Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Paprika Patterns Jade Skirt and another Style Arc Estelle Jacket





Continuing on with my love affair with Style Arc ponte, I have created this ensemble using the Paprika Patterns Jade Skirt and the Style Arc Estelle Ponte Jacket. Fabric is a taupe ponte purchased from Style Arc, which is currently unavailable.


This is the second time I have made the Estelle jacket and I don't really have anything more to add about this pattern, except that I love it and it has been getting a lot of wear. You can read about my first one here.


I still couldn't leave the edges raw. This time I turned a 1cm hem twice and machine stitched close to the edge.


The Jade Skirt is a "curve-hugging skirt that you'll feel comfortable in" according to the website description. The unusual folds on the front are what make this skirt stand out from the usual fitted knit skirt patterns available.


These required precise accuracy at the construction stage, which was not that difficult...just a bit fiddly. The instructions were excellent and there is also a short video on the website, which I found very helpful. I lined the skirt with Vanity Fair Lingerie Tricot purchased from Knitwit. Each fold is sewn to the lining to keep it in place.


The skirt is very figure hugging, and I would only feel comfortable wearing it with a long jacket . I like the shape of the skirt paired with the shape of the jacket. The jacket also works well with pants and in the photo below I am wearing it with Style Arc Elle Pants on our recent holiday to Western Australia. The photo is taken in front of the Busselton Jetty.


Both these garments have been great additions to my wardrobe and have been worn a lot, both together and individually.

Happy Sewing

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    1. Thanks Nakisha, I was pretty pleased with it myself.

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  2. That skirt is really interesting. And the cardi is the perfect accompaniment.

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    1. Thank you Siobhan. I was really pleased with how the two garments complimented each other.

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  3. Fabulous outfit! The color of that ponte is a great neutral. This reminds me that I need to make another Jade skirt...

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    1. Thanks Meg. I purchased the taupe ponte thinking it would be a good match with my new taupe boots. Unfortunately there are many variations of taupe and my boots have a distinct greenish tinge which looks terrible with the taupe ponte. Never mind, as the black accessories have worked well.

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  4. Very stylish outfit and jacket and skirt work very well together and so does the jacket with pants. Like how the pleats in the skirt are sewn to the lining, that is a very good point.

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    1. Thanks so much Sharon. The skirt is a fabulous design. The pleats all sit beautifully because they are sewn to the lining. Also the lining is attached in such a way that all the raw edges are enclosed between the outer and the inner layers.

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    1. Thanks so much for your very kind words Kathy.

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  6. What a lovely outfit. The slightly extravagant cut of the jacket makes the neutral colour of the fabric really sophisticated and interesting. The skirt is equally stylish without being overdone. It looks very expensive!

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    1. Thank you Karen. For a pretty blah colour, I am very pleased with the result. I can create many different looks with different tops and the addition of a scarf.

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  7. I love the skirt, that pattern is a favourite with me too! Along with the jacket it makes a really nice ensemble, almost like a chic, elegant, modern suit! :)

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    1. I have admired your lovely Jade skirts Carolyn and it was seeing yours that first sparked my interest in this pattern. I know what you mean by the term "suit". Thanks for your lovely comment.

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  8. A great look and very nicely made.

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    1. Lovely to hear from you BeaJay and thank you for your kind words.

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  9. Both these garments are beautifully made. The paprika skirt is stunning, but I agree, it would take a certain confidence to wear this without a jacket. I couldn't do that either. It looks wonderful with the coat though, which needs a slim something underneath. Gorgeous colour.

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    1. Thank you Sarah Liz. I agree the slim skirt pairs well with the long jacket and Taupe is a great neutral.

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  10. I love them! They look great on you :)

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