Updated on July 24, 2022 by Sarina

poplin Poplin is a soft smooth long-lasting fabric that is characterized by a plain weave. Poplin refers to the tightly woven weave of yarns that make up the fabric. The yarns are mostly cotton but can be silk or wool as well. It has fine, closely spaced, crosswise ribs. It is ever popular to make shirts and dresses

What is Poplin fabric?.

“Poplin is a fabric with a cord effect across the cloth, which may be combined with damask, twill, brocade, and other fancy weaves. Originally the fabric was woven with a fine silk warp and a worsted weft, the latter being so much heavier than the former as to produce the rep effect.” Modern Tailor Outfitter and Clothier 

Different types of poplin available are Cotton Poplin, silk poplin, polyester poplin, lycra stretch poplin. Cotton poplin is a cotton fabric in plain weave. It comes in different weights – from thin lightweight fabric to heavyweight fabric. Stretch poplin is soft smooth cotton combined with a bit of spandex to make this shirting weight comfortable.

Poplin is the most commonly used fabric in shirting. Because of its even weave, this fabric does not have excessive luster, or shininess, and hence very suitable for shirting. The soft and smooth texture of the poplin cloth makes it very comfortable. 

Poplin is considered to be very thin fabric . In fact on its own it maybe considered a little too thin and may need a lining if used for making dresses. As for shirts, poplin is great under a suit, especially during summer.It is suitable for both formal and casual dressing, though mostly suitable for casual shirts. 

It is a durable long-lasting fabric. The poplin fabric takes color very well and available in beautiful prints. It may be bleached, dyed or printed.

Because of its breathable quality, this fabric is used much to make sportswear. The breathable quality of this fabric also makes it very suitable to make summer clothes.

Another quality of heavier poplin is water resistance. This quality along with the durability factor makes it suitable for upholstery works, bedding, table clothes and other home decorations

Broadcloth and poplin are usually said in the same breath. Many people consider them the same .

The problem with thin poplin is that it will wrinkle badly. If you have a denser poplin the wrinkling is not so obvious.But ironing poplin fabric is a breeze. You can do it easily and the wrinkle will disappear like magic. Starching is not suitable for poplin so don’t even bother.

Nowadays manmade fabrics are blended with poplin to create better fabrics with combined qualities that rival individual fabric properties.  When poplin is mixed with polyester elements ( Polycotton poplin)  it makes the fabric wrinkle resistant  and colour fast. The drape of the fabric is also greatly increased

Sewing with poplin

Sewing poplin is easy. It has an even fabric surface. The longevity of poplin makes it a very popular fabric to sew workwear and uniforms..  Embroidering on poplin fabric works great because of its weave. Infact many poplin shirts are embellished with logos  /monograms embroidered on them .

If you are considering a very drapey fabric poplin maynot be the best bet. It is more crisp than drapey, because of its tight weave. It is best to sew fitted garments. But when compared to a cotton twill it drapes better. 

Cotton poplin is used extensively in quilting and crafting. They are also used for lining and even in making upholstery/ home decor

Washing and care of poplin

Poplin is low maintenance. It is machine washable. Usually, poplin garments are marked machine wash at 60 degrees, tumble dry, and warm steam iron – all normal settings manageable by yourself.

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