Hello EWE Makers! I’m here today to introduce you to a new blog series we’ll be doing. We are always striving to provide the best materials we can for whatever projects you want to make. As the shop has expanded to carry fabric, I thought it would be nice to provide some background about the fabrics we have selected. So let's learn about some fabric and find a little bit of sewing inspiration along the way.
Today I’m highlighting the two different types of corduroy in the shop. They are both 100% cotton, but the similarities end there. Corduroy is often described with a number and wale; the number refers to how many wales (or cords) per inch there are in the fabric. Thus, the higher the number, the finer the wales, the lower the number, the wider the wales. Corduroy usually has a nap or pile to the fabric. This means the fabric will look slightly different when viewed from a different angle. Due to this nap, your pattern pieces should all be aligned in the same direction when cutting. The two corduroys we are currently carrying are vary different in terms of weight and wale, and we love them both for different projects!
First up is a 6 wale (or wide wale) “vintage” corduroy by Télio. This is a medium weight fabric, weighing 8.4 oz per square yard, or 285 GSM. It is wonderfully soft with a nice drape. Wide wale corduroy is often used in pants, but we also love this one for unstructured jackets. We have four versatile colors of this unique fabric.
It is a perfect match for a transitional spring jacket such as the Wiksten Haori or Deer and Do Nenuphar Jacket. Both jackets feature a loose fit, and japanese inspired details. The Wiksten Haori is fully lined with deep patch pockets. We sewed this one up as a shop sample and lined it with Mammoth Flannel and love how soft and cozy this jacket is.
The Nenuphar Jacket has a beautiful cut collar detail and bell sleeves, giving it a slightly dressier look. View A features 3/4 length sleeves and patch pockets, while view B has long gathered sleeves.
The second corduroy we have is a much lighter weight and finer wale. It is a 21 wale, meaning it has 21 cords per inch and is often referred to as pincord. This lighter weight corduroy weighs 4.46 oz per square yard, is 100% cotton, and we are carrying it in four easy to wear colors.
The 21 wale corduroy is perfect for a Hinterland Dress. The Hinterland dress is a shop favorite. You can usually find one of us wearing this versatile dress on any given day! The Hinterland features three sleeve options, with a gathered easy to wear skirt. You can choose from a partial or full button placket, but if you are not feeling up to the task, you can leave the placket off all together for a simpler look (and easier construction!)
The Emerson Crop Pants are an easy to wear elastic waist pant by True Bias. It features a flat front waist band with flattering pleats, with the option to sew a mid or high rise waist.
We hope you’re feeling inspired for some corduroy sewing! Thank you for reading our first edition of Fabric File.