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Using Corduroy for Dressmaking: A Cozy Classic for Winter

Beginner's Guides | Corduroy Joe Higgs September 28th, 2023

What to make with corduroy . .

Corduroy, fabric that is often associated with Autumn and winter fashion, is warm and durable and can be used to create a whole host of stylish garments. If you are looking for a fun and rewarding sewing project, consider making a corduroy piece for your winter wardrobe.

Corduroy clothing projects that are perfect for winter:

Coats: A corduroy coat is a great way to stay warm and stylish in the winter. You can make a coat in any length or style that you like. Shop our coat patterns here
Blazers: A corduroy blazer is another versatile piece that can be dressed up or down. It is a great way to add a touch of sophistication to your winter wardrobe. Shop our patterns for blazers here
Trousers: Corduroy pants are a classic winter staple. They can be worn with a variety of tops and sweaters for a comfortable and stylish look. Shop our patterns for skirts here
Skirts: A corduroy skirt is a great way to add a touch of femininity to your winter wardrobe. You can make a skirt in any length or style that you like. Shop our patterns for skirts here
Dresses: A corduroy dress is a fun and stylish way to wear the fabric in the winter. You can make a dress in any length or style that you like. Shop our patterns for dresses here


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Top tips for sewing with corduroy . . .


If you are new to sewing with corduroy, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Corduroy can be a bit bulky, so it is important to use a sharp needle and a slightly longer stitch length than you would for other fabrics.
  2. Be sure to press your seams carefully after sewing them. This will help to flatten the fabric and give your garment a polished finish.


A few more things to know.

  • Choose a corduroy fabric that is appropriate for the weight of garment that you are making. For example, if you are making a coat, you will need to use a heavier weight corduroy. All of our fabrics will give you a weight in gsm (grams per square metre).
  • Our Babycord tends to be lighter weight and therefore better suited to lighter clothing items. Our Jumbo Cord tends to be a heavier weight and is better suited to coats, jackets etc
  • Corduroy can be prone to fraying, so be sure to pink or zigzag stitch the edges of your fabric before sewing.
  • If you are sewing a garment with darts, be sure to clip into the seam allowance at the beginning of the dart to prevent the fabric from puckering.
  • If you are sewing a garment with a facing, be sure to stay stitch the facing to the garment before sewing them together. This will help to prevent the facing from rolling away. You can shop our range of interfacing here

a few additional tips for making corduroy clothes for winter:

  • Consider adding a lining to your garment. This will add extra warmth and durability. We offer a stunning range of linings from just £2.99 per metre
  • If you are making a coat or jacket, be sure to add pockets. This will give you a place to store your belongings and keep your hands warm.
  • You can also add other embellishments to your corduroy garments, such as buttons, beads, or appliqués.

With a little bit of creativity, you can create a truly unique and stylish corduroy piece for your winter wardrobe.

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