Poplin Offers Seamstresses Versatility.
Poplin fabric is defined by its construction. It is commonly used in clothing, upholstery, quilting and crafting projects. Its advantages are numerous – it has a subtle sheen coating, is soft to the touch and with a glazed finish. Poplin comes in various weights – from thin lightweight fabric to heavyweight fabric and can be made using silk, wool, cotton, rayon and synthetic blends.
It’s made from a sturdy, fine thread warp (originally silk) and a heavier weft (originally wool). Overall, poplin’s magnificence is its design of two thicknesses of the thread. Due to the differences in the products used in its manufacture the fabric has a corded structure. The weft runs from right to left in the fabric or from selvage to selvage.
While a person might have to use a magnifying glass to see the variations in the weave, the construction of this fabric can be felt by hand. The “hand” of a material is important to the feel of the finished clothing. For example, a blouse should be made of soft fabric, whereas, drapery would require a heavier, less soft material.
One of the most popular poplin fabrics is cotton. Like all cotton products, poplin cloth requires ironing, but due to its weave, it irons well and resists wrinkles. Cotton poplin is breathable and suitable for wearing all year round.
The fabric that is designed for sewing lightweight clothing is made of cotton and spandex. For example, shirting poplin is usually 95-98 percent cotton and 5-3 percent spandex. This material offers a bit of stretchiness making the finished project comfortable. Clothing made from this fabric are worn well.
Silk poplin is a luxury material used for fancier clothing. Its characteristically crisp, smooth feel is suitable for both day and nighttime styles.
Woolen poplin is made for heavier pieces of clothing like suits. However, there are lighter-weight wools that can be used for spring suiting; tropical-weight wool. It can either keep the wearer cool in the spring or warm through the winter.
Polyester poplin is often used for the production of medical and professional uniforms. They are stain and wrinkle resistant, can take a lot of abuse and have a nice drape.
Various craft items are available in poplin, including brightly colored fabrics in solids and prints for creating gorgeous quilts and accessories like purses, tote bags, pillows and more. For a more personalized project, 8.5 x 11 inches poplin sheets are available for creating photo fabrics using an inkjet printer.
Poplin is found in abundance throughout any fabric store and online. In the United States, poplin’s popularity began when it was introduced in the 1920s as an import from Britain.
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