Sew a Stylish Cowl Poncho | Using the Deanna from Made for Mermaids

I’m just loving the new Deanna Sweater from Made for MermaidsI’ve sewn a total of four versions (including this variation) … yes, I might be addicted. Three more and I’ll have one for every day of the week! How about that for a goal?

Pinspiration

While I was testing the Deanna Sweater, I ran across this beauty in my Pinterest feed. I knew the moment I saw it that I could recreate it with the cowl version of the Deanna Sweater. When you go to the original listing for the top, it claims it’s a loose women’s tee … but look at this pic and you’ll see that it’s not really a tee. It’s completely open at the sides! It’s more like an off-shoulder poncho.

Guys, this is SO easy and I love the way it turned out! Keep scrolling for the how-to!

My Version

For my version, I used a soft, double-sided mystery knit from Walmart. The grey side is almost a very small rib-knit and the white side is similar to a very lightweight jersey.

I had the worst time deciding which side to use and finally ended up going with the grey. It’s love!

How To Make It Yourself!

Cutting the Pieces

Following the directions in the Deanna Pattern, cut out the cowl pieces according to your upper bust measurement.

You’ll also want to have the bodice (or at least the neckline) printed and ready. Again, choose your size based on your upper bust measurement.

Now, for the main body of the Deanna poncho, identify the direction of greatest stretch on your fabric. You’ll want that running horizontal across your shoulders.

If your direction of greatest stretch is selvage to selvage (the manufacturer finished edge, you’ll need to decide how long to make your poncho.

If your direction of greatest stretch is cut edge to cut edge, decide how wide you want your poncho — so measure from the center of your chest to however far down your arms you want the poncho to come.

Take your chosen measurement, multiply by two, and cut your fabric (or just cut on the fold so the measurement is doubled).

Now, take the body of the poncho that you just cut and fold it in half, then in half again so you have squarish shape as shown.

Note: A possible variation would be to fold the fabric so that it’s longer in the back than the front. This would give your poncho a fun, high-low look.

Line up the bodice neckline from the pattern as shown. Be careful to slide the pattern up 1/2″ above the top fold of your fabric. This will remove the 1/2″ seam allowance. (I didn’t think to do this and had to do some weird sewing to take that in so it would match the cowl. Learn from my mistakes!)

Cut out your neckline. Only cut the neckline!

Construction

Follow the instructions in the Deanna pattern for assembling the cowl and attaching it to the neckline.

Now you have a choice to make: to hem or not to hem?

I chose to do a 1″ wide hem because I wanted the contrast between my double-sided fabric — and I thought it might tie it together to make it reversible. I ended up not liking it with the light side out, but I still like the deep hem. If you’re using just a sewing machine, you can use most of the topstitching methods I talk about in this post to do your hem.

If you study my Pinspiration, it is NOT hemmed! So, since knit fabric doesn’t frey, you can just leave it. In that case, you are done with your poncho!

You could also choose to do a rolled hem or narrow hem with your serger like I did with the baby blankets.

Your Turn

I’d love to see your version of this hack/DIY! Comment below and share yours! Feel free to ask questions, I’d love to help!

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