In an effort to improve my clothes making skills, I found a diy poncho top that seemed easy. I have made pajama pants and a couple of skirts that turned out fine, but it is time to expand. There are so many great patterns for tops and dresses, but admittedly, I have failed slightly on a couple super easy patterns. If I can make this poncho good enough to be wearable, it will motivate me to keep making my own clothes.
I debated using fabric already in my stash, but decided to check out the discount rack at the fabric store. Luckily, they were having their end of season clear out of fabrics when I went. I was able to get a couple meters of tie-dye fabric for 75% off. I picked out a blue and white tie dye fabric. It is more lightweight, which I like, as I wanted this top to be a little drapey.
I decided to cut my two rectangle fabric pieces into 16″ by 48″. I would have cut 16″ wide strips the full width of the fabric, but it would have been too long. Since the fabric is almost 60″ and I am short, it made sense to cut the strips to 48″.
After cutting the two fabric pieces, I folded over and seamed the long sides (48″) of each piece.
Once I seamed the sides, I marked where the neck opening would be for both the front and the back. To attach both sides together, I laid the seam of one of the rectangle over the seam of the other side, and pinned the fabric in place. I sewed from the neck marking I made down to the bottom. I flipped the fabric and sewed the other side together in the same way. This turned my tie-dye fabric from two rectangles to a wearable top.
To close the sides, I added eyelets about 2″ apart, starting 1″ from the bottom. I used 20 eyelets, 5 on each side of the front, and 5 on each side of the back.
This top provides the option of wearing the sides open and loose, or tied up scrunched at the hips.
I love the loose casual feel of this top. It can be worn to work with skinny pants or jeans. I can also wear it casually hanging out at home with a pair of leggings. I feel this is the most successful garment I have made so far. Now to decide what to make next?