From the pattern website: Stay warm in this hooded or cowl neck fleece poncho sized for adults and teens. It features a front handwarmer pocket and a back pocket for storing the poncho when you're not wearing it. In storage mode, it's a great car pillow or stadium seat cushion. Poncho-to-pillow folding instructions are included. The pattern is printed on 50 lb. paper so it stands up to many uses. Poncho requires 2-1/2" yards of Polarfleece (58" wide or wider) . Make one for yourself and give them as gifts, along with a copy of the folding instructions.
Adult/Teen (One size fits all). This pattern is also available in a kid's size.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy instructions and very easy construction.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is my first attempt at some type of outerwear, and I thought it went well. I deliberately picked an easy pattern to make so I could concentrate on decorative stitching and embroidering a design on the pocket.
Fleece from Nancy's Notions in Hunter Green.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used a wave stitch from my Baby Lock Evolution serger on the hems and very much like how this turned out. I wanted to test how easy this stitch is and it is very easy. Here are my results. A contrasting fabric in the lower looper would make this a gorgeous hem finish on casual and children's wear as well as home dec. designs.
On the pocket, I also added a cross stitch embroidery design called "Fall Leaves" from Vermillion Stitchery's Fall Collection CD. I had a lot of trouble stitching out this design until I moved up to a larger needle size (80/12) and then my thread finally stopped shredding. Cross stitch designs are very dense, so some thread breakage still occurred, but it was manageable.
I also left off the back pocket. Even if I could have remembered how to fold it into the pocket to make a pillow, there is no way I would ever sit on one of my creations.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably would not sew this again as I only need one in this style and next time I would like to "graduate" to a harder pattern with a little more style.
This is a great pattern to use when you want a fast outerwear garment! It would be great for kids if you buy the child size. And it lends itself beautifully to creative license if you want to embroider on it or try out those little used decorative stitches on your machine. More pictures here.