Whenever I hear the word poncho, I think of that scene from the TV show Ugly Betty where Betty shows up for her first day of work at a fashion magazine wearing this poncho. Which, of course makes me laugh and then reminisce about how I binge watched all four Ugly Betty seasons over the course of about a month. Ah, memories.
But now, I’ve got a stylin’ poncho of my own! The Popover Poncho by April Rhodes!
I was pretty indecisive with picking a fabric for this poncho. I wanted to use a gorgeous Pendleton wool, but that didn’t pass the budget committee (aka, Andy). I had a Pendleton look-a-like fabric in my stash (I used it for these mittens and these coasters) that I debated using, but in the end I went with something a bit more neutral – a ‘wool’ chenille-esque mystery fabric I found at Colorado Fabrics.
I cut a size Small/Medium with the Large length (although, I ended up hacking off the extra length in the end due to some awful, stiff bias binding). The loose weave of the fabric was a little tricky as it kept wanting to decinigrate into tiny bits of yarn, but with the help of my serger and sheer will, I powered through.
I used a light weight charcoal knit for the cowl and I really like how soft it is. I think the drapiness (is that a word?) of the ‘wool’ fabric pairs nicely with a soft knit.
I originally hemmed the poncho to have a cobalt blue bias binding on the inside. I figured it would be a fun pop of color. However, I made a bad fabric choice and the twill fabric I used was way too stiff and made my poncho look like something Jane Jetson would wear with a crazy flipped out hem. I chopped the bias tape off and just hemmed the poncho by folding the edge twice under. I’m glad I originally cut the longer length to make up for my mistake!
My fabric difficulties aside, this pattern is a quick sew and the directions are easy to follow. I’m totally in love with the gorgeous Pendleton wool versions that are popping up (check the #popoverponcho hashtag on Instagram), so I’m going to have to make another appeal to the budget committee for my next Popover Poncho.
April Rhodes is offering a Sewbon reader a printed copy of the Popover Poncho pattern! Enter using the rafflecopter widget below or this direct link.
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Also, make sure to check out the other Popover Ponchos are the blog tour. They are all so gorgeous!
Monday, December 1st | Nicole (Finch Sewing Studio) & Rochelle (Lucky Lucille)
Tuesday, December 2nd | Caroline (Sew Caroline) & Ashley Higgs (Everything Else We Do)
Wednesday, December 3rd | Jaime and Amber (Fancy Tiger)
Thursday, December 4th | Delia (Delia Creates) & Anna Graham (Noodlehead)
Friday, December 5th | Kelly (Cut Cut Sew) & Erin (Sewbon)
Disclaimer: The Popover Poncho pattern was provided to me free of charge for participating in the Popover Poncho blog tour, but, as always, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own.