Despite the popular reader request to go with the cowprint vinyl, I opted for a nice wool fabric that I got in a recent charity shop fabric haul and some of my leftover purple corduroy (from the 'Purple Parfait' outfit).
I did, however, become inspired by the headband in view 2 and created my own to go with the 70's vibe.
I basically took 3 long and skinny pieces of both of the fabrics and braided them together and then secured the ends so that I could just slip the headband on and off. Here's a close-up:
It made me feel very groovy:
hehehehe...All joking aside, I do actually like ponchos. There is something very appealing about being wrapped up in a warm blanket-like garment on a cold day! I used to keep a poncho-like wrap at work for when they blasted the air conditioning in the summer. It is a good garment to have handy.
The only way I could make this wool fabric work was to cut the poncho on the bias! Eeep...ignoring the grainline is not something I usually do. I was really nervous cutting it on the bias as I was unsure how it would affect the drape but I figured it was probably ok because it was a heavier wool and I wanted a drapey effect. Though I did go back and read all the comments from Sewaholic's post on when you can ignore the grainline. Very illuminating and I decided to take the risk. Overall, I think it's fine and I don't think it affected the drape too much. Phew!
Another thing I love about ponchos? They are fun on windy days:
That's Edinburgh Castle up on that hill! I love the view from this street (aptly named 'Castle Street').
I also lined the poncho with some purple lining fabric I had in my stash:
The pants are, get this, elastic waisted! ha! I had no idea until I started making them. They have no darts in the front or back.
I've had quite a bit of this corduroy in my stash. I've made these pants and also Collette's Parfait pattern as a pinafore with it:
Now I want to pass it along for someone else's creativity! Up for grabs is approximately 3 yards of this lightweight pinwale corduroy fabric in a deep purple (it's more of the color in the photo above).
This giveaway is open to anyone and I will ship anywhere. To enter just visit the Sew Weekly archives and leave me a comment about which theme of the Sew Weekly has been your favorite so far and what you like about it. I'll pick a winner by random drawing. Be sure to leave a comment here before midnight EST on Thursday March 31st! I'll announce the winner on Friday the 1st of April (and it won't be an April Fools joke :-)