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Karenann
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Date: 12/28/11 4:14 PM


I just read an article about those pesky hot flashes/night sweats and it said the worst thing to wear at night would be 100% cotton. And that wicking pajamas would keep me cool and dry at night. So I checked out "wicking pjs" online and find a few places that sell them for $50-$60 (and up)

Does anyone know of a source for wicking fabric for pjs? It seems like the athletic type wicking fabrics would be too heavy. Has anyone tried this for nightwear? Or would any polyester fabric work?

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Date: 12/28/11 5:55 PM

I have made lightweight pajamas and tees of Malden Mills' Powerdry, using their 'Mesh', Popcorn Knit Bi-Color, and the 'silkweight' (which is incredibly light, and feels like the finest cotton jersey).

These are all nice fabrics. I have bought them from The Rain Shed.

If you order their Wicking Swatch Set for a dollar, your fingers will help you make your decision about weight, texture, and so on.

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Date: 12/28/11 6:00 PM

Wicking fabrics come in all weights -- there are some light weight ones used in athletic apparel as well as the heavier ones you are probably familiar with.

Take a look at Peak Fabrics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Great customer service and great selection of fabrics. She will send out samples (there might be a small charge for the samples).

I use all weights of wicking fabrics in my production of athletic performance apparel.

I have also used some lightweight wicking fabrics for PJ tops (aka camis) and they are great for when the internal furnace cuts in. I just need to find the time to make myself some PJ pants out of the same fabric.

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Date: 12/28/11 6:25 PM

I bought some at Fabric.com, although there was differences in quality, even in some with the same names, in different colours. Some were beautiful, others not so much.
Oh, Wazoodle used to have lots of ProCool fabrics. Some people have had problems ordering from them, but I never have had.
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Date: 12/28/11 7:26 PM

Rockywoods.com carries UnderArmor Heatgear fabric.

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Date: 12/28/11 7:32 PM

One more "thumbs up" here. When I was in the deep of menopause I only wore Coolmax nightgowns and they were wonderful.

Regarding polyester, unless it's made as a wicking fabric, I'd stay away from it.

Good luck.

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Date: 12/28/11 8:39 PM

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Date: 12/28/11 9:09 PM

It is hard to beat silk for comfort. I don't get full sweats, just too hot now and then, so I get away with regular cotton/poly jersey type nightgowns for now. PJ's will be warmer no matter what they are made of, I guess.

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Date: 12/28/11 9:26 PM

I bought a fabric labeled "soft knit" at my local mill end fabrics. It has a square mesh pattern on the back. It is worth it's weight in gold! During perimenopause I had to give up my cotton. Anytime I even think about trying to go back to cotton or flannel I feel clammy within 1-2 hours.

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Date: 12/29/11 11:06 AM

Thank you all so much! I was stumped about this but thanks to your replies I have a lot of options now,and I will check them all out.

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