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Unread 12-29-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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A fabric that LOOKS like corduroy?

For some odd reason, there are fabrics I cannot stand to touch. Velvet, corduroy, and velour make my skin crawl. I am literally shuddering and cringing right now thinking about it. I just can't touch them. So, go figure, my future cosplay project, one Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End, has a lovely corduroy jacket.

Can anyone think of a fabric that will look enough like corduroy that I can touch without spasming, or am I just doomed to be a twitchy shuddery hobbit?

Riggs, I'm too old for this shit.
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Unread 12-29-2012, 10:38 PM   #2
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Nothing else will have the same dimension and texture. Asking for that texture without actually having that texture is like asking for a black fabric that's not black.

You'll have to bite the bullet either way. Either use corduroy and deal with not liking the texture, or use something else in the right color that you can tolerate touching and deal with it being inaccurate. You could use a tight brown pinstripe to simulate the ribbed look, but it won't fool anyone into thinking it's corduroy because it's flat and does not have the pile.
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Unread 12-31-2012, 08:36 AM   #3
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I can understand - maybe try getting a half yard and see if you can soak it in fabric softener or something to deal with the texture. (Cotton balls, steel wool, etc all give me the shudders so I get where you're coming from).

If it were me - I'd get something the same color but get a brocade. It will still have texture but hopefully one that doesn't make you crazy. I think if you get the rest of the costume elements - hair, ears, layered clothing, accessories, etc - it will look like Bilbo Baggins. I don't think the accuracy of the fabric will negatively affect you here.
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