DIY Poncho Style top

DIY Poncho Style top

I have to admit,  I go fabric shopping but I don’t always start my project with the fabric I purchased. It is similar to shopping for clothing. You thought it was cute at the store but when you go home and look at it again, it somehow doesn’t look the same….Have you had this experience?  Well, this piece of fabric was an example such a case.

DIY poncho style top

It is a wild patterned stretchy fabric. Depending on the style, it could be a cute top, or it could be an old lady-like top. It is a bit gamble….but for $1.59 you cannot really lose. I have been procrastinating about what to do with this because of the size of the fabric. It is 33 inches wide and 56 inches (a bit over 1.5 yards) long. It is not big enough to make a top with sleeves.

I decided to experiment and make a poncho style top which is perfect for a remnant fabric with an odd length like this, because it doesn’t require making sleeves. I made a red poncho (cape) style coat previously, and it worked well!

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First, fold fabric in half with right side together. Divide 33 inches into three 11 inch sections, and mark them to create the right shoulder seam, the neck hole, and the left shoulder seam.

Stitch 11 inches from both edges and leave the middle 11 inch section unstitched for the neck. Then cut the top to open the seam.

DIY poncho style top

 Sew both sides of the opened seam to secure the seams.

DIY Poncho style top

Use twin sewing needles. The trick here is to stitch on the right side because the back side will be a zigzag stitch and you don’t want that to show.

DIY Poncho style top

 Okay, the shoulders and the neck are done. Now we need to finish the hem on both sides.

DIY Poncho style top

Fold the fabric right side together, stitch 16 inches from the bottom towards shoulder, leaving 12 inches for an arm hole.

DIY Poncho style top

Open the seam and stitch all around to secure the fabric. Finish the bottom seam by folding it inside 1 inch and stitch.

DIY Poncho style top

One more final step. In order to give this top a little shape so that it doesn’t look too frumpy, I decided to include stitches so that it fits along the body line. Place and pin one of your tight fit dresses on top of the fabric, and stitch along the sideline about 10 inches long, on both sides. An inspiration came from this dress!

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This is the finished product! I know, I know, It looks like just a big square fabric, but if you wear it, it looks like…..

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This!

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Stylish? or Frumpy? Let me know your opinion!

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