What is the point of a cotton jacket or suit? - Page 3
Now that I've made a few unstructured (no canvas) cotton seersucker suits for myself, I can attest that they are very light and can be machine washed. The natural stiffness of cotton (and linen) lends allows them to be made unstructured, while it drapes almost no differently from a canvassed jacket. An unstructured wool jacket, on the other hand, is quite floppy and definitely doesn't drape as well as a canvassed wool jacket.
Not having a canvas makes a much bigger difference in the coolness of the jacket than any other change you can make to your jacket. I estimate:
going from full lining to half lining makes your jacket feel 2 degrees F cooler
going from a four season 280 g fabric to a summer weight 240 g fabric: 3 degrees F cooler
going from canvassed to unstructured: 5 degrees F cooler
Not having a canvas also allows them to be machine-washed, while I would be a little afraid of washing wool, even if unstructured.
In conclusion, I reverse my previous position, with a caveat: cotton jackets are fantastic, if they are made unstructured: they're cool and can be washed. A canvassed cotton jacket, though, is the worst of both worlds: they're hot and can't be washed. A fused cotton jacket would be even worse.
I congratulate Mr Wang to his revision of prejudice. Who wants linen creases? I'm not able yet to buy Mr Wang's seersucker jacket, and based on the photograph of the model wearing it on Mr Wang's website, fear the jacket length is too short up front. I intend to buy a 215g Brisbane Moss cotton unstructured jacket because I intend to wash it, my reason for washing is to avoid expensive dry cleaning and keep it free from any odor caused by the sweat of disco dance. I shall buy one size larger because of intended shrinkage.