Last week I had an hour to myself, as well as a hankering to use up a 2-yard cut of wool jersey I found at the thrift store last year (for $3.50!). So I made this.
The jersey was the perfect warm, mid-weight, stable fabric for the button-up, drape-neck, fall poncho of my dreams. I draped it over myself, pinned it, re-pinned and re-draped, and came up with my preferred proportions. Basically my fabric was a 70" wide pentagon that was 33" long in the middle and 26" long at the sides. I hemmed the top with interfacing, folded my fabric in half with the 26" sides aligned, and then sewed up all but 12" of the top.
I sewed the buttons through both layers of fabric rather than making buttonholes. The bottom is left raw - this jersey won't ravel and I dig the sharp-edged look. I used two different kinds of buttons because I was working from stash and didn't have enough of any of the ones I liked. I toyed with alternating them, but in the end I just decided to group them together. I really like how it looks, and since the buttons are just sewn on, I can replace them later if I want to without worrying about matching sizes.
Immediately after I finished it, the temperature dropped, and I've been wearing it pretty much non-stop ever since. And as soon as she saw my poncho, my sweet little Z asked if I could make her one. As it happened, I had just enough fabric left over to make that happen. She's been wearing it proudly ever since.
So there you have it, Mommy-and-me wool ponchos. Keep scrolling for directions to make your own. And as always, thanks for reading and see you next time!