Hot! The Basket Case Poncho

So tonight it’s officially Summer in Sydney – finally! It’s been dreary until now but it’s over 30 degrees and far too hot to wearing woolen garments and silk scarves!

You should have been there for the to doozy argument my husband and I had about the appalling dinner I served up after the photoshoot!

I am the basket case in this photo!

I thought this 50’s poncho was totally cute and now I think I hate it. I love the Pattern’s art work – is so seductive. But in reality – so ugly. The fabric, the sack like shape – I will wear it again – peeking out under a coat as a layer (it does get pretty cold here – there is not snow on the ground but hey).

The pattern went together perfectly – the wool is a plain weave known as Basket weave – see the yarns hopping over one another. I dawdled as I made it so it took too long. Pulling the yarns out was kinda therapeutic. I should go back and run a line of zig-zag stitch across them to ensure they don’t fray more than that. But really – I am not bothered.

The Facts
Fabric: Wool Basketweave from the Op Shop – $10
Pattern: Simplicity 3600 – 50 cents
Year: Circa 1950’s
Notions: Just thread
Time to complete: 6 hours – too long
First worn: For the photos
Wear again? Yes in Winter peeking out from under a coat!
Total price: $10.50

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Trish lives in Sydney and has way more thrifted patterns and fabric than her fair share. She studied fashion design in her former life and sews while trying to not to burn the dinner.


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  1. I agree – the artwork is rather appealing. Well, you may not love it now, but I think it will be great for layering and the fabric itself is quite likeable.

  2. Thise fringed edges are cute! I think I’d wear it with a long sleeved t shirt or something.

  3. I like the fabric a lot and the sleeve edges are cool.

  4. Thanks everyone. I need to put it away for a couple of months and pull it out when the weather is cold. Might feel differently!?