I'm making a costume with an all-over head. As I'll be wearing this costume for a good 6 - 8 hours, with only one or two opportunities to take it off for a break, I'm using mesh and minimal foam as a base for easy breathability (if that's a word lol) but I'm wondering about the fabric to use on top. I'd rather not use cotton, as it doesn't create the soft, short-furred look I'm going for; like the shortness of staffordshire bull terrier fur.
I was thinking fleece, or possibly velvet or velour, but I don't know how well such fabrics breathe. Any suggestions - or recommendations for substitutions of these fabrics - are gratefully received