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Popover Poncho Blog Tour / Pattern Giveaway! …and a cat!

Hi friends, I’m super excited to help kickoff the Popover Poncho Blog Tour today! To help promote April Rhodes’ new pattern, I’ve made my own version of the Popover Poncho to share with you.*


April is known for her simple, feminine sewing patterns with uncomplicated silhouettes (like The Staple Dress I just made!). So I decided to stick with that theme and make my Popover Poncho as simple and uncomplicated as I possibly could.

(Speaking of: I may or may not have blacked out at the sewing machine in a post Thanksgiving turkey coma and ignored any and all cowl/shoulder seam match-ups. Ignore that part lolz. …yeah it’s bad. But I digress!)


I bought a cotton blend sweatshirt fleece that wouldn’t unravel if I left the seams raw, since I opted not to hem anything (though I did use my serger to finish the inside seams for some extra durability). However, I didn’t want the poncho to look too unfinished so I used a decorative leaf stitch on my machine to give it just a little something special on the edges.


I made the size small/medium and therefore only needed two yards of the sweatshirt fleece, making this project both quick and inexpensive. Win-win! Especially since we’re nearing the holidays when I’m supposed to be buying fabric to sew presents for people not named Rochelle 😉 😉


I fully intended to add the drawstring to the cowl part but my machine makes absolutely perfect buttonholes approximately 23% of the time, and this time was not one of those times. Luckily the failed buttonhole is concealed in dark rose colored thread so it blends it, but alas, the cowl remains sans drawstring. I don’t really mind though.

“…She’s gonna put that poncho on me isn’t she.”


Bahaha! Yeah Karl, you’re going in the poncho! Don’t let that sad kitty face fool you. It’s quite warm and snuggly inside all that fleece so I don’t think he was all too upset with the situation (No cats were harmed or made horribly depressed in the making of this blog post).


Well, a simple straightforward pattern needs no complicated explanation, so that’s all she wrote on this project! I will add quickly that I really like the length. Initially I was thinking it would look too short on me but it’s really quite practical just the way it is. I love it!


Don’t forget to popover to April’s blog (see what I did there?) and check out all the other awesome ponchos popping up this week! I’ve seen some really neat versions so far on instagram – way more exciting than my Plain Jane one!

Monday Dec 1 –  Finch Sewing Studio and Lucky Lucille
Tuesday Dec 2 – Sew Caroline and Everything Else We Do
Wednesday Dec 3 – Fancy Tiger
Thursday Dec 4 – Delia Creates  and Noodlehead
Friday Dec 5 – Cut Cut Sew and Sewbon

p.s. Use the code 25THANKS (good until 11:59 PM today) for 25% off April Rhodes PDF patterns!

AND! If you’d like to win your very own printed (non-PDF) copy of The Popover Poncho, just leave your first name and a comment and I’ll randomly pick one lucky winner!** Maybe you’ll win and end up with a free Christmas gift for a friend! …or for yourself. I won’t tell 😉


**Giveaway will close on Sunday, December 7th 2014 at 10 PM EST. I’ll announce the winner on Monday the 8th. *A PDF version of the Popover Poncho was gifted to me by April Rhodes in exchange for participation in the blog tour. Beyond that, I have not been compensated for this post. law jargon yadda yadda yadda etc etc


  • Diane B

    Rochelle the cotton sweatshirt fleece is a perfect pick and what a great fit!
    Love the raw edges. Simple, and classy too:) Karl looks striking in it too.

  • tammy

    Rochelle I love your poncho! I’ve seen many versions with wool type material and I think I’d get too hot. Your sweatshirt fleece looks relaxed and comfy. Great job!

  • Dawn

    This is such a cute pattern, thanks for the chance to win. Have an awesome day!

  • Jacklynn Grimm

    Cute poncho! I am with you on the button hole failures – I just hate them! Your poncho totally works without the drawstring. And I love your cat! Thanks for the give away! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

  • Sarah

    Super cute poncho!

  • Your poncho is stellar. The pocket is perfect!!!

  • edenz

    I’ve never really considered sewing a poncho – but I think this pattern has me convinced.

  • susan

    I love this pattern, and your version of it. It looks perfect for the winter months!

  • Randi S

    This is exactly what I need to have in my office! It is freezing most days.

  • I am already looking for fabric! I love this.

  • I love the sweatshirt fabric! I’m thinking of doing mine in a similar manner. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Ahhh! I would LOVE to win this pattern!!

  • nothy

    Your poncho is so cute. Please pick me – I’m in a bit of a sewing slump and I need to have a fun quick project to pull me back up to speed.


  • Flavia

    love your poncho! looks really snuggly and cozy!

  • Beth

    Like your fabric choice for the poncho. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ellee

    Great color you chose for your poncho — and you have a beautiful cat!

  • Sarah

    Love the decorative stitching on your version!

  • Carla G

    Would love to make myself a poncho!!! Yours looks soooo comfy & cozy! 🙂

  • courtney

    I can think of several people who would love it if I made them a poncho for Christmas.. myself included! Cute. Cute.

  • You are adorable! Love your version of the poncho in sweatshirt fleece! Very cool =)

  • Love it! This looks like such a cozy poncho.

  • Love it! I would love to make this for my daughter for Christmas!

  • Lisa

    I’d love to win this pattern, already have the perfect fabric in mind. A wool jacquard in grey with an arrow print woven in.

  • Looks so cozy–thanks for the chance!

  • Allison

    I really like the decorative stitch you did on the edge. it makes it a little fancy. 🙂

  • Jess Z

    Love the ponchos I’ve been seeing! I just ordered several yards of sweatshirt fleece in different colors; I think there will be a new poncho in my future! 🙂

  • Shelly

    Love this pattern! Your poncho looks awesome.

  • What a fun poncho! I am always drawn to ponchos:)

  • I love your version of this poncho!!! Kate

  • Poncho looks great and I love that your photos have been photo bombed by your cat.

  • Mary

    Love this poncho! (The cat’s a great hack!)

  • I am so such a pushover for this popover. If I won the pattern i’d be all over it, and then it’s game over for every other sewing project. Over and out. Over the top? 🙂

  • Allison CB

    Cute kat – lovely poncho!!!!

  • Heathe

    Very fun, love it!

  • Love the color you used!

  • Emme

    Already shopping for the perfect Pendleton!

  • Lynn

    This poncho looks great! I was just thinking that one in sweatshirt fleece would be perfect. Would love a printed copy!

  • Becky

    Oh, I love this design! I am a super newbie with sewing, but this poncho seems like I could figure it out. I’d love to give it a try, anyway.

    Love your blog! I’ve been quietly following it for a little while, and your posts always make me smile. Although I haven’t sewn much, I am very addicted to my knitting (beckyswaff on Ravelry).

    Thanks for the chance at winning!

  • Very cute! I’d love to win it, though I’d have to find some nice sweater fabric too. Dang! Not ANOTHER excuse for fabric shopping. Oh my.

  • Your poncho looks so cozy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • What a cute cat!

  • KITTY! Sorry. The poncho is gorgeous, too. I really love that rose color 🙂

  • Molly Haberberger

    Obsessed! I love how this looks in the sweatshirt material! <3

  • Keri

    I love the poncho! Great color and I hope I can try to make one too.

    PS. Also like your Staple Dress. I still need to finish mine…

  • I love the raw edges with the decorative stitching! Looks amazing.
    I’d love to win and whip up a couple quick ponchos! Thanks for hosting!

  • Love the pattern and the cat! lol <3 Would love to try to make this poncho 🙂

  • Tatiana

    I love this pattern, thanks for the giveway!

  • Kristen

    I love this version. Seeing this makes me want to make one now. So cute!! Where do you buy your sweatshirt material?

  • I love this version of it! Thanks for presenting a totally different option for this pattern, my little idea cooker is cooking now 😉 And good call on the no-ravel sweatshirt fleece

  • Rachel

    Ithis pattern is so great! I love your choice of fabric!!!

  • Lesley

    I would love to make this poncho!

  • Carol

    Your poncho is adorable. Cute enough for a cat!

  • That color just looks so lovely on you! If I won the pattern I would be very tempted to flat out copy your decorative edge stitching. :o)


  • Allison

    I would looooove to make this poncho. I have been looking for a good poncho pattern for a while.

  • Jennifer N

    Great pattern, looks cozy enough for the cat.

  • This look so warm and snuggly! I love the decorative stitching you chose. Such a nice touch!

  • I lurv this one!!! Great idea to do it in sweatshirt knit and leave it unhemmed. Love the stitching too. Super great!

  • Love your poncho. It looks great on you. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. I’ve also shared your giveaway on my Giveaway List for sewers & quilters at Thanks again.

  • Margaret

    Love your version. It looks super comfy!

  • Charmaine

    Looks cozy and cute! I’d love to make this poncho!

  • Rachel

    Super cute poncho I love the unhemed edges on the sweatshirt fleece.

  • Ooo, I love this version! It’s such a fun pattern and I’d love to win it 🙂 I think it could look neat in a wool boucle!

  • Becca

    I have already purchased the pdf pattern (and ogled the Pendleton wool online shop), but I would love to win a printed version to help motivate me to start!

  • Emily

    I like the unfinished hems with the decorative trim. Nicely executed.

  • Lovely! Nice job and it looks great on you. I’m also glad to hear I’m not the only one who “black-outs” at the sewing machine and goofs things I know better about!

  • Himeko

    I love the popover poncho and I have loved it ever since April peeked it on her instagram last year, I would love to win the pattern.

  • Wow! First of all, I love your new blog graphics – so pretty! Secondly, the poncho is amazing and I would really, really, love to win a copy of the pattern 🙂 *fingerscrossed*

  • Glad to finally see this knit made up. I’ve been eyeing it on’s site for awhile now. It’s just as pretty as I thought it would be.

  • Oh, that Karl!

    I don’t eat meat, so no turkey blackout for me, but I have experienced a pie blackout. Hate when that happens 😉

    This poncho looks cozy and cute, a good combo!

  • alexis

    To be honest, normally poncho’s are not my thing, but seeing this in sweatshirt material makes me rethink the whole thing

  • Stevie

    It looks great! I could definitely use that in my weekend wardrobe!

  • It looks wonderful!
    I love the colour you chose too. I think it’s a very feminine, flattering colour.

  • How wonderfully cozy, fun and cute! I love the shades of burgundy, pale rose and denim in this great chilly weather look with your pink locks. The combination is head-turningly pretty!

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* I’m really big on ensuring my hair colour works with the rest of the hues in my outfit, so I tend to notice when such is, or isn’t, the case on others (lest that sounded like a strange thing to point out about this ensemble, I mean).

  • Shari Reveal

    Cute sweatshirt, I would love to have this pattern, after all it is getting cold here in Las Vegas, we probably won’t make 70 degrees. But it is perfect weather to follow your blog. Hope I am a winner. And I love the 1946 catalog, but did women actually have that tiny, tiny waists?

  • This looks so cute on you. It looks so cozy for winter. I really like the colour you’ve chosen and think it looks fine without the drawstring.

  • I love how this isn’t very oversized.

  • Super cute! Love that rose-y color on you – especially with your pink hair!

  • Ashley

    I’m a sucker for anything that is comfortable and has a giant collar!

  • Ooh I would love to win the pattern!! I really love the color you chose – and the decorative stitching is the perfect touch!! I’ll be transitioning back into my pre-maternity clothes these next couple of months, and I like that a poncho is very forgiving in size. 🙂 i’d love to make this in a black or gray sweatshirt fleece just to wear out and about!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!!

  • I love your “plain” version! It totally sold me on this pattern. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Norma

    Great poncho…..I really like the color for you and love the nice details and the length. I have never made one, but would love to try!

  • Laura Poehlman

    This is very cute! I love that you can also make it from wool. I’m dreaming of a Pendleton wool poncho now. Or maybe one from Robert Kaufman Mammoth flannel…

  • Anna

    So cute! I would totally make a “plain Jane” one too! Goes with everything right?

  • lindsey

    i like the stitching detail! thanks for the giveaway

  • Your poncho looks so beautiful! Thank you for the giveaway.

  • This looks very cozy 🙂 The fabric choice is great, I like materials, which don’t need hemming sometimes, too. And Karl is just the cutest and I cannot resist any blog post with a cat in it.

  • Ah! I love this. I’ve been waiting for the pattern for what seems like FOREVER! 🙂

  • Kadri

    Ooooh, a poncho is just what I’m missing! Pick me, pick me!