There are many casual fabric options for outdoor clothing.
When planning a sewing project, check out the pattern's recommended textiles. See if it needs to be stretchy, if it should be knitted, woven or some other type of material. With this data recorded, here are some additional qualities to consider when choosing fabrics for outdoor clothing.
Fabric with built-in UV protection! Also keep in mind that light colored fabrics will reflect the sun's rays.
Mosquitoes have a hard time biting through tightly woven fabrics. Consider avoiding dark fabrics, including black, navy, and red; dark colors make it easier for mosquitoes to spot you. Ticks also don't like dark colors very much.
Waterproof fabrics are chemically treated or manufactured in a hydrophobic manner. Waterproof fabrics cannot be penetrated by water to a certain extent. Waterproof fabric is impermeable. Water repellents are great when it comes to keeping them dry. Water resistance is better; waterproof is best. You may see fabric labeled "DWR". That means durable water repellent.
Windproof fabric is a barrier between wind and skin. The windproof fabric won't let any wind through it. A windbreaker keeps the hot air around your body inside your clothing.
Most moisture-wicking fabrics are synthetic materials that are hydrophobic (wool also has moisture-wicking properties). The wicking fabric absorbs moisture (usually sweat) from the inside of the garment and uses capillary action to pull it outside. The moisture-wicking fabric also dries quickly so liquids don't seep in. The result is a drier body that can better regulate body temperature.
Depending on how much time you spend outdoors, wear resistance may appeal to you. Consider that the fabric can snag, tear, pill and fray. Outdoor fabrics occasionally carry denier (abbreviated to lowercase "d"). Denier measures the thickness of the individual fibers that make up a fabric thread. The higher the denier, the heavier the fabric.
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