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Saturday, February 15, 2014


I try to make something red to wear every year for Valentine's Day and most years I don't make it.  So this year I started a little earlier and since we're in the middle of a cold front decided to make an outerwear piece instead of a dress that I wouldn't want to wear because it's too cold.  I bought this pattern at the end of Winter 2013 but didn't get to it in time.  As I've mentioned before, I'm much more of a Spring and Summer sewer rather than Fall/Winter even though I am trying to change that. 

I wanted to make view E because I liked the idea of the cowl neck and I liked that the front is closed but I wasn't crazy about the idea of swimming in all that fabric and with such a full bust I could imagine it looking like a tent so I incorporated the button hole openings and belt from view A and I think it worked well to provide some shaping to the poncho.  


Pattern Description:   MISSES' PONCHO AND BELT: Oversized ponchos A, B, C, D, E have topstitch trim and shaped hemline; poncho A has belt; ponchos B, C have collar with tie ends; poncho D has hood and fringe trim; poncho E has collar.

Pattern Sizing: Y(X-Small, Small, Medium), ZZ(Large, X-Large, XX-Large).  I made the X-Large and could have easily made the Large

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Sort of I added an element from View A to View C but it definitely looks like a close relative.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Super easy instructions, didn't really need them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I like the style and that it is an easy outerwear piece.

Fabric Used:  Light weight wool

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:   I incorporated the button hole openings and belt from view A to view C to provide some shaping.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I would definitely recommend this piece to others.  I might sew it again next year if I find a nice boucle print that I like but I'm really itching to start my Spring/Summer sewing.

Conclusion:   This is a great little outerwear piece. The pattern has nice options and is very versatile. 


  1. You are a cutie patudie!! Love the Poncho!!!

  2. Really liking the combo of cowl with the belt. It it's fabulous!

  3. Cute outfit and I love those shoes

  4. I like your twist on this. It's cute!

  5. Wonderful and just the right color. You nailed it with the shoes.

  6. Great post and you should buy those shoes in every size! I would certainly buy them - thanks for making us "curvy" girls look good!

  7. The cowl with the belt is a great combo. And it's cool that you try to sew something red for Valentine's every year. What a great tradition!

  8. i love your sense of style, colour, attitude is tops