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Spot On

Hello everybody!

I always look forward to working with new types of Fabrics so when I spotted the this Penny Spot Cotton Poplin Fabric, I knew I had to make something with it for two main reasons:

1) I love polka dots (I mean, who doesn’t?)

2) Black and white is one of my favorite color combinations of all time. It makes up a good chunk of my closet.

So clearly, this was a match made in heaven. I am grateful Minerva gave me the opportunity to try this fabric.

When I received the fabric I fell in love instantly. It was so soft and smooth to the touch and different from a typical polka dot fabric due to the bigger sized polka dots. It took me a while to decide what I wanted to make with this beautiful fabric. There were so many options to choose from. Once I pre-washed, it shrunk a little as expected and I had to give it a good press to get the wrinkles out.

I chose to make a fit and flare dress with a unique bodice using Burda 7232. I’ve had the pattern in my stash for over a year so it was definitely time to put it to work and I’m glad I did.

My new dress will be part of my fall wardrobe, as it looks great paired with long sleeves top. Due to the neckline and back bodice of the dress, it is tricky to find the right undergarment to pair it with so the layered look will be my go to style for the fall. I would love to hear if anyone has any suggestions for that.

The medium weight of this cotton poplin provided just the right stability needed for the unique bodice back and at the same time, it was perfect for the circle skirt section of the dress. I lined the bodice with a simple black cotton fabric, added a strip of interfacing to the section where the button has been stitched, and did not have to manipulate it at all to get it to behave. Of course, I added pockets to my dress.

I paired the final look with my bright orange sandals to make it pop even more and got so many compliments on my way to take some pictures of the dress. This was my first time using cotton poplin and I am glad I did. It will not be the last time.

Overall, it was a very easy Dressmaking Fabric to work with and seems versatile enough for almost all kinds of projects. I am planning to make a shirt with the scraps I have left or a baby quilt for a friend’s daughter if I don’t have enough left for myself. I think this cotton poplin would be great for beginner sewers and projects as well due to the ease of use. I hope you love my project as much as I do.

Sylvia @ The Ravel Out

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