I don't recall where I saw the Pop Over Poncho originally, but I immediately loved it. It is a slimmer fitting poncho, with a cowl neck, kangaroo pocket and the back hangs longer than front (my description, not the designer's) I knew it would be an awesome Christmas gift for DD2. Then I forgot about it. Christmas started closing in... I did quite a few Google searches until I found out who created the pattern. April Rhodes. This is the only pattern of hers that appealed to me. I bought it, $15.00. Kind of steep for a simple PDF pattern, but hey, I liked it and also...the instant gratification of print and tape and GO.
I already had the perfect fabric. This is a wool plaid that I picked up at a yard sale years ago. Over 2 yards, .50. I lined it with some mystery fabric that I also snatched at the yard sale for .50. The cowl neck is lined with an old soft knit t-shirt of mine, and the cording is a shoe string my husband donated. So despite the pricey PDF pattern, this gift came in at $16.00..
I cut the s/m, but with the length of the largest size, as it seems quite short as designed and I wanted a deep hem for added weight to help it hang nicely. The hardest part of the whole thing was figuring out how to lay it out so that I could match the plaid pattern! The shoulders look a bit odd on my double (KG2), as she has much wider shoulders than my daughter.
If I were to make this again, I would make the kangaroo pocket larger. Wider AND deeper. Below are pics with the cowl collar standing straight up (look at that pattern matching!!) I now wish that I had redrawn the cowl to be taller in the back so that it could double as a hood. It is also a close fit getting this over your head, so keep that in mind if you have a big head.
Here it is on DD2 (the red head is DD1) She loved it.
and if you can't sew
kiss a cute boy.