Baby Wale Corduroy 3 Ways

It’s that time of year…corduroy time!  Now I’ve got to admit, corduroy is one of my oldest fabric loves!  I mean it’s so great to sew with; stable and pliable but soft and comfortable to wear.  Let me show you what I mean.


After scouring the corduroy selection at CaliFabrics, I settled on some Brown Baby Wale Corduroy.  The first thing I sewed from this fabric was a Sandbridge Skirt (pattern by Hey June Patterns.)  This is your quintessential casual skirt pattern with 5 pocket styling.  It has a functional zip fly and belt loops.  And the corduroy stood up beautifully to each of these elements of the skirt.


In fact, this corduroy is so great to work with that I asked my daughter with mad embroidery skills to stitch a fern design on the back pocket.  There’s french knots, several different stitch techniques used, all in colors to match the fabric of my shirt.  (More on the shirt down below!)  I think she’s sufficiently paid me back for sewing all those shirts for her, right?

Anyway, I love the Sandbridge Skirt pattern, and you can check out my full review of the pattern itself here.  But trust me, you want to sew one in corduroy as nice as this!


And this corduroy is very aptly named BABY Wale Corduroy…because I sewed something for my baby from the scraps!  (You did know that I, the original Fabric Scrooge, was going to do something fun with the leftovers, right?)  For baby, I sewed dress using the Oliver + S Family Reunion pattern.  I love how the sweet little tucks on the front and back echo the lines of the corduroy fabric.


Because she has the same affliction most babies of sewing mothers have (she grows fast!!!) I added the hem allowance as a separate piece onto the bottom of the hem instead of simply inside.  Not sure that makes sense, but the dress is about 2.5 inches longer than intended to address that growing-too-fast issue!


Since that chocolate Baby Wale Corduroy fabric could stand on it’s own any day of the week, I decided to keep in simple and use wood buttons on both the front and the back of the dress.  It’s simply the sweetest thing ever!


And the final piece in these photos is my shirt.  I used the updated Union St. Tee pattern (here’s my thoughts on the update) made from Mauve Grunge Rose on Slate Floral double brushed poly fabric.  It’s the softest, most comfortable t-shirt in my wardrobe currently!  I love this fabric for fall, it’s warm as well as soft!  You can get this fabric in the pink color way still, or try this double brushed poly if you’re partial to blue florals like me!

And please share all your corduroy makes with me…what is your favorite thing to sew with corduroy?

Audrey from Skirt Fixation

Audrey, a mom of 8, sews and blogs at Skirt Fixation, your home for everything skirt related! There's lots of other sewing goodness too...after all can't leave the boys out of sewing adventures! She also designs and sells pattern through Savvy Patterns.

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4 thoughts on “Baby Wale Corduroy 3 Ways”

  1. The first garment I ever made was with a deep purple corduroy (wider whale than yours) – I was 17 years old (1972) and it was bib style jumper Simplicity pattern 🙂 I LOVED that jumper to pieces. Everyone asked me where I bought it (it was a mini that I wore with black leotards and a black turtle neck) which delighted me no end and definitely contributed to my already flourishing sewing love 🙂 Since I’ve made a few things with it over the years but nothing stands out like that jumper – first crush 🙂 I love your skirt! I have some baby whale wine corduroy that I hadn’t figured out what to with but a skirt is a brilliant idea! I can’t tell you how ADORABLE your baby girl is in that dress and hat you’ve made for her. Really made my Sunday 🙂

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