I will not waste your time with any more hypothetical questions, friends. This is for real.
I was walking the dogs today when what did I stumble upon just a few blocks from home than a discarded bolt of purple cotton corduroy. I know it sounds crazy, but it really happened.
This is not the first time I have found bolts of fabric in the street, but purple cotton corduroy? I'd love to know the backstory.
This bolt is 60" wide and has no stretch. Inside the cardboard roll was this card:
A quick internet search led me to this website, which suggests that this is high quality corduroy, 100% cotton and woven in the UK. How this bolt ended up abandoned thousands of miles from Lancashire is anybody's guess.
Now I must be honest: while I did once intend to make a cranberry corduroy suit a few years ago (I completed the pants only) and was coincidentally wearing lavender corduroy shorts when I stumbled upon this bolt today, corduroy is not my favorite fabric in the world, nor is purple my favorite color (though it is part of my "Color Me Beautiful" palette).
It has, for me, strong associations with the 1970's, for one thing. It's not the stuff of ballgowns or chic vintage 40's ensembles -- or is it?
Then there's this very groovy vintage Biba midi dress. Very "Rhoda."
I am going to have to think outside the box. What else could I make with this stuff?
Bean bag chair.
Mod pantsuit (with matching cap).
In closing, friends, what would YOU do with an entire bolt of purple cotton corduroy?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!