Carrie is back with one of her latest makes!

We’re so grateful that she wanted to share her top tips using our baby cord. This 100% cotton corduroy comes in a range of colours which you can find HERE – we’ll let Carrie walk you through the rest!


I was on the hunt for some needlecord and 1stFor Fabrics had a lovely selection in bright jolly colours! I was tempted by sunny yellow, but I opted for the red!

I knew the project I wanted to make, and it was a Tilly and the Buttons Clemence skirt which was suitable for this fabric.

It was love at first sight the colour was a vibrant wearable red and the pile was fine and soft to touch.

I popped the fabric straight in the wash on a quick 15-minute 30c cycle and air dried.

Once dry the fabric required ironing before preparing to cut the fabric. Tip iron on the wrong side to prevent marking the fabric.

When cutting my pattern, I ensured that the pile on the fabric was running in the same direction to prevent an uneven shade and feel to the fabric.

My method of cutting was with scissors and I was able to cut with ease.


The sewing machine handled the fabric well with no puckering or movement. I overlocked the sides of my pattern pieces as there was fraying of the fabric on the raw edges.

The skills used on this pattern was gathering stitches inserting an invisible zip, French seams and inserting a waistband.


I teamed up my red needlecord Clemence skirt with a polka dot navy Rayon Challis Sew over it Cami top. This fabric was also from 1stfor fabrics.  I made both in an evening and was happy with the finished outfit!  I’m so pleased I went for the red as it’s a great colour and it will take me through to the festive season!


I really recommend this fabric and think it has lots of opportunities to make the most wearable garments in your handmade wardrobe.

Lots of love Carrie



Inspired? Then head over to her Instagram page to see more of Carrie’s gorgeous makes!