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« on: December 14, 2010 04:21:24 AM »

Okay, so months ago, I bought a lot of corduroy to make a coat. I procrastinated, until finally this weekend I started cutting out the pattern and the fabric. I was really careful to make sure the pieces were all cut out in the same direction. The only thing I've ever made with corduroy before is a bag.

But just hours after cutting out the corduroy, I was looking through a sewing book that said that corduroy should be cut so that when you run your hand from the bottom to the top it feels smooth. This shows the best color. Well, I cut mine with the smoothness running from top to bottom.

I don't have any more corduroy, so cutting it out again isn't an option. Did I just ruin my coat, or will it still look fine/hang right when it's sewn together?
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2010 03:42:29 AM »

Sorry I can't offer you any advice, but I would have cut it exactly the same way as you if that makes you feel any better Smiley
I just checked my corduroy jeans and the nap runs from the waist towards the toe ie. smooth when brushed from top to bottom so I would say that you have cut it the right way.
Wouldn't fluff and stuff get stuck to it really easily if it was running upwards?

I wouldn't stress too much, just keep going with what you have, good luck! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2010 11:21:51 AM »

It is just a color thing. You can cut it whatever way you want. It has to do with how the light hits the nap and reflects in it...or something I don't exactly know. I do know that if you cut it (fabrics with nap) smoothness upwards and you put it onstage you get a really nice deep rich color. But even for stage you could cut it the other way if you wanted to.
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2010 05:57:25 PM »

Okay, thanks guys. Big sigh of relief.  Smiley
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