Summer Time Dress in Lime Cotton Poplin

 

Light weight cotton poplin is a great fabric for summer clothing.  In July, Chi-town is super hot and sticky. So it’s best to dress in something easy breezy and made of a breathable fiber. In my hunt to find great summer wearable fabrics, I found a slew of them at the Mood online fabric store.  There are at least ten yummy poplin type textiles that I’d love to have in my possession.  But for this post I want to direct your attention to this beautiful lime cotton poplin, perfect for comfortable summer dresses and camp shirts.  Love it.  Oh, did I tell you it sews like a dream?

The project that I chose to make is Simplicity 2894.  This was fitted at the Palmer/Pletsch workshop in 2012.  It is described as misses’ dress or tunic and pants or shorts.  Not the best description.  For the dress is A-line with pleating below the front and back yokes.  It includes two sleeve variations for the dress or tunic.  The sizing ranges from 10 to 28W.

I wanted to maintain the style of the dress.  So I rotated the resulting bust to the pleats beneath the front yoke.  And the added width across the shoulder blade was eased at the shoulder seam

  

There are several things that I like about the dress:
  – Easy to make
  – Pleating and notched collar
  – Sleeve variations (the cut on cap sleeve I like to best.)
  – The pockets

This was another easy project.  After cutting it out, I was able to sew it up in less than four hours.  No buttons, zippers, or hand sewing required.  The instructions were easy to follow with no difficult construction techniques needed.  The only changes I made were the fit adjustments mentioned above, plus adding a few inches to the length of the dress and making my own bias facing to finish the armholes.  I just used the leftover poplin for that.

I think this is a great summer dress that is flattering on any figure. My favorite way to wear it is belted.  I tried it a couple different belts just it see what looks best on me.   I like it a lot and can see myself making it again. 

I recommend you try this one with some Mood poplin or poplin like fabric.  You can’t go wrong.

Happy Sewing!
C

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Comments


  • Sue
    July 2, 2014

    You look really beautiful in this dress! It really flatters your figure perfectly. It is also so versatile. By changing the belt you almost have a new look! Well done!

  • Manju
    July 2, 2014

    This is a great pattern! I will have to check it out. The colour is fabulous on you.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    July 2, 2014

    Adore this colour on you! I love brilliant citrus solids & this is such a lovely classic shirtdress.

  • Amanda S.
    July 2, 2014

    I agree with everyone else, this green looks awesome on you!

  • Diana
    July 2, 2014

    I think this is the perfect dress for you Cennetta. Gorgeous colour and cotton poplin is my favorite summer dress fabric too.

    • Cennetta Burwell
      July 2, 2014

      Thanks, Diana, I see a few more poplin dresses in my future.

  • karen woodhull
    July 2, 2014

    You did an amazing job on that dress. I love the color of the fabric and you look beautiful!

  • Lori
    July 2, 2014

    Gorgeous dress, Cennetta. I love the color and style. In fact, I had to go look again at the first picture, I thought for sure there were buttons.

    • Cennetta Burwell
      July 3, 2014

      Thanks, Lori. Isn’t that strange, no buttons. The front opening allows enough room to get your head through it.

  • Cathy
    July 2, 2014

    That looks great on you! Classic & stylish.

  • Ginger
    July 2, 2014

    This is really, really cute! I love the color on you! It’s such a classic style, but it feels really fresh in this color.

    • Cennetta Burwell
      July 3, 2014

      Thanks, Ginger. This a classic design and thought it would ne great to made it in bright color.

  • Peter
    July 3, 2014

    Just perfect. I love the color and the classic lines. The fit, as always, is fantastic. Great job!

  • Fiona
    July 3, 2014

    Fantastic colour on you Cennetta. I can see this being a piece you will get lots of wear out of, summer after summer. It’s a beauty!

    • Cennetta
      July 14, 2014

      Thanks, Fiona.
      It’s a great summer dress.
      C

  • Lauren
    July 7, 2014

    I wish I could pull off that shade of green :) Looks fantastic on you!! I especially love it with the brown belt :)

    • Cennetta
      July 14, 2014

      Thanks, Lauren.
      I thought the brown belt looked the best as well. That’s exactly how I wore it.
      C

  • Theresa S
    July 7, 2014

    That green is beautiful on you! What a great color!

    • Cennetta
      July 14, 2014

      Theresa,
      Lately, I’ve a new appreciation for green. So you’ll see more of it in future garments.
      Thanks!
      C