Soft, warm and fuzzy. All of the feelings that you get when you cuddle with your dog, pet your cat or rub your hand over corduroy clothing!
Whether you are an animal lover, a fashion/style lover, or both, everything feels so much better and more satisfying when the feelings are cozy and comfortable. And, the fuzzy material that is corduroy is both cozy and comfortable!
Corduroy is a textile composed of twisted fibers that, when woven, lie parallel to one another to form the cloth’s distinct pattern, which is a “cord.” Corduroy is basically a ridged form of velvet. Hence, the smooth, soft and subtle, unique pattern that is known right away to the eye.
Corduroy fabric looks as if it is made from multiple cords laid parallel to each other and then stitched together. As a fabric, corduroy is considered a durable cloth, and can be found in the clothing forms of pants, skirts, jackets, shoes, etc.
Corduroy jackets and corduroy pants are common and cute!
Corduroy Fun Fact: The interpretation of the word as corde du roi (from French, the cord of the King) is a folk etymology.
Corduroy is made by weaving extra sets of fiber into the base fabric to form vertical ridges called wales. The wales are built so that clear, distinct lines can be seen when they are cut into pile. It is the width of the cord that is commonly referred to as the wale (number of ridges per inch). As you know, some corduroy clothing has wide wales, and some have fine wales, which almost appears more like velvet.
Corduroy Fun Fact: Corduroy’s wale count can vary per inch from 1.5 to 21. The traditional standard falls between 10 and 12. The lower the wale number, the thicker the width of the wale (or cord)!
Corduroy material is cool!
Corduroy Tip: Since corduroy is similar to velvet, yet not as fancy, if you want to feel somewhat fuzzy and fearless with your clothes, but not too dressy, the corduroy fabric is a great choice to go with!
Other names used for corduroy are corded velveteen, elephant cord, pin cord, Manchester cloth and cords.
Do you want to have some fun fashion for your feet? Then why not invest in a pair of rocking, playful, fierce corduroy footwear!
Fabulous, fantastic foot decor!
The primary types of corduroy are:
- Standard Wale: 11 wales/inch
- Pincord/Pinwale/Needlecord: Pincord is the finest cord with a count at the upper end of the spectrum (above 16)
- Pigment Dyed/Printed Corduroy: The process of coloring or printing corduroy with pigment dyes.
Corduroy clothing shimmies and shines in all colors!
Do you want to look stylish yet sassy, chic yet casual, and beautiful yet brassy? Go corduroy!
Corduroy Fun Fact: In continental Europe, corduroy is commonly known simply as “Manchester” or “Cord.”
When coloring corduroy with pigment dyes to fabulous color splendor, the dye is applied to the surface of the fabric, then the garment is cut and sewn. When the fabric is washed during the final phase of the manufacturing process, the pigment dye washes out in an irregular way, creating a vintage look.
Vintage, velvet smooth! Merely marvelous!
Fuzzy fashion in corduroy.
Feisty yet fabulous!
Don’t be coy: walk boldly draped in charming corduroy!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two Natalie North mystery novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of investigatory work along with her lifelong passion for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.