Pendleton Popover Poncho

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.

DSC_0561If 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.DSC_0538I 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!DSC_0513

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.  DSC_0532I originally made the cowl with a drawstring as designed but ended up unpicking everything and replacing the front cowl piece, leaving out the drawstring.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.  DSC_0548Although 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:

Wednesday Dec 3 – Jaime and Amber (Fancy Tiger)

Thursday Dec 4 – Delia (Delia Creates)  and Anna Graham (Noodlehead)                                       Friday Dec 5 – Kelly (Cut Cut Sew) and Erin (Sewbon)

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**************************************

Also be sure to check out April’s online shop where you can purchase PDF versions of all of her patterns, or if the paper versions are more your style you can locate a stockist in your area here.

****April provided me with a free copy of the Popover Poncho pattern which I happily accepted because I was going to buy it anyway 😉