Black Poplin Handkerchief Hem Shirt Dress

McCall's 7351 | Black Poplin Handkerchief Hem Shirt Dress -- Erica Bunker DIY Style!

Is cotton poplin not the greatest fabric to work with? Of course it is. We’ve been getting a few warm days as spring slowly approaches, and this is the perfect fabric for warm weather day dresses.

McCall's 7351 | Black Poplin Handkerchief Hem Shirt Dress -- Erica Bunker DIY Style!

When I think of something easy to wear that packs a power punch on style and simplicity, shirt dresses are one of my favorite styles. I’ve made quite a few over the years, so I wanted something this time that put a different spin on the classic dress. That’s why I picked McCall’s 7351.

McCall's 7351 | Black Poplin Handkerchief Hem Shirt Dress -- Erica Bunker DIY Style!

My fabric is Jet Black Stretch Cotton Poplin from Mood Fabrics.com. I prewashed my fabric and pulled it straight from the dryer and smoothed it out with the iron prior to cutting. The fabric cuts, sews and presses beautifully.

McCall's 7351 | Black Poplin Handkerchief Hem Shirt Dress -- Erica Bunker DIY Style!

And it drapes amazingly.

McCall's 7351 | Black Poplin Handkerchief Hem Shirt Dress -- Erica Bunker DIY Style!

The fabric has the perfect amount of give allowing for a comfortable fit, especially across the bust.

McCall's 7351 | Black Poplin Handkerchief Hem Shirt Dress -- Erica Bunker DIY Style!

Since my fabric is lightweight, I needed a comparable interfacing. I used Black Weft Fusible Interfacing. It is the perfect weight for the front bands and the collar.

McCall's 7351 | Black Poplin Handkerchief Hem Shirt Dress -- Erica Bunker DIY Style!

And I was really pleased with the minimal wrinkling from sitting. And as with any fabric cut on the bias, I allowed this dress to hang for 24 hours before hemming.

 

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Comments


  • Terry
    March 5, 2018

    What pattern did you use?

  • Marjorie Mautino
    March 8, 2018

    You look gorgeous & what an awesome shirtdress pattern!

  • Karen
    March 13, 2018

    Classic and stylish just as I’ve come to expect from you, Erica!

  • Becky
    April 1, 2018

    LOVE IT!