Corduroy Pants Pattern - Brooks Jeans - Helen's Closet Patterns

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Corduroy Brooks Jeans

Corduroy Pants Pattern - Brooks Jeans - Helen's Closet Patterns

Thank you so much for the warm reception to the Brooks Jeans pattern! I am so excited to see all of your makes. We obviously had denim in mind for this pattern, but we wanted to make sure it worked in corduroy, too! We love a good cozy cord and any excuse to sew with this fun fabric. 

Brooks Jeans Sewing Pattern by Helen's Closet
Corduroy Pants Pattern - Brooks Jeans - Helen's Closet Patterns
Corduroy Pants Pattern - Brooks Jeans - Helen's Closet Patterns

For this make, we used a fine cotton corduroy from Blackbird Fabrics in the colour “pickle”. This is a non-stretch cord and it weighs in at 9oz. We recommend fabrics from 9-13oz for this pattern, so this is on the lighter end. This cord has no stretch but if you want to use a cord with stretch, I think that would work well too. You may want to size down if it is really stretchy. 

Corduroy Pants Pattern - Brooks Jeans - Helen's Closet Patterns
Corduroy Pants Pattern - Brooks Jeans - Helen's Closet Patterns

You want to be careful when cutting out your Brooks Jeans because corduroy has a nap. Be sure to cut all pieces with the nap going the same direction for best results! Corduroy also requires a little extra TLC while sewing so you don’t crush or burn the fabric. Use a lower heat on your iron and press on a needle board. If you don’t have a needle board, pressing on top of a towel helps. 

Corduroy Pants Pattern - Brooks Jeans - Helen's Closet Patterns

Other than a little extra caution, sewing a corduroy pair of Brooks is straightforward. No changes need to be made to the pattern. I think a matching topstitching thread looks best for cord, but you can go with a contrast thread for even more visual interest. I find this pair of Brooks Jeans to be my most comfortable pair! This fabric is so soft and cozy—it’s perfect for fall! 

Corduroy Pants Pattern - Brooks Jeans - Helen's Closet Patterns

We chose a fun floral print for the pocket bags and I love this little pop of colour!

Corduroy Pants Pattern - Brooks Jeans - Helen's Closet Patterns

I styled Brooks here with a short sleeved Cameron Button Up. It is made in Warp and Weft cotton and it is one of my favourite shirts. It is comfortable but has a bit of a preppy vibe. I love the texture on this fabric, too. Even Emma approves of this outfit!

Corduroy Pants Pattern - Brooks Jeans - Helen's Closet Patterns
Corduroy Pants Pattern - Brooks Jeans - Helen's Closet Patterns
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6 Comments on “Corduroy Brooks Jeans”

  1. Hi! You mentioned it could be done in a stretch corduroy, which is all my local store had so I bought that.
    Now I’m wondering if the top stitching will pop off and whether I need to attach the waist band differently?

    1. Hi Rachel.I do not think the topstitching will pop off. I would still recommend interfacing the waistband using woven fusible interfacing to stabilize it. You can also size down when using stretch cord.

  2. Hi! I was wondering which weight my corduroy should have ? I feel like over 550 gr/ml is very heavy, am I wrong ?
    Thank you very much!

  3. Hi Helen, I’ve got my pattern pieces all prepared and realized the stripes on my recycled denim Irun perpendicular to the selvedge edge. Is it safe to adjust the layout of the pattern pieces to be perpendicular to the selvedge? My hope is that the lines could be up and down, rather than side to side on my finished pants. Just want to make sure before I cut into this lovely recycled denim from BlackBird Fabrics. 🙂

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      This is a tough one! I personally think that cutting your non-stretch denim on the cross grain is OK and will work out just fine, but there are some articles online that advise against it. There are also some that say it can be a good thing! I think you have to go with your gut. I say if the pieces fit, cutting cross grain is fine.

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