Seamingly Smitten Mommy & Me Ponchos

Welcome to Day 5 of the Seamingly Smitten Catherine Poncho Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo. I’ve noticed a bit of a trend with the previous days of this tour. Have you? Well, I’m here to break that lovely, fall backdrop trend. We’re bringing this blog tour to the frozen tundra of Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA! I really shouldn’t complain about “frozen tundra,” it is afterall a whopping 8 degrees today, (that’s roughly 46 for those of you on the Farenheit system). Without further ado…..Enter, the snowy backdrop!


I should also point out that while my title suggests this is a Mommy & Me gig going on, it is in fact Grandma & Me. Thank you ever so much to Grandma Pat for stepping in for this Mama – huzzah to wearing the same size! My kids have been battling the flu one after another, and while my oldest who is in the recovery stages was still willing to do her photos, this Mama couldn’t bear the thought of apply mascara or brushing my hair. Don’t judge. We’ve all been there. No?  Just me? Ooooookie dokie then. Carrying right along.

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Look at this gorgeous girl? It’s been two years since I’ve played around on this blog, (or with my sewing machines on a regular basis for that matter), and she’s grown so much since her last feature. She is rocking the Catherine’s Cowl Neck Poncho for Girls in a size 8. The girl’s pattern ranges in size 2T-16, and features curved or straight
sides, a cowl neck or cowl neck hood, optional kangaroo pocket and armhole slits! Shhh…. I stole that description straight from the site. Moving on from the plagiarism….

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Danica’s poncho is made of fleece, but the pattern can be made in a wide variety of fabrics from comfy flannel, to double brushed poly, to sweater knits, and more. Obviously keep the stretch, and hand of the fabric in mind when making your selection. That sounds like a public service message. For Danica’s poncho I opted for straight sides instead of the curved. And guess what? I didn’t hem them! Shock, gasp, amazement. It’s fleece. It doesn’t technically need to be hemmed. I hemmed the hood, can I get half a point for that? Other than not hemming, the pattern is followed to the letter. I think the only thing I might do for the next one is line her hood. I’m a sucker for a good lined hood. That’s my own person preference and the pattern certainly wouldn’t be better or worse off for it.

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Pat is rocking MY size XL Catherine’s Cowl Neck Poncho for Women, which comes in sizes XS-XXXL. That’s right, it’s still mine, I didn’t let her keep it, I’m rude like that. Just because I don’t want my photo taken doesn’t mean I don’t want my poncho. I mean, check out that stripe matching on the pocket. The side seams match spot on too, you just can’t tell from the photos. I don’t want to brag or anything, but, GORGEOUS! I love working with stripes, and the sense of accomplishment when then match up. Speaking of the pocket – I added length to the bottom of mine to line up with the stripes. I also lowered the position of mine. Ladies with bosoms, here’s my tip: either measure from your actual shoulder down to where you want your pocket to start and mark that length on your front piece, or lay the front piece of the poncho on yourself and mark with a pin on the fabric where you want the pocket to start. Whichever method you choose, if you have a bit extra to go over, you might not want to do this. You don’t want the pocket to end up mid bosom. It wouldn’t have been mid bosom, but you get what I’m saying. I also added length to my poncho. There are three different lengths you can choose from – petite, regular, and tall. I opted somewhere past regular but before tall, and only because I let the stripes be my guide on this poncho journey. Like Danica’s poncho I opted not to hem, and went with the straight sides again.

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The patterns come together really quickly. I think the longest part for me was taping the pattern pieces together, and that’s only because I’m super ocd about lining everything up perfectly. The beautiful thing about the pattern pieces is that the pages do NOT need to be trimmed, and they do NOT need to be overlapped. Huzzah! That’s such a win in my books.


The Catherine’s Cowl Neck Poncho sewing patterns can be purchased separately, or as a Mommy and Me Bundle. Bundling saves you some pennies, so if you know you’ll be sewing for yourself and the mini peeps in your life, go for the bundle. Seamingly Smitten is offering you a way to save quite a few pennies from now until December 17. A 40% off code is being offered for this blog tour, which is not only good for your poncho pattern purchases (yay alliteration), but the entirety of your purchases on the site. Use code: PONCHOTOUR.

seamingly smiten catherin blog tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo

Don’t forget to check out all of the stops on the Seamingly Smitten Catherine Poncho Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo:

  1. Monday December 4th: Seams Sew Lo
  2. Tuesday December 5th: Aurora Designs
  3. Wednesday December 6th: Sewjourns
  4. Thursday December 7th: My Sewing Roots
  5. Friday December 8th: Manning the Machine
  6. Friday December 8th: Minns Things


Thank you so much for stopping by. Thank you for having me, Seams Sew Lo. Pop on over to Seamingly Smitten’s facebook group and give a big thank you for the discount code. Besides, you’ll never know when a free pattern, a new pattern, or more discount codes might pop up. Be in the know by joining the group.

About manningthemachine

I'm Laura. Mama to four, and wife to one awesome guy. I'm ever so slightly sarcastic. Just a little bit. I like to quote movies, but since our house is managed by little people, most of those quotes come from kiddie shows. At least my husband generally gets the references. It makes me feel less awkward. I took sewing lessons starting at the age of 8, through the Kids Can Sew program. I took lessons for four or five years. Then I became a snotty teen and decided sewing was lame. I've repented of my ways, and enjoy sewing for my little ones. And sometimes other people. And almost never for myself. Oh hey. My blog name. "Manning The Machine." I think it's probably only funny if you know me in real life. And even then, maybe it is only funny to me. My last name is Manning. This is a blog about my sewing. Manning The (Sewing) Machine. Do you get it? Do you? No. That's fine. I think it's funny even if you don't.
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3 Responses to Seamingly Smitten Mommy & Me Ponchos

  1. Pingback: Seamingly Smitten Catherine Poncho Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo - Seams Sew Lo

  2. Minn says:

    I love both your ponchos! That’s a nice trick to just not hem it at all – my fabric would roll up as hell, but yours seems to do fine. And it is always so satisfying to see stripes matched up so well 🙂


  3. Seams Sew Lo says:

    That My Little Pony Poncho!! I just love it! Your stripe matching is amazing!


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