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

December 1, 2014

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