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 in fact every autumn it proves its perennial worth. We’ve always loved it and wouldn’t be without a few rolls every A/W season. This red stretch needlecord fabric has a vintage air to its muted red tones and we think it’s a perfect autumnal fabric.
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 red stretch needlecord fabric is a stretch cotton corduroy and by our reckoning, has about a 20 wale count, making it a definite 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 than 16 or so – an thicker elephant cord would be fewer than about 10.) Although this is a fabric with excellent, near-total opacity, it’s a slightly lighter-weight fabric than your average corduroy. You can see that reflected in the comparative ease of movement evident in this video.
As you’d expect, it has a lovely soft handle which will only increase through washing. We think our red stretch needlecord fabric will be perfect for trousers, jeans, jackets, pinafores – all the usual suspects for a needlecord fabric, albeit one which is less substantial than some. Its stretch capacity amounts to not much more than 5% as you can see in the video. Perfect for helping with fitting and to provide ease in a closely-fitted jacket or trousers but by no means a full-on stretch.
We thought that the slightly lighter-weight red needlecord fabric would be perfect as a pinafore. We’d be inclined to take a new look at this ‘Adeline’ Dress pattern from Style Arc.
98% cotton, 2% elastane
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.