Thursday, December 20, 2012

Vintage Corduroy Fabric

This week's post is about vintage corduroy fabrics.  Although corduroy is generally thought of as a winter clothing fabric, its a fabulous year-round textile for quilts, bags, and other accessories.
I find it very easy to sew and love to pair it with similar weight fabrics such as barkcloth, wool tweeds, and printed and cut velvets.

I remember corduroy being very popular in the 1970's, and had a well-loved pair of orange corduroy gauchos when I was a kid.  :)  This cute Penn-Dutch print was likely produced around that same time.
This next one is my favorite ( love the color combo of teal, navy, and olive) and is probably a little earlier, 1960's, I imagine.

It is a great match with the solid teal, as are several other fabrics.  The bright Fairy tale barkcloth is just begging to be paired up with it!

I also have a couple vintage linen towels that pair well with the solids.

Not sure yet what project these combos will be used for.  But what about you? Have you worked with this sturdy, versitile fabric?   Any other fans of corduroy out there? 
There's a lot of nasty weather across the country this week, stay safe everyone!


Abby and Stephanie said...

What an amazing collection. I LOVE corduroy. It's such a wonderful fabric for bag making. I have some from my grandma's scrap basket -- all solids but I did find a super sweet red cord with little blue flowers at an antique mall recently. Stay warm and cozy.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love corduroy. I have a nice piece of supposedly Heather Ross in turqoise with tiny school supplies print. Trying to decide what it will be.

Nancy said...

I love corduroy, Kim. I remember seeing a quilt made of corduroy and velveteen squares. It was beautiful and I imagine it would be very warm on a cold night. Thanks for sharing these lovely fabrics. Stay warm and Merry Christmas!

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

These are wonderful! Haven't used much cord fabric, but thinking about it now! Thanks for sharing...

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Its nice to see there are other corduroy fans out there. :)

Stephanie and Mary, your printed corduroys sound so sweet! Most of mine are solids, but I grab the cute printed ones whenever I see them.
Nancy, that quilt sounds amazing! Very cozy for winter.
And Glenna, its such a great weight and texture for bags and'll love it. :)