Derived from the French word, papeline, poplin is a cotton fabric that is especially durable. It allows skin to breathe, which makes it very comfortable to wear, and for that reason, it has become a very definite go-to material when it comes to making men’s clothing. The material originates from Avignon in France, dating from the 15th century.
Poplin, also called tabinet, is often used as part of the preparation of other fabrics such as silk and cotton, and originally it was made from a worsted yarn blended with silk. Today, its durability makes it perfect for large banners, the sort of which are hung at museums or trade shows, coupled with its fire resistance. It’s a plain weave fabric, tightly woven, similar to broadcloth which was traditionally made from wool rather than cotton.
It does not crease easily, so it’s perfect for trousers or shirts that see a lot of wear. It’s stain and water resistant, and easy-iron, too! Above all when considering it for clothing, it’s lightweight, but it is also smooth, which feels good both to touch and against the skin. It has a flat finish but a silky feeling to the surface.
Poplin takes very well to dyes, bleach or print, so it is perfect for those wanting to give a bit of personality or uniqueness to a piece of clothing or furnishings. Poplin is as great a choice for sportswear as it is for upholstery, uniforms or tablecloths. It really is a very versatile fabric in that sense, although because it is so lightweight, it is not so well suited to winter clothing.
See Sew Guide for more information on how to look after your poplin material and get the most out of it.
If you fancy making something for yourself or a family member ready for summer, there is so much to choose from! Whatever colour you want, a specialist fabric retailer, like Higgs & Higgs http://www.higgsandhiggs.com/fabrics/cotton-poplin-fabric-112cm.html will have something to suit. It might be a pretty floral cotton poplin fabric, or a bold, solid colour.
Poplin cotton is machine washable up to 60 degrees, and can be tumble dried on a low heat. Ironing should be done on a medium heat, and poplin can be dry cleaned, too, if you prefer.