Favorite Fabric? Are you kidding? Is it fabric? It’s my favorite.
There’s silk taffeta, and the occasional silk satin, for bonnets.
And linen for shifts and linings.
But my all-time favorite fabrics are Indian block print cottons. I have multiple yards in storage, and multiple yards in the accessible Strategic Fabric Reserve. I try not to look at them in the online shops, for I cannot afford to be tempted.
My favorite three gowns are made of Indian block print cotton:
There’s an early red, white, and black calico based on a Philadelphia runaway ad, too, and though I’ve not had it on in a while, it may be due for a renaissance.
Oh, and while it requires some shoulder strap adjustments, there’s the brown Indian print I wear as a unsatisfactory Philadelphia servant and Boston sight-seer…and the red print I wore for a 1790 Providence housekeeper.