Summer Fabric


Summer Fabric: Keep You Cool

Temperatures are definitely rising here in Delhi, and we can’t stand the heat. we really can’t! Unfortunately we can’t be at the beach and in my swimwear 24 hours a day, so we try to find the most lightweight and airy Summer Fabrics for our summer outfits.

Cool Fabrics for Summer

Are you ready? The heat is coming! we think it’s about time we shared the Finest Summer Fabrics with you. Believe us, the Finest Summer Fabrics can make all the difference in the world!

As one of the most common natural fiber fabrics out there, cotton will help you stay cool and chic this summer. The Banded Pocket Tank from Anthropologie is perfect for a hot sunny day. 

Choose a Light Weight Summer Fabrics

  • Linen

  • Cotton

  • Rayon

  • Silk Summer Fabrics

to add to your wardrobe this summer. They will definitely keep you cool!


Rayon is a man-made fabric, but it is light and comfy. we can already see a mama-to-be wearing this Maternity Printed Crepe Tube Summer Dress from Old Navy (this crepe is made of rayon).

Natural Summer Fabric: 

  • Fiber with Silk.

Also considered a luxury Summer Fabric/Material, this Finest Summer Fabric is so amazingly Soft and Cool to the touch. This Ann Taylor Petite Silk Cami is perfect for summer!

Georgette Summer Fabric:

Georgette Summer Fabric, similar to Chiffon Fabric, is a another sheer and airy Fabric/Material (Summer Fabrics) you're going to love on those hot days. This Gathered Georgette Dress from Forever 21 would be perfect for your next garden party. 

TART Maxi Summer Fabric:

Another one of my favorite Summer Fabrics Maxi Fabric is a blended, lightweight, and stretchy Summer Fabric/Material. It's like it was made for Summer Dresses such as this sexy coral TART Maxi Summer Dress! 

Okay...truth is, seersucker is a type of Cotton Fabric, but we just love the woven pattern. These Calvin Klein's Striped Seersucker City Shorts are a perfect match for your summer outfits.

Which fabrics are good for a light and cool feeling in summer seasons apart from Cotton?

  • Daily life in tropical areas can be intolerable for visitors who are wearing less than ideal clothing. Fabrics for tropical climates have a number of properties which make them highly suitable to wear and use in regions which get warm and humid. In addition to seeking out better Summer Fabric choices, it is best to try garments on for fit and comfort, as clothing that is tight or fits oddly can be maddening in hot weather. It may be easier to purchase tropics-friendly clothing locally, and it might be a good idea to check what local people are wearing. 

  • When you go shopping, you might want to be on the lookout for fabrics that will not only keep you cool, but provide comfort as well. I’m a big fan of the bohemian look, so I might just wear jersey maxi dresses and skirts all summer long. That’s my idea of being chill and comfy chic!


Keeping Cool 

High temperatures combined with high humidity can make life uncomfortable, especially for people not used to these conditions. Humans keep cool mainly by sweating: the evaporation of liquid takes heat away from the body. Sweat evaporates less quickly when humidity is high, and so has less of a cooling effect. For this reason, fabrics for tropical climates should maximize the flow of air through the clothing, allowing heat and moist air to escape. It also helps if clothing is loose fitting. 

Fabric Choices 

Some fabrics tend to trap heat by providing an insulating layer over the skin. Others tend to reflect heat back to the body and inhibit the outward flow of warm, moist air; this is often true of Synthetic Summer Fibers, such as polyester. Another important factor is the ability of a material to absorb water.

Synthetic Summer Fibers tend to be water-repellent;

  • They allow Sweat to build up,

  • Reducing Evaporation,

  • Causing Discomfort and Irritation.

Natural Summer Fibers are generally better at

  • Soaking up Moisture from the skin and allowing it to evaporate from the outer surface. 

As a general rule, the best fabrics for tropical climates are those made from natural materials such as

  • Cotton,

  • Linen

  • Rayon.

Strictly speaking, Rayon is a semi-synthetic fiber, but it is made from natural raw materials and resembles natural Summer Fibers in its properties. These materials tend to “breathe” more than synthetics such as polyester. Wool and silk are not good choices, as they tend to retain heat, and silk can lose some of its strength through exposure to strong sunlight and perspiration. 


Cotton is an excellent material for (Summer) a tropical climate because:-

  • It permits movement of Air from the Skin through the Fabric 

  • Allowing Heat to Dissipate and Reducing Humidity 

  • Absorbs Moisture well, keeping the Skin Dry and increasing Evaporation.

This tendency to soak up water could potentially also be a problem: it can become damp and stay damp for some time. Anyone who has worn denim cotton jeans in wet weather will know that they absorb a lot of water and take a long time to dry out. These, however, are made of relatively coarse, thick material; cotton clothing for hot, humid parts of the world should be made of thinner, lighter fabric. 

Another useful property of cotton is that it can be machine washed and dried. As sweat accumulates in a hot climate, the ability to wash clothing quickly and easily is a definite advantage. Cotton is also easily ironed and reasonably durable. 



Like Cotton, Linen is cool and absorbent, and very Comfortable to wear. It loses water quickly when it gets wet or damp, which is a useful feature in humid conditions. The Fabric/Material is relatively stain-resistant and can be machine-washed; however, it tends to become wrinkled and creased easily, especially when tumble-dried, and ironing it can be hard work. It is also susceptible to mildew, which can be a problem in areas with high humidity. 


This Summer Fabric is made from natural cellulose, which is subjected to various chemical treatments to create a fibrous material suitable for clothing. Like Cotton and Linen, it is cool and comfortable to wear: it does not trap body heat, and absorbs water easily, making it well suited to tropical conditions. Normal Rayon, however, has limited durability, and should be dry-cleaned rather than washed. Another form of this Summer Fabric, called high-wet modulus (HWM) Rayon, is much stronger and can be machine-washed. 

Other Things to Consider:

Generally, light colored Summre Fabrics are better for a tropical climate, because they reflect light and heat. White, beige, and pastels are common choices, and they can be embroidered with thread to create colorful designs. Tropics-themed textiles do not have to be dull white or shockingly patterned; options are varied when it comes to decoration. 

Clothing for tropical climates should also be loose and comfortable. Many cultures have traditions of flowing garments which allow air circulation close to the body. In addition to being cooling, this also helps to keep the body dry, preventing irritation, rashes and skin infections. People who are overweight may also want to consider the use of a cream or powder on areas of the skin which are subject to chafing, to prevent painful sores at the end of a day of activity


Keep Your Cool: The Best Fabrics for Summer

Summer can be tough for the sewer: You have to make do without about half the range of fabrics available. Because past a certain temperature, wool and polyester are not a possibility anymore. Choosing the fabric for your next sewing project becomes not only about fashion but about functionality as well. When wool, blends and tightly-woven jersey become unbearable to wear in the the summer heat, what kind of fabric should you turn to?

Here are the best fabrics to use for your handmade wardrobe during the hot weather season.

Note: Pay attention to weight and breathability
Here are the main qualities you have to look for when choosing summer fabrics:

  • Lightweight

  • Breathable 

  • Airy and Light

Hold the fabric in your hands, touch it: If it’s airy and light, it will be so much more comfortable to wear. Anything too heavy will likely make you sweat and uncomfortable in the heat. And something even more important than weight is to look for a fabric that will breathe! For this, find Summer Fabrics made of natural fibers such as linen, cotton or even rayon (it’s semi-synthetic but it’s made from natural materials and breathes well). Loose weaves and fine threads will make for a more breathable garment, one that will not retain moisture and air but instead keep you cool.

Keep also in mind that color has an important role in keeping cool. Light colors reflect light and heat. And, loose shapes keep the air circulating around your body better than tight clothes. Accordingly, look for patterns with some ease, long and airy dresses, loose trousers, A-line silhouettes…

Now, without further adieu, here are the best fabrics for summer!



Linen is the summer fabric:

  • Light 

  • Comfortable

  • Breathable 

with some texture to make it interesting to the touch. It also dries very fast when wet or damp. The only cons is its tendency to wrinkle and crease. Some linens are now woven tightly enough so that the wrinkling is more controlled and barely noticeable.



  • Cotton Absorbs Moisture very well

  • Affordable and very Comfortable to Wear

  • Keeping the Skin Cool

  • Durable and can be Machine-washed without any problem.

While linen is King, cotton is Mr. Popularity. I would guess this is the fabric you use the most for your summer projects (or maybe for all your projects!). I know I do. Cotton is available in so many different weights. Plus, it’s affordable and very comfortable to wear.

Poplin, voile, eyelet, swiss dotted, madras, etc… They would all make for perfect hot weather Fabric. Cotton also absorbs moisture very well and dries almost as fast as linen, keeping the skin cool. It’s more durable and can be machine-washed without any problem.



  • Cool and Comfortable

  • Made from Natural Cellulose

  • Absorbs Humidity

Rayon is made from natural cellulose, which is chemically processed to produce fibers. But just as linen and cotton, it’s cool and comfortable. It absorbs humidity, making it a great fabric for summer. The only cons is that it’s not as durable, and thus should be dry-cleaned instead of washed.



  • It’s a natural fiber but like Wool

  • tends to retain heat and moisture

  • Light and great to wear Summer Fabric

What about silk? It’s a natural fiber but like wool, it tends to retain heat and moisture. It’s also more like to get perspiration and sun marks. But if you find some loosely woven silk, it will make for a very light and great to wear Summer Fabric, albeit a fragile one.