Saturday, June 25, 2016

Open Poncho

How fun is this poncho to make which fits just about anybody.  Make it on a resist with one layer of fine wool roving sandwiched between two layers of silk.  One side is completely open and the other side has a sleeve and is closed.  It is reversible too and is a beautiful accessory to a solid outfit whether it be a dress, leggings and a top or over jeans and a tee. 

I wasn't thrilled with the yellow silk that I used on the bottom of the garment so I dyed it a dark brown color by first soaking it in a mixture of water and white vinegar and then putting it in the microwave in a gallon size zip lock bag for 2 1/2 minutes for 3 consecutive times with a 1 minute rest in between.

The bottom hole was a little bigger than I had wanted so to compensate, I made some felted balls and hung them from the hole - great look.  There is always a way to turn a mistake into a design element.

 It's a terrific one size fits all to leave one side completely open while enclosing the second side.
 I am so loving the Caribbean inspired turquoise and browns.