Corduroy is the quintessential cool-weather fabric and comes in a variety of weights and colors. It can be used for jackets, skirts, upholstery and more. The width of the cord is commonly referred to as the size of the “wale,” or number of cords per inch. The lower the wale number, the thicker the width of the wale (i.e. 4-wale is much thicker than 11-wale). Shop hundreds of fabrics in different weights and colors.