Kate Underdown

Do you have some corduroy fabric in your stash you haven’t got a project planned for? It always looks so appealing, that it’s quite hard to pass by a bolt of corduroy fabric without taking some home. I have done this many times, so when I’m shortlisting patterns for you (and my own makes) I often can’t resist seeing what patterns match with cord.

Now onto this gorgeous edit of patterns for anyone who crushes on corduroy…

The weight of corduroy makes it a perfect choice for jackets and we have some lovely options:

  1. Tilly and the Buttons Sonny Jacket – great for colour-blocking, you can make either utility style with a classic collar or cute and trendy with a frill prairie collar.
  2. Made my Wardrobe Bonnie Jacket – a super easy-to-make jacket that is great for customising with as many pockets as you like inside and out.
  3. Grainline Studio Thayer Jacket – a workwear-inspired jacket that’s fully lined for plenty of warmth, and front princess seams ensure a great fit.
  4. Sewing Patterns by Masin Jameela Jacket  – a cosy jacket with two length options and a box pleat at the back. The cropped version comes with a sleeve placket and sleeve cuff whilst the longer version features a simple sleeve hem.

Skirts with a touch of structure also look lovely in corduroy. Pair it with a roll-neck top or cosy jumper and you will have a stylish outfit that will carry you through autumn to spring!

  1.  In the Folds Barkly Skirt – a panelled A-line skirt with pockets and a range of interesting and fun-to-sew details. The styles included can be mixed and matched so that you can combine your style preferences.
  2. True Bias Salida Skirt – a panelled skirt that has a soft V-shaped yoke at the front and back, a high waist and a front zipper fly. Choose from a fitted skirt with back slit for easy walking or skirt that flares out at the bottom.
  3. Itch to Stitch Taroko Skirt – a pattern packed with visual interest including practical back waist darts for shaping. The patch pockets are integrated into the front princess seams – very clever
  4. Fibre Mood Fenna Skirt – a trendy pattern that features a yoke, button fly, slash pockets, and a beautiful slit with a shaped seam. At the back, there are darts for a perfect fit and patch pockets.

When I think of what to sew with corduroy, the first thing that always springs to mind is a pinafore. They are trendy without trying too hard and have endless layering potential.

  1. Jennifer Lauren Handmade Ivy Pinafore Dress – with two completely different silhouettes – an A-line style tent dress and a slim-fit variation – Ivy a great pattern to pair with corduroy. It comes with bust cup options to help you achieve a great fit.
  2. Merchant & Mills Margo Dress – an uber cool pinafore dress that is giving me TOAST vibes. As you can see it looks so good in corduroy and with a jumper layered underneath.
  3. Helen’s Closet York Pinafore – with a cocoon shape and two views, this popular pinafore is easy to sew and looks fab in corduroy.
  4. Fibre Mood Dagny Dress – a classic overall dress with 60s vibes. It’s a versatile garment that’s fun to style: pair it with a turtleneck, a t-shirt or a romantic blouse.

Trousers are a great shout for corduroy. They look a tad vintage and are cosy to wear.

  1. Atelier Jupe Frankie Trousers – a trendy pair of trousers that sits a little below the waist. The back yoke and rounded pockets at the front, together with the topstitching, give this pattern a timeless jeans look. If you roll up the trouser legs, you’ll get a fun, casual look.
  2. The Modern Sewing Co. Daphne Trousers – with three different length options, Daphne is an elegant pair of trousers. The ‘easy-fit’ construction method will allow you to tailor the cut to your own body.
  3. Fibre Mood Betty Trousers – a timeless pair of high-waisted, ankle-length balloon trousers which are embellished with choice ’80s design details like slanted lines and triangles. You have to take a closer look!
  4. Merchant & Mills Quinn Trousers – a very popular pattern with Foldliners, these ‘sailor’ inspired wide leg trousers feature back welt pockets and front pockets with button openings.

Overalls and dungarees are really clever. It’s the basis of your outfit and is handy for making use of all the tops in your wardrobe. If you’re a little nervous about wearing them, pick a rich navy cord for a chic and paired-back look.

  1. Fibre Mood Constance Overalls – comfortably cut overalls with adjustable shoulder straps, button closures on the sides, and pockets along the side seams as well as a large breast pocket. They look super in trendy corduroy.
  2. Sew House Seven Burnside Bibs – a cult classic which I have made in a lighter-weight baby cord. They can be tied in many ways – at the back, front or sides. The legs are somewhat wide and can be made full-length or cropped.
  3. Helen’s Closet Ruby Overalls – fun to wear and quick to sew, Ruby features an elasticated back that creates shaping at the waist while still being comfortable to sit and move around in.
  4. True Bias Riley Overalls – a classic overall design with a relaxed fit and two lengths, they have a slight 90s feel to them while still looking modern.

We can’t miss out on the amazing menswear patterns we have that look great in corduroy.

  1. The Modern Sewing Co. Jaime Jacket – a casual menswear piece designed to feel quietly smart and easy to wear. It may look simple but it’s full of carefully considered details to elevate it from other ‘overshirt’ style jackets.
  2. Merchant & Mills Billy Gilet – a brilliant lined or unlined layering piece that will work hard for years to come.
  3. Wardrobe by Me Men’s Heavy Shirt– an oversized shirt with a front placket, dropped shoulders, two-piece sleeves, collar and stand, and pockets with flaps. It looks great in chunky cord fabric.
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