I was super excited when I saw that April Rhodes had released her Popover Poncho pattern recently…I was just waiting for the paper version to come out to buy it. So when April asked if I would take part in her blog tour I happily said yes! And it just so happened that the Pendleton store was having a Black Friday sale on all of their fabric, perfect timing 🙂 I had a hard time deciding which print to use but ended up following my first instinct (and Kristin’s advice, thanks girl!) and picked up a black and white print.
If you are not familiar with Pendleton and the gorgeous wool fabrics they make right here in the USA there is a great article about it (here) in the new Seamwork magazine from Colette.
This was a quick and easy pattern to sew, perfect for beginners or if you are just looking for an uncomplicated and satisfying project. I knew by looking at the pattern cover that I would want to add some length, so I ended up making a size small/medium at the top, graded to a size large at the bottom which added to the length and also gave it a more dramatic shape.I spent a good amount of time cutting, being very careful to match the pattern. It’s not perfect, but close enough that I am happy!
I used a lighter weight black Pendleton wool fabric for the cowl lining and the bias tape hem, and finished both by hand. I generally dislike and try to avoid hand stitching but I felt like it was called for here with this special fabric. I originally made the cowl with a drawstring as designed but ended up unpicking everything and replacing the front cowl piece, leaving out the drawstring. I think it looks cute on more sporty or casual versions but for this one I felt like it didn’t fit with the look I wanted. I can also wear the cowl folded over, which I didn’t get a picture of but I like that look as well. Although Pendleton wool is an obvious choice for this pattern, I have been brainstorming lots of other versions as well! A wool plaid, definitely…and a more casual version in french terry or a sweater knit. I played around with adding a hood to this one (I made a muslin in a similar weight fabric) but the weight of the hood kept pulling it back and I didn’t enjoy the choking sensation 😉 But in a lighter fabric I think it would work! You can check out some other versions on the rest of the blog tour:
AND….April has generously offered a paper copy of the Popover Poncho pattern to one of my readers, yay! Just leave me a comment telling me about your dream poncho- what would you make if you win? I’ll close the giveaway and pick a winner next Thursday, December 11th at 9:00pm Pacific time.
****************GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**************************************
****April provided me with a free copy of the Popover Poncho pattern which I happily accepted because I was going to buy it anyway 😉