Ponchos are one of the most versatile pieces anyone can have in their wardrobe. They can be worn over dresses, shorts, jeans, you name it! Ponchos are perfect for layering in the colder months. They can easily transition into warmer weather, providing that little bit of extra warmth when there’s a chill in the air. The best part? They allow for free movement and look so elegant.
For people who love to sew, ponchos are great news! They are incredibly easy to sew and make for a great beginner sewing project. At Pattern Emporium, we’re proud to offer an easy-to-follow poncho sewing pattern for women. Our With Love Poncho is a simple design that can be adapted and modified to fit your personal style. A fresh take on an old basic, this poncho is bound to be your new favourite project. Whether you want something sophisticated and modern or a casual gym cover-up for your workouts, this poncho is the wardrobe staple you didn't know you needed!
In this article, we'll dive into what exactly a poncho is, how to style one so that you can feel like your best self, and how to sew your very own. Keep reading to learn more.
What Is a Poncho?
A poncho is a garment that is typically made from a single piece of fabric, often in the shape of a rectangle or square, with a hole cut in the centre for the head to pass through. Ponchos can be made from a variety of materials, such as wool, cotton, fleece, or synthetic fabrics, and are commonly worn as an outer layer to protect against rain, wind, or cold weather.
Ponchos are known for their loose and flowing design, which provides ample coverage and allows for ease of movement. They are often associated with traditional clothing from South America, particularly the Andean region, where they have been worn for centuries by Indigenous peoples.
Today, ponchos are a popular fashion item and can be found in many styles, from traditional patterns to modern, minimalist designs. They are often used as stylish and practical layering pieces, particularly during the autumn and winter months. Women's ponchos are the perfect final layer to be worn over tops, dresses, other jumpers and more – you really can't go wrong.
How To Wear a Poncho
Ponchos are long, drapey pieces that can be worn in many different ways. Their silhouette and free movement create a dramatic, elegant piece that everyone can enjoy. From your morning walk to going out to dinner, there is a vast range of ponchos out there to suit all situations.
Our With Love Poncho can be customised to fit your specific taste. With four different main looks, and endless customising possibilities laid out in the pattern, you can make as many unique ponchos as your heart desires! Here are our favourite ways to wear a poncho:
Ponchos have a sophisticated and timeless design, elevating simplicity and letting your styling preferences take the reigns. With an open roll neck and button detail along the neckline, the With Love Poncho is a piece that begs to be paired with a range of styling options rather than be limited to one outfit.
This poncho works as a stylish layer over the top of fitted pants or jeans. Paired with black ankle boots and matching sunglasses, you will look effortlessly cool and put together. If you're after formal evening glamour, you can dress up your poncho with a long skirt and statement earrings – perfect for those chillier nights out on the town!
Ponchos are perfect for snuggling into on those chill weekend days spent unwinding on the couch. With a roll neck and helpful patch pockets, this poncho is designed with those days off in mind – the perfect companion for a lazy weekend. Pair the weekend poncho with your favourite comfy leggings and a fun graphic tee or tank top. Finish off the look with some slippers or trainers.
Our sporty poncho is the ideal cover-up you can take to and from your workouts. With a wrap neckline and two patch pockets, this poncho offers easy convenience while still looking stylish! Simply layer it over your activewear, and it will be your go-to for running errands or popping in for a quick pilates session.
For a poncho you can wear all year round, you'll love our all-seasons style. Designed with a simple T-shirt neckline and coming with a separate infinity scarf, this poncho is here to get you through all seasons. Wear it as a poolside coverup or on a winter brunch date – this poncho is easily trans-seasonal.
How To Cut a Poncho
Cutting a poncho is very straightforward. Before taking scissors to fabric, you need to decide how much to use. Our patterns come with detailed measuring instructions. You can print the provided pattern pieces, or use the dimension tables to draw one up yourself. For those looking for a paper-free option, use the projector file.
Following the instructions will let you measure how long and wide your poncho should be – leaving room for the seam allowance. Mark this with a fabric marker and carefully cut along the points you have drawn on the fabric. It's always best to have spare fabric left over than not have enough.
How To Sew a Poncho
Sewing a poncho is far easier than you may think. Its simple design and minimal cuts make it a great beginner's project, but you can also add more advanced embellishments if you're a pro. Before sewing, it's always best to read the pattern first and ensure you understand all the steps. Our With Love Poncho pattern provides a detailed step-by-step guide to help you create your poncho with ease.
Sewing your own poncho gives you the opportunity to pick your own fabric. This means you can choose a fabric that suits your favourite season, or one that transcends seasonality and is the perfect layering option.
Now that you know the basics of ponchos – from how to wear them to how to sew them – it's time for you to start creating yours. With Pattern Emporium's With Love Poncho sewing pattern, you will be able to make ponchos to your heart's content! Get sewing today, and join our Facebook community to be surrounded by fellow sewing enthusiasts.