Corduroy fabric has a destinctive ridged appearance and a soft velvety pile or nap. Baby cord or needlecord has much finer ridges, whereas chunky corduroy has much thicker and more defined ridges. The number of ridges per inch is defined as the ‘wale’. The higher the number the finer the ridges.
It is available in solid colours and printed patterns. When sewing with corduroy you should pay attention to the direction of the pile/nap to make sure that it is running the same way for all pattern pieces.
Corduroy is suitable for a wide range of sewing and dressmaking projects.