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Fabric suggestions for new work wardrobe
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Date: 7/11/13 11:51 PM

I am a "woman of a certain age," and need to dress for frequent hot flashes, as well as being generally warmer than anyone else in the room. Most of my current wardrobe is linen, cotton and tee shirts -- great temperature-wise, but too wrinkly and casual for my new job. The new environment is quite corporate. I am excited about sewing a new business wardrobe, but I don't want to bake in head-to-toe polyester. What fabrics are breathable, but stay crisp-looking all day?

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Date: 7/12/13 8:31 AM

There's nothing quite like that warm stage of life is there?? I found Bengaline to be good, both in trousers and 3/4 sleeved work shirts.
Something like Vogue 8496, Burda 7842 or Butterick 5047.

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Date: 7/12/13 8:34 AM

Tropical weight wool is what a lot of men's suits are made of. Very thin and breathable.

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Date: 7/12/13 8:38 AM

i saw a webcast from silhouette patterns featureing peggy sagers. she had some nice silk that looked like linen (too bad she doesn't have it for sale now) and she mentioned that it looked like linen but did not wrinkle like linen and is very wearable in offices.

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Date: 7/12/13 9:04 AM

I'm not "of a certain age" yetbut I sweat - a lot. I absolutely love two tops I made from rayon challis. They are light and breathable and resist wrinkling.

Congrats on the new job!!

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Date: 7/12/13 11:06 AM

I second the tropical weight wool suggestion.

You should sign up with Michael's Fabrics mailing list (they are in Baltimore). They have some fabulous sales on high end wools and other luxury fabrics a couple of times a year. Their bundle offers cannot be beat (Zegna wools @ $5-7/yd in the past). They often have lighter weight silk/wool suitings that might be up your alley. NAYY, I just love their customer service and fabric. It's a mom and pop operation and they are willing to bend over backwards for their clients.

Hard finish worsted wool gabardine is also less prone to wrinkling. At the same time, it can be tricky to press.

Have a great time sewing a new wardrobe!

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Date: 7/12/13 11:58 AM

Have been there so my best advice to you - stay with natural fibers as much as you can.

Dressing corporate and staying cool while your body goes on a tropical - very tropical - holiday is (I was going to say tough) but the real answer is "Hell"

My Doctor did prescribe HRT which is so not in vogue now but it helped me on many levels.

Anyhow a chat with your Doctor may help.

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Date: 7/12/13 7:40 PM

Quote: MrsCharisma
I absolutely love two tops I made from rayon challis. They are light and breathable and resist wrinkling.

I love rayon challis and have quite a bit in my stash -- but what I have loves to wrinkle. Is your challis heavier than usual for challis?
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Date: 7/12/13 7:42 PM

Thanks all for the suggestions. I will look into tropical wool, bengaline and Peggy Sagers' silk.

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Date: 7/13/13 8:53 AM

I'm a fan of hemp fabric. It wicks away moisture and humidity and breathes. If I could afford it, I'd make my entire wardrobe from it. I buy mine from Hemp Traders.

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