Although technically this would almost count as an elephant cord, the cords here are relatively widely-spaced and aren’t overly long – which is why we’d stop short of calling it an elephant cord.
Although this is a fabric with excellent, near-total opacity, it’s still pliable and should be straight-forward to work with. However in no way would we call it a draping fabric as is reflected in this video.
As you’d expect, it has a lovely soft handle which will only increase through washing. We think our muted red corduroy fabric will be perfect for trousers, jeans, jackets, pinafores – all the usual suspects for a corduroy fabric. This would be the perfect fabric for the popular ‘Cleo’ Pinafore and Dungaree Dress from Tilly and the Buttons.
**PLEASE NOTE** This is a narrower-than-usual cloth; it’s 106cm in width. If you’re unsure of how much to order for your project then take a look at our blog post here which explains how to calculate fabric quantities for non-standard widths.
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.