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.