This is my latest project as a Fabricville blogger. I was choosing from the most recent fabric releases, so after much deliberation finally picked this 100% cotton corduroy. It was a hard decision! But when I saw the deep red with the cobalt, green & black motifs I thought it would fit in nicely with my 80s inspired sewing of late. Also it's quite seasonal, looking like falling leaves.
It's a lightweight & fine wale corduroy so I thought it would match up well with a simple shift that doesn't require any real movement in the fabric. I used Vogue 8805, but combined the middle & bottom panels, to only have the yoke seam left.
Fortunately the print matches up well enough that even that topstitched seam doesn't break up the visual line. I didn't shorten it at all so while it's thigh-high on the model it's just at the bottom of my knee, my preferred length.
I added side seam pockets of course; I marked the waistline while I cut it out to give me the pocket placement line. I just used my standard pocket pattern.
Another change I made was to line it with some black bemberg lining. I cut the lining only for the bottom half of the dress, below the yoke. I basted it to the bottom piece & sewed the yoke on, topstitching all 3 layers together. This allows a stiffer fabric, and one that likes to stick to itself as well as any tights, to hang better and not frustrate a wearer. Nothing worse than a dress that tangles up between your knees as you walk!
The back neckline has a slit which closes with a hook & eye. Unfortunately I find that it pops open while I am wearing it, not sure why, so I am going to replace it with a button & loop.
Anyhow I love this fabric! It's the perfect weight for this time of year & I really love the print and colours of it. Perfect cozy Fall dress that could even make an appearance at Christmas 😉