Here’s the thing about really only having time to sew at night when I get home from work: it’s pretty awesome. I need an overhead light and Friends on my iPad, and I’m set. The thing about only having that chunk of time to take photos: not awesome. I retook these photos three times, and the lighting still wasn’t great. But you can tell it’s a poncho/cape/jacket, and I suppose that’s all that really matters.
Skill level: This poncho sewing project would be good for intermediate sewers.
Time commitment estimate: A few hours, depending on skill level.
I think it’s funny that this pattern calls itself a “learn to sew” pattern. I mean by nature it’s pretty basic since it doesn’t have a lining, but when you’re sewing a 1/4″ hem that has to look finished and straight, it ends up being much harder than if you were just sewing the right sides of the shell and lining together to turn inside out out and hide any wavering lines. (Because of the lack of a lining,) I ended up serging all the raw edges of each piece so that the interior looks as finished as possible. The zipper construction was definitely easy because you’re just sewing it right to the shell. (Just be sure your plaid lines up when you’re done if you choose to do that instead of a solid.)
If you want to make this poncho for yourself, check out this link for supplies I use for just about every project. In addition, I used Simplicity Pattern 7122 that I found on Etsy, and I got the fabric at Joann’s.
The pattern calls for a 1/4″ hem, but I ended up going with a 1 1/8″ hem because I thought it looked more polished.
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