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Fabric for Hot/Humid Climates

ginam | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I am planning a trip to rural Mexico.  it will be very hot and humid.  Any ideas for fabrics that won’t need ironing and will help keep me cool?



  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    I'd go for crinkled cotton gauze layers and a great BIG hat!!!  And a shawl for evenings.

  2. woodruff | | #2

    It depends a lot on where you'll be staying, for how long, and what kind of laundry facilities you'll have. If things have to get washed out in a sink and hung on a line, only very lightweight silks or synthetics like silkweight Coolmax or Powerdry will dry overnight. In a humid climate, cotton will take DAYS to dry. I've spent a lot of time in humid parts of France in the summer, and from bitter experience, I can say that a cotton tee will mold before it will dry!I have found that polyester georgette, which has a pebbly texture, and is very lightweight, almost sheer, makes wonderfully cool blouses, if you choose a loose fit. Probably the stuff would also make great skirts. Believe it or not, Joann's fairly often has pretty nice choices in this fabric.On the other hand, if you have a laundry service as well as several changes of clothes, then lightweight, crinkled cotton would be very comfortable, and wouldn't wrinkle too noticeably.

    1. paulette | | #3

      I live in So. Florida and what I've gotten to like is seersucker. When it comes into Joann's( the only fabric store near me) I stock up.So far I've made a shift dress, blouses and skirts that match and I'm going to try to make some culottes soon. Need to draft something first because I can't seem to find a pattern. I used to wear them awhile back and they were quite versatile. I'm particularly fond of some seersucker with strech that I found in Hancock's....worked up very well. If anyone has an online source I'd appreciate it.

      I'm going to look into the poly georgette...perhaps the crinkle gauze would work well also. Never worked with that however. 

  3. Teaf5 | | #4

    Even in very rural Mexico, laundry services are widespread, quick, and cheap; they take clothes seriously and will return a pure cotton shirt without a single tiny wrinkle in less time than it takes to eat your comida. I lived in loose, well-washed cottons and got spoiled by the laundry service in a very short time!

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