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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰


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 – ย Finch Sewing Studioย andย Lucky Lucille
Tuesday Dec 2 –ย Sew Carolineย andย Everything Else We Do
Wednesday Dec 3 –ย Fancy Tiger
Thursday Dec 4 –ย Delia Createsย  andย Noodlehead
Friday Dec 5 –ย Cut Cut Sewย andย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰


**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
    December 7, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    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
    December 7, 2014 at 1:08 am

    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
    December 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm

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

  • Jacklynn Grimm
    December 6, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    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
    December 6, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Super cute poncho!

  • kerrie
    December 5, 2014 at 10:29 pm

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

  • edenz
    December 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm

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

  • susan
    December 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm

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

  • Randi S
    December 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm

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

  • Kristina
    December 5, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I am already looking for fabric! I love this.

  • Kaitlin Juarez
    December 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

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

  • Elise Burkhead
    December 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Ahhh! I would LOVE to win this pattern!!

  • nothy
    December 5, 2014 at 8:47 am

    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
    December 5, 2014 at 6:55 am

    love your poncho! looks really snuggly and cozy!

  • Beth
    December 5, 2014 at 2:29 am

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

  • Ellee
    December 5, 2014 at 2:19 am

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

  • Sarah
    December 5, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Love the decorative stitching on your version!

  • Carla G
    December 5, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Would love to make myself a poncho!!! Yours looks soooo comfy & cozy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • courtney
    December 4, 2014 at 10:45 pm

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

  • Shelly
    December 4, 2014 at 10:28 pm

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

  • Dawn
    December 4, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Love it! This looks like such a cozy poncho.

  • Kellysrunning
    December 4, 2014 at 8:12 pm

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

  • Lisa
    December 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    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.

  • Wendy
    December 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Looks so cozy–thanks for the chance!

  • Allison
    December 4, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I really like the decorative stitch you did on the edge. it makes it a little fancy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jess Z
    December 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shelly
    December 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Love this pattern! Your poncho looks awesome.

  • Katie
    December 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

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

  • Kate
    December 4, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I love your version of this poncho!!! Kate

  • Deborah
    December 4, 2014 at 10:10 am

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

  • Mary
    December 4, 2014 at 3:40 am

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

  • Shirley
    December 4, 2014 at 3:26 am

    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? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Allison CB
    December 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Cute kat – lovely poncho!!!!

  • Heathe
    December 3, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Very fun, love it!

  • Breenah
    December 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Love the color you used!

  • Emme
    December 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Already shopping for the perfect Pendleton!

  • Lynn
    December 3, 2014 at 11:43 am

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

  • Becky
    December 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

    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!

  • Carlee McTavish
    December 2, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    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.

  • Teri
    December 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Your poncho looks so cozy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • maddie
    December 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    What a cute cat!

  • Chris Griffin
    December 2, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    KITTY! Sorry. The poncho is gorgeous, too. I really love that rose color ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Molly Haberberger
    December 2, 2014 at 12:02 pm

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

  • Keri
    December 2, 2014 at 11:35 am

    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…

  • Angie
    December 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

    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!

  • Jessibeth Vicenty
    December 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Love the pattern and the cat! lol <3 Would love to try to make this poncho ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tatiana
    December 2, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I love this pattern, thanks for the giveway!

  • Kristen
    December 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

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

  • Ashleigh
    December 2, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I love this version of it! Thanks for presenting a totally different option for this pattern, my little idea cooker is cooking now ๐Ÿ˜‰ And good call on the no-ravel sweatshirt fleece

  • Rachel
    December 2, 2014 at 12:10 am

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

  • Lesley
    December 1, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I would love to make this poncho!

  • Carol
    December 1, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Your poncho is adorable. Cute enough for a cat!

  • JJ
    December 1, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    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
    December 1, 2014 at 11:24 pm

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

  • Jennifer N
    December 1, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Great pattern, looks cozy enough for the cat.

  • Heather
    December 1, 2014 at 9:40 pm

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

  • Nicole
    December 1, 2014 at 8:17 pm

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

  • Debbie
    December 1, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    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
    December 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Love your version. It looks super comfy!

  • Charmaine
    December 1, 2014 at 7:40 pm

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

  • Rachel
    December 1, 2014 at 7:31 pm

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

  • Carrie
    December 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Ooo, I love this version! It’s such a fun pattern and I’d love to win it ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it could look neat in a wool boucle!

  • Becca
    December 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    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
    December 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm

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

  • Lilly
    December 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    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
    December 1, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    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.

  • Sarah
    December 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ *fingerscrossed*

  • ShanniLoves
    December 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    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.

  • Miss Crayola Creepy
    December 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

    This poncho looks cozy and cute, a good combo!

  • alexis
    December 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm

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

  • Stevie
    December 1, 2014 at 12:12 pm

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

  • Gia
    December 1, 2014 at 11:49 am

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

  • Jessica Cangiano
    December 1, 2014 at 11:07 am

    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!

    โ™ฅ 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
    December 1, 2014 at 11:06 am

    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?

  • Megan
    December 1, 2014 at 10:56 am

    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.

  • mjb
    December 1, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I love how this isn’t very oversized.

  • sallie
    December 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

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

  • Ashley
    December 1, 2014 at 10:17 am

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

  • Amanda
    December 1, 2014 at 10:02 am

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚ i’d love to make this in a black or gray sweatshirt fleece just to wear out and about!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!!

  • Sonicka
    December 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

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

  • Norma
    December 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

    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
    December 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

    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
    December 1, 2014 at 9:15 am

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

  • lindsey
    December 1, 2014 at 9:11 am

    i like the stitching detail! thanks for the giveaway

  • Elena Knits
    December 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

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

  • Melanie
    December 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

    This looks very cozy ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

  • Lesley
    December 1, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Ah! I love this. I’ve been waiting for the pattern for what seems like FOREVER! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kadri
    December 1, 2014 at 8:31 am

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