Sock Monkey Dilemma

Sock Monkey Dilemma

I’m wish I was one of those proper sewists who chose a project, then shopped for the fabric and notions. Instead, I buy fabric on a whim without knowing what it’s for. I just want it cuz it’s pretty!

Is sewist a word? All the cool bloggers say it.

For once, I planned a project.

I actually planned to use this cute sock monkey fleece:

To make this easy poncho:

But now I’m thinking I want to make Bella a pullover hoodie. The only hoodie pattern I have is McCalls 6158.

So now all my plans are out the window.

If I go with a pullover, I’ll have to narrow cut the front bodice on the fold, after subtracting the seam allowance. Then I’ll have to narrow the bodice and sleeves. ( Because of the slight gathering.) Plus, I’ll need to omit the waistband and sleeve cuff, and add length to both.

Sounds like a lot of work to me. Hmm. But I think she’ll wear the hoodie more than the poncho.

Weigh in- extreme makeover hoodie, or easy poncho?


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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Patty Holscher

    Where did u get the fabric. I would love to have some

  2. Rachel

    I would make the hoodie. After all if you make the poncho and she doesn’t wear it then you’ll be really bummed! Adding your arm and waistband shouldn’t be too terrible at least. Do you have another pullover pattern that would work better for what you’re shooting for and your fabric. Then you can steal the hood from this one? …I like to Frankenstein stuff until I’m happy ;)

    • Amy

      Yup! As soon as I posted I started chopping away at fabric…it looks right but I haven’t put it together yet. I’m hoping I can start tomorrow but I need to make a bunch of bows for the store. I haven’t used commercial patterns a bunch yet…I haven’t frankensteined. They aren’t so different from self drafted patterns. I’m not sure why I’m so scared of them. I guess coming from a drafting background makes me not trust them? I’m not sure how to explain it, except its how I feel driving someone else’s car.

      • Rachel @ Once Upon a Sewing Machine

        Totally a legit fear. You can’t necessarily account for the ease, ect. They are like clothes until you know the brand everything has its own quirks right?


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