#SewMyStyle2018 Estelle

Hi there! Hope everything’s good with you?

Today I want to share my make for this month’s Sew My Style challenge. There were actually two patterns to pick from this month: the By Hand London Rumana coat and the Style Arc Estelle.

The Rumana is a thing of beauty, the perfect classic tailored coat. Obviously I bought the pattern as soon as the discount codes were announced.


I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with all the non sewing stuff going on this month and I also wanted to sew from my stash as much as possible, so I was a little hesitant to commit to a big make like this.

Which is where Estelle comes in. This transitional coat/cardigan is designed for ponte or other stable knits; it has a gorgeous waterfall collar and neither the collar, cuffs or hem are designed to be finished at all. Sounds like a quick stash sew to me!

I dithered a little between the grey ponte I had in my stash and this teal ponte (scuba? Definitely very man made and very smooth but with great drape) which I had forgotten but found when rummaging through boxes for the grey.

I slept on it and then went with the teal; why go subtle?

This was an incredibly easy make to pull together. Conscious of the lack of finishing on a lot of the edges, I took a little more time with my rotary cutter when cutting out, making sure the edges were as smooth as possible.

I then discovered that I had no matching thread 😱 Remember I do most of my sewing when the kids are in bed so I couldn’t just pop up the road to Hobbycraft. In the end I decided that a deep blue was close enough in tone and went with that.

I did all the sewing on my normal machine, using my walking foot and a ballpoint needle. I’d normally use my overlocker but decided I needed to be a little careful about seam allowances on this one. As per the instructions, I topstitched down the centre back seam and the neck seam. I also stitched the seam allowances down onto the pocket bags before sewing the side seams as I thought they may well be visible when the jacket was on and so wanted them nice and neat.

I added some bar tacks as suggested at the top and bottom of each pocket. I also stitched just a little of the side seam down at the bottom to make sure there was no break in that nice, smooth bottom hem.

The whole thing was done in under 2 hours which is definitely what I needed this week. And I’m surprised how much I like it!

I can see this being great to throw on when it’s warmer as a jacket but for today, it’s working as a long cardi over skinny jeans and a turtle neck top for taking the littlest girl to birthday parties; comfy but a little more stylish!

This was also my first use of Style Arc Patterns. I should mention that, when you buy these as PDF’s, you get three separate files; the size you pick and the size above and below that. I’m not too sure how easy it would be to blend between sizes in that way, but thankfully I didn’t need to here.

Thanks for the discount code on this, I’m really enjoying it!

Did you join in this month?

Becca x


Pattern Style Arc “Estelle

Fabric stashed ponte/scuba type knit

My measurements

Bust 35″

Waist 31″

Hips 40″

Size cut 10

Adjustments made none

Future adjustments none

Make again? Maybe? It’s a lovely jacket, it’s just one of those where I don’t know that I need multiple versions in my wardrobe. Never say never though!

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  1. Wow thanks for the tip about the pattern files! I’ve looked at Style Arc patterns a few times but never used one. My waist and hip measurements are so wildly different I need to grade almost every dress/trouser/ skirt pattern I’ve ever made so will be wary of paying for any pdf Style Arc patterns which aren’t tops! Thanks for sharing – your jacket looks gorgeous in that teal!

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    1. Thanks! It is a slightly odd way of selling things to me but I guess at least you do get the different sizes. I’m going to be making one from a paper pattern soon so guess I will be able to see how they’re nested


      1. I’m afraid the paper patterns are one size only not 3 nested patterns so grading is not an easy task. This is why I will buy top and dress patterns from them that have a slightly boxier fit but fitted trousers would just be a PIA to try and make with my pear shape.

        I love your Estelle btw and seeing all the SMS Estelles has convinced me I need this pattern in my stash!

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    1. Thank you!
      I really enjoyed making my first coat last year but I took my time and did it properly so I want to do the same with Rumana. There have been so many great versions this month!


  2. I’ve never used a PDF by StyleARc (not liking PDF in general 🙂 ) but their printed patterns are wonderful. I always love their styling and their patterns are so well drafted – their instructions are little “intuitive” but very doable. LOVE your cardi! You picked absolutely the best fabric for this pattern – its drapes down the front so nicely and the unfinished hem works especially well with this fabric as well. I’m sure you’ll get many happy years wearing this one!

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  3. It looks great on you. I opted out of Sew my style, simply because I have loads of unseen patterns and I’m keen to recycle as much as I can from the stash this year, but I really enjoy seeing makes by others and this one is great. I’ve never sewn style arc, but would like to at some point.

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    1. Thanks! I know the feeling with a big stash of unsewn patterns, but I thought the monthly challenge would keep me motivated to use my fabric stash at least, which is definitely a bigger problem for me! Baby steps and all that 🤣


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