Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ponchos for fall

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.


 I think she looks ridiculously cute in it, though I have to remind her to take it off before eating or (shudder) going to the bathroom.


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! 

4 comments:

  1. Super cute! Well done! I'm always curious where people find wool jersey--I never see it anywhere! It seems like a unicorn fabric. That is a perfect fabric and a great piece.

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    1. Last year Fabric Mart had a bunch of it, but I've been looking around for more lately (with maybe a lower price than Mood) without much success. Thanks!

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  2. Oh my goodness, could you two be any cuter???!! (Answer: No, not possible.) What a great use of a small piece of wool! I have an even smaller thrifted piece of wool jersey (pretty thick though) that I've been considering for a "sweater vest." Yay winter sewing!

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  3. I adore this, so elegant. This would be perfect for our ram sales.
    Good job.
    xx N

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