This ochre and dusty pink cotton poplin fabric is printed in an abstract design inspired (to our eyes) by mid-century classics from the likes of Lucienne Day. It combines a hand-crafted woodcut style with a geometry and palette straight from the 1950s and we think it’s the perfect fabric for a relaxed summer wardrobe with a vintage edge. A background of muted raspberry pink is overlaid with ochre, sienna brown, faded black, grey and aqua – colours that will sit happily with a warmer-weather palette. The weight of this fabric is slightly lighter than the average cotton poplin but with excellent opacity. This means it has great versatility; not too heavy or stiff for a shirt but still with ample substance for a summer dress.
What kind of fabric is this?
Our ochre and dusty pink cotton poplin fabric is a light-to-medium-weight poplin, closely-woven cotton fabric with the finely-ridged weave structure that you’d expect in a poplin. This gives it more structure and opacity than a cotton lawn and makes it very adaptable across seasons.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our printed dusty pink cotton poplin fabric has a smooth, crisp handle. It’s very cool and smooth next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
This cotton poplin has a soft structure and falls into angled folds. It holds some shape, but will relax a little with washing and wearing. You can see how it moves and drapes in this video.
NOTE: Our videos are intended to show the movement of a fabric. For accurate colour and pattern detail, please refer to our still images.
Will I need to line this fabric?
A top or shirt will be perfectly lovely unlined; the print and close weave of this fabric both help with opacity. A more fitted bodice may require a self-lining for additional structure and you might choose to line or wear a half-slip under a skirt or dress if you’re planning to wear it over hosiery – although we think this is the perfect fabric for wearing over bare legs.
What can I make with this fabric?
This is a fabulous fabric for summer tops and blouses, to wear over denim or summer cotton twill. However it’s also the perfect summer frock or skirt fabric -we envisage it as a gathered, full skirt, billowing in the breeze; alternatively a crisp shirt dress – or perhaps a classic strappy sundress. We rather like the elegant lines of the ‘Effie’ Shirt Dress from Michelle Sews. Wear it buttoned and belted – or open and drifting over your summer crops.
As a plant-based fibre, cotton is a natural product that can be grown easily. Cotton garments tend to be strong and durable and can be recycled. However current production levels of cotton will be increasingly difficult to sustain, especially when chemicals and large amounts of water are used to process cotton fabrics. Maintain the sustainability of cotton garments by careful washing and repair.
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Wash separately at 30 or 40 degrees
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.