A double make with stretch corduroy!
A double cord make...
Whether corduroy reminds you of the 70's or the 90's, you can't deny it excels in the comfort factor and I'm pretty happy with its revival! All of the colours that Lorrelle stocks are beautiful, sort of gem coloured, autumnal tones that will transition well throughout the wet and windy winter/spring. If you follow me on online you would have been able to guess that the petrol stretch corduroy would be my chosen colour - I love blues, greens and teals and this fabric doesn't disappoint. It takes on different colours depending on what you pair it with, which made picking thread, buttons, and outfits both gloriously easy yest somehow challenging - too many options!
If you follow my Youtube channel you might know I am keen to make dungarees and pinafores this year and I originally had this fabric earmarked for a pinafore of some kind - but, between knowing there's a dungaree make coming to this blog soon, and having inspiration strike while sewing another garment, the fabric had a different (double) destiny.
After I made a cord cami top in the summer, which is perfect for layering up in winter, I had been considering cord separates and when making up a Closet Case Cielo I could see the cord version appear immediately. It plays the line perfectly between 90's throwback and actually quite luxury. I've paired it with jeans for the photos layered up over a long sleeve top but I can easily see this being a versatile garment in my wardrobe (paired with a velvet skirt even?). The Cielo takes just a metre of fabric this wide and with sleeves inserted on the flat, its great if you've been putting off woven makes! It is super comfy and easy to wear, and the soft fabric is just so easy to work with. It's easy to forget that wovens with some stretch make really comfortable tops, it doesn't have to be really fitted garments you use this lovely fabric for!
With another metre of the fabric left, I decided a skirt was needed - although these won't get worn together, they are such good basics - something I've been lacking in my me-made wardrobe. The Pattern Emporium Chelsea skirt was crying out to be made in cord - with big buttons up the front and a little A-line shape. There's lots of options on this one and I think the cord would make a really lovely dramatic maxi in winter - but I went for the knee length as a more wearable option for me. It's a quick sew and the panels give it a nice shape, although I might add some extra A-line in future versions. For now though, I am going to enjoy layering it up with thick tights and boots while the cold persists, while pondering whether to buy the rust or ochre needlecord next!
Click here to see cord fabrics available at Loubodu Fabrics