The cosplay I'm working on calls for faux-leather. I've bought myself some upholstery vinyl, but it's too thick and stiff for what I have in mind. I've been trying to figure out ways to remove the layer of polyester backing. So far I've taken a piece and managed to rub/peel it off with the help of sand paper, and the result was really nice, but it took too long for me to do that to the whole yard of fabric. Any ideas? Is there some kind of chemical out there that would break down the polyester but leave the faux-leather intact? Should I just take my electric sander to it and see what happens?
I'd really like to use the stuff I bought, not just because I already spent the money but because it's got the perfect color/pattern for what I need. However, you more experienced textile artists would probably be able to tell me where I COULD have found a just as perfect faux-leather more suited to apparel than upholstery.. So if you know a great online store, go ahead and link me so I know where to go in the future.