What is Poplin Fabric?
Poplin is a fabric with a sleek look, great for making dresses.
Poplin has to be one of the most versatile fabrics, pairing a soft consistency with a durable, resistant fibre.
But what is poplin fabric?
We also call Poplin fabric 'tabbinet'. We make this plain-weave fabric out of cotton with very fine horizontal “ribs,” or yarns.
These yarns have a tight weave that allows the fabric to be strong and silky at the same time. No wonder we find poplin fabric literally everywhere!
If you are wondering what to use poplin fabric for, read on. You’ll see it basically in all forms, shapes and sizes, from classic shirts and dresses to sportswear and even lining for home decor, bedding and raincoats.
Poplin fabric features a canvas weave that gives it a light, very fine ribbed texture with a soft drape. At the same time, because of poplin’s weave, it is incredibly durable. So you can use it to make tops, trousers or lightweight coats. This natural cotton material is your first choice to work with, as it’s a soft sewing fabric that performs impeccably in whatever design you’re going for.
When was it first introduced? Back in the 15th Century, we used poplin for winter attire. In those days, we made poplin out of silk and wool. The word “poplin” has a French origin: it derives from “papelino,” an obsolete fabric with a similar weave.
Since then, the fabric has grown in popularity. Manufacturers replaced silk and wool with pure cotton. Now it’s a staple of daywear and elegant outfits - you can’t go wrong with poplin.
Nowadays, we make high-quality poplin fabric from 100% natural cotton.
The perks of cotton are its durability and resistance while being soft at touch. Cotton is a fresh fabric that is great for summer outfits and in winter when layered with wool.
If you wonder what the characteristics of poplin fabric are, then it has to be its distinctive smooth texture and tightly closed weave.
Poplin fabric is a plain weave fabric. This means we weave it in a simple over-under pattern (contrary to the complex texture weaves used to fabrics such as satin and twill). This gives the fabric the versatility and flowy texture that are signature to it.
Thanks to this tight weave, poplin has a subtle sheen, is lightweight but sturdy, doesn’t wrinkle nor stain easily (it’s water-resistant too!), and it’s very easy to print on it.
What do we use poplin for?
We have always used poplin for all occasions or purposes. It combines durability and a sleek look, so it comes as no surprise it became the number one choice for women’s dresses.
Poplin fabric has a nice drape, and since it’s 100% natural, it’s cool to wear. These properties have helped make poplin a comfortable but stylish fabric for all manner of clothing, from shirts and skirts to trousers and jackets. It’s an inexpensive fabric but highly performative. It’s subtly shiny, which adds an elegant appearance without looking too dramatic or overly formal.
Printing on poplin fabric
This fabric is a dream to print on. Its texture is so smooth it won’t cause any problems during the printing process, making it effortless and satisfying. It can also hold its shape quite well, is wrinkle-resistant, and your print of will be neat.
Whether you are a high fashion pro looking for your next signature look, you’re looking for your dream fabric for a made to measure dress or want to renovate your interiors; poplin fabric is an all-rounder. It’s an unproblematic, soft and elegant choice to explore your creativity together with impeccable high performance.