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Fringe Element Poncho

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Plus-sized
Style Funky, Traditional, Whimsical, Classic
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What materials did you use? Wool crepe.

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What are you most proud of? Having the patience to spend DAYS picking out the bias fringe. I knew it would take a long time because the threads were much finer than the tweeds that I usually use for bias fringe, and crepe threads are tightly twisted which makes them stick together and resist unraveling. However, that twist also makes the fringe extra fluffy and furry looking. I did make samples of ruffles as an option to fringe, but I didn't like the look. A plain topstitched narrow hem was boring, too. I'm glad I did the fringe, and I hope it doesn't matt up when I launder it again.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Cut the neckline MUCH smaller than you think it needs to be. Staystitch or use fusible tricot to stabilize the neckline edge. Then finish the edge with a narrow hem. If the resulting neckline ends up too small to fit over your head, just trim off the narrow hem and start again to make the opening bigger.

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This brings back fond childhood memories.... I had a red poncho and loved it! You sure do have a lot of patience pulling all those threads and the outcome is totally worth it... looks great :)

01/13/2013 Flag

Another great garment. The fringe made the poncho something sepcial.

01/13/2013 Flag

Beautiful! I love the off-white, and the fringe is gorgeous. I love beautiful garments that can be dressed up or down.

01/13/2013 Flag

I love that all of your experience has made your creativeness result in gorgeousness and quality! Wow! I am learning to be more brave! LOL ".... it is not rocket science, just sewing." Thought: Would it be possible to stitch the circle for the neckline first and cut the opening second just inside the stitching line? I suppose that might be a stay stitch in advance :) if it would work.

01/14/2013 Flag

You could try that, although it would be awkward to mark the opening (I like an oval rather than a circle) though 4 layers and then stitch in the middle of a huge piece of fabric. I think this is actually the first poncho I have ever made or owned, so I am living and learning!

01/14/2013 Flag