Corduroy Chi Town Skirt
Hello there. I’m Melissa from mahlicadesigns. The Fabric Guys have invited me to share about my recent adventure in sewing with their corduroy.
Corduroy is having a moment again in fashion and I couldn’t be happier to join in on the trend, but I needed a little refresher on sewing with the fabric so I put together 11 Tips for Sewing with Corduroy as a reference to share.
I paired the Premium 8 wale corduroy in Rust with the Chi Town Skirt pattern from Alina Sewing + Design Co. The rust color is so rich and combined with the thick pile of the corduroy this fabric is a sensory experience you don’t want to miss. Thank you Fabric Guys for sharing it with me.
I most definitely approached this project with care, using all of the tips above to keep the loft of the corduroy in pristine condition. My pretests showed that my marking tools would affect the right side, pins might leave marks, and that pressing would crush the loft.
I worked step by step through the pattern thinking about how each step could be accomplished while taking into consideration the needs of the fabric. I placed pins within my seam allowance instead of perpendicular to it and I thread traced my top stitching line instead of using a marking tool.
Pressing was the most nerve racking part of the whole project. Take a breath, put a scrap of corduroy underneath (cords facing each other) and press with just the tip of the iron at the seam line, lifting the iron up and down as you go.
The skirt is mostly constructed at this point. Seams are carefully pressed. Top stitching at the fly and along the pocket edges is complete. Looking good right? Just the waistband and hem left to go.
With a cord this thick a single fold hem was the way to go.
Spending a little extra time to work with the corduroy was so worth the effort. My skirt is gorgeous in color and texture. The corduroy exudes warmth and coziness. I can’t ask for a more perfect fall wardrobe piece.