04 December, 2010
Why buy poly? Thanks, Mom!
Ummmm... why on earth would I want to wear polyester in +44°C?! Well, for starters, it'll be +44 only some of the time. Better reasons, though, are that:
Poly georgette - the lightweight stuff - breathes. I always check my fabrics for breathability - I call it the Lauren Bacall method:
Bogie and Bacall, what a great couple. But yeah, I simply put the fabric up to my lips and blow. If it doesn't offer any resistance - and these polys of mine certainly don't - I know I'll have a cover-up that'll let the breezes blow in and out and cool me down.
It's indestructible no matter how hot the wash water, or how often you wash it. I've heard people complain that poly stinks. But not in my experience: not if you toss it in the wash after each wearing? Nor if it's loose enough not to cling?
It's colourfast. I admit I'm a teeny bit concerned that my linen and cotton tops will turn dingy and drab after a few cycles in the wash, and I'll be left with - gasp! - a suitcase full of nothing to wear!!! Heheh, here's where the polys will hold their own!
It never wrinkles. So the gal who lives out of a box can occasionally aspire to look like a lovely Rapunzel rather than hideous Rumpled-Stiltskin.
When I was expecting my youngest, my Mom Who Sews made me a three piece outfit out of a poly like that. It consisted of a tank top, a button-down collared shirt, and a wrap skirt that, with velcro and side ties, was able to grow and then shrink right along with me. That was over a decade ago, and I have literally worn that outfit - usually as separates - to death every summer since. To death, yes, except it refuses to die. In fact, it looks as brand new today as it did the day I received it. And, because of its very simple design, it remains chic and timeless. The way it resists all wear and tear, it'll take a nuclear blast to destroy it.
This latest top is a little different than the last: the side seams are curved, and there's no bottom band. Instead, I used two remnants from this and a slightly different pattern in the same colourway to make a two-sided ascot.
Oh, and am I taking Mom's gift with me on my upcoming junket? You bet I am.