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Date: 9/16/12 6:15 PM

-- Simplicity 2475

I'd like to make a couple of corduroy skirts. I have this pattern (I would make view B and omit the flaps on the front), but I'm not opposed to finding another if needed. The pattern lists pinwale corduroy as an option, but I haven't found pinwale in a color that I want. Would 18 wale be fine enough, do you think?

Also, while I'm asking about corduroy, is it usually lined in a skirt? What is an appropriate lining (to wear with tights)?
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Date: 9/16/12 7:35 PM

I didn't see the pattern you have in mind, but I do know from experience that you should line a corduroy skirt. I've just used ordinary polyester lining. Otherwise the skirt will hike up and bunch together. Some corduroy also stretches, so it could bag out in the seat. I do love corduroy skirts and have used several kinds of corduroy for them.
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Date: 9/16/12 7:57 PM

Thanks for the reply and the lining advice! I think I have the link fixed now. I've found a stretch corduroy that I hope will work ok.

I wasn't sure about the number of pieces in this skirt...if that would present a problem or not.
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Date: 9/16/12 8:01 PM

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It might be fine if the corduroy is lightweight enough -- if it's heavier, those topstitched vertical seams might get a bit bulky. That could be why they specified pinwale corduroy.

I would probably not line a corduroy skirt that was made of a heavier weight corduroy. The skirt might feel too heavy -- this happened to me once.


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Date: 9/16/12 8:18 PM

I'd think a lighter weight corduroy will be very nice, indeed!
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Date: 9/16/12 8:24 PM

I agree that corduroy should work but a heavy material will create bulky seams. You could line it or not. I have had corduroy skirts that were not lined. If I didn't line it, I would wear a slip because I think dresses and skirts look better with a slip (I am old school). I need to get this pattern.
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Date: 9/16/12 10:00 PM

I think your skirt will work well with cordaroy. Remember that it has shadding so cut with nap including your facing piece.

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Date: 9/16/12 10:35 PM

I think you could use your corduroy with this pattern. Corduroy has a pile, so the seams will be bulkier that a thin fabric, but I don't think that necessarily is a problem. Careful topstitching could help with the seam bulk.

I personally would line the skirt. Corduroy can stretch when it is a narrower skirt like this pattern. Also, the fabric could catch friction on your tights and cling weirdly to your legs.

Or as one member suggested, a slip would solve that problem, too.

I love corduroy with tights in the winter...such a cozy but snappy look.


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Date: 9/17/12 0:39 AM

I think corduroy would work perfectly for version B, and anything up to a mid weight. The heavier cord could tend to make you look bigger in the hip area, but being a straight skirt, and depending on your measurements, that may not be a problem, and the top stitching will also help.
Lining the skirt will not add too much weight and adds comfort, as already suggested, such as catching on panty hose. I would also strongly recommend overlocking all seams, the quicker the better as it sheds like crazy.

I notice you are a beginner so be careful to cut your cord fabric with the nap or pile going the one way. Nap running upwards gives a richer colour effect.
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Date: 9/17/12 1:11 AM

As cordrouy has a nap pressing can be a challenge.

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