February has absolutely flown by! Of course being the shortest month of the year I decided to set myself the longest list of sewing. One of those and one of the #sewmystyle2018 patterns for February was the Estelle Ponte Jacket from Style Arc Patterns.
I had this camel sherpa fabric in my stash just waiting for a pattern like the Estelle. I picked it up from the remnant bin at Spotlight a few years ago (I think it cost me $10 – $15!) Whilst I love the way my Estelle turned out I would not recommend using this fabric if you have never sewn the Estelle before. Sewing with Sherpa is not an easy task (I used a combination of my overlocker and sewing machine) especially when you are rushing like I was. I was too scared to cut into this fabric so I left it right until the last minute (bad move)
The instructions for this jacket are very minimal. It is literally one page with pictures and no real instructions. Luckily our leader Maddie from Maddie Made This put together a sew a long for the Estelle which explained the steps in pictures. My first go at sewing this jacket was dismal – I was rushing and whatever I did to the back was horribly wrong. I ended up unpicking the back and as soon as I did I could see exactly how it was supposed to go together. This is why I suggest not making it out of something like a Sherpa the first time you sew it as you cannot see what you are sewing as well.
I didn’t add in sleeves a) due to the fabric but b) because I knew I would get more wear out of this as a vest. I also decided not to add in pockets due to the thickness of the fabric however I keep trying to put my hands in my pockets so I’ll be adding these in to future versions (because there will be many, many versions!)
I made a size 6 and this fits me perfectly up the top but I did need to take around 5 inches off of the length. I know quite a few people had issues with the shoulder measurements putting them in a size 26 or 28 when they were usually an 8 or 10 (as an example) I am not sure why this was the case as my measurements put me in at a size 6 however I did pass this feedback on to Style Arc.
Overall I am really pleased with how this version turned out and I will definitely be adding more Estelle’s to my wardrobe this year!
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