For the Februral Sew My Style Challenge, there were two different jacket options. The absolutely beautiful Rumana Coat from By Hand London and the very on trend Estelle Ponte Jacket from Style Arc. I had every intention to try my hand a both this month, but February turned out to be pretty busy and I wanted to be able to give the Rumana the time it deserves. I have some beautiful blue wool that I picked up from a fabric store that was closing several years ago, and have been saving for a project just like this. So, once I have the time to devote to it, I will have a blue wool Rumana Coat some day.
For this month I did make the Estelle Ponte Jacket. I probably wouldn’t have been a big fan of the jacket, because I feel like I get lost in the vast amount of fabric involved in jackets like that. However, I had some reversable/ double sided knit from Joanns that was perfect for the project. I have a cropped waterfall jacket I love, so I decided to try something similar with mine. I measured my RTW one and ended up cutting about 11” off the bottom of the pattern to make mine. This was my first ever Style Arc pattern I had ever made. I knew that their patterns only come with the size you order and one size on either side of the one you order. However, this puts a lot of pressure on you when ordering.
I measured twice and went with 18. After sewing it up, I probably could have sized down at least 2 sizes. However, it does fit well through the shoulders, so maybe this was the best size. I made no other adjustments other than cutting off the bottom of the front and back pattern pieces. I used my RTW one as a rough guide and held it up to the back piece. Once I cut it, I matched up the bottom of the armsycle to the front piece and cut it off at the same point. I was tempted to cut it at a slant, but decided against it. Although I might try that the next time to see what would happen.
I actually really ended up liking this pattern. It is super comfy and it sort of elevates anything it is worn with. I wore it with jeans and a pocket t and got asked by several friends why I was so dressed up. Score! I love easy glam! It does have a lot of material in the body and the sleeves could definetly be taken in a lot, so I might try to make a little sleeker one in the future. But for now, I love this one. It is a very quick pattern to sew, I think from taping to wearing it took a little over an hour. The neck construction is a tad confusing, and the pattern in general could use a few more words in the directions, but the diagram was very helpful, and ended up being all I really needed. So, if you are not very comfortable with sewing without a guide, this might not be the best pattern for you. I am not sure if the simplicity of the pattern made the instructions so sparse or if that is indicative of the entire pattern line. I would be willing to try another pattern from this designer as it really is a very modern fresh looking end product.