The Estelle Ponte Jacket by Style Arc was one of the patterns for February for the Sew My Style Challenge. I made mine using a soft knit fabric in off white I picked up at Joann’s.
When I purchased the pattern for the jacket I spent some time looking around the Style Arc website and I fell in love. They have so many awesome patterns that I need in my life. The bonus is you get a free pattern when you purchase a pdf pattern on their site. The free pattern choice changes every month so make sure you check on the first to see what your options are. When I bought the jacket pattern I received a pattern for some cute leggings. After I completed the jacket I loved how it worked up, and the instructions they used so I went on a bit of a spree. I bought the High Streets and Coffee pattern bundle, another pair of pants and a tunic dress. I am going to be wearing their patterns forever!
It took me a couple of hours to get the pdf pattern together (just like every other one you will buy) and get the fabric cut out. Once I started sewing I had the jacket completed in less than an hour. There are only 9 seams in this pattern and 4 of them are only a few inches each. It took me longer to press the seams than anything. Now that I have it figured out I am thinking of making one in a red for the holidays this year.
I left out the top stitching on the shoulder seams and the pockets. I know they can be awesome but when I wear a loose jacket like this I would just get upset with the pockets flopping around loose inside.
I need to trim the sleeves a bit shorter. I made them exactly like the pattern but they are about 5 inches to long for me. Bear in mind I am only 5′ 3″ on a good day so most sleeves are to long for me. I recommend you make it and see if you need to alter the sleeve length after because the shoulder seam falls below the shoulder mark.
I had some trouble with the shoulder seams. I didn’t understand that the center part of the shoulders was sewn separately and had to unstitch it and then start over. I am pretty sure I just read it wrong, but when I did it in the sections as told it went together easy.
Make sure to mark the notches for the sleeves. The sleeve tops are not symmetrical, you need the notches to mark up which side is the back.