Pattern Review: StyleArc Ursula Ponte Skirt

Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website, “Up to the minute styling gives you a fashionable skirt which is a wardrobe staple for this season. Make it all in one fabric or contrast the side panels as seen in all the latest fashion magazines.”

Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10

Fabric Used: Designer Rayon SCUBA Knit Fabric in Rose Smoke from Gorgeous Fabrics

Machines and Tools Used: Juki MO654DE home serger, Pfaff sewing machine.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needles, 1 ½ inch elastic from
Pamela’s Patterns, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: And Now, a Word from The Pressinatrix

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? They were fine. If you have any sewing experience, you really don’t need them. This is a super easy, really fast pattern to make. It’s just 5 seams and a hem. The trickiest part, if you can consider it so, is attaching the elastic to the inside waistband. And even that is super easy. The SA instructions have you stitch it at the sides to prevent rolling. I opted instead to use a three-stitch zigzag along the top of the elastic. Both will do the trick; my way keeps the elastic in place a little better. But it’s really a minor preference.

Serged all the seams; zigzagged the elastic at the top.

Serged all the seams; zigzagged the elastic at the top.

Construction Notes: I serged the seams, and I used a narrow (.5mm) zigzag stitch set to 3.0mm for the hem. I got some skipped stitches. I tried a different brand of needle from my usual Schmetz, and I don’t think it works quite as well.

Likes/Dislikes: Super, super easy skirt. From start to finish this takes about an hour. I could see making an entire wardrobe of these, if you wear skirts a lot.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. Great pattern, beautifully drafted. It goes together in a flash and gives great results. It’s a great wardrobe builder.

Here are a couple of ways to style it:

With a knit top for a more casual look

With a knit top for a more casual look

Dress it up with a Chanel-style jacket

Dress it up with a Chanel-style jacket

Interesting – IRL, the pinks in the skirt and jacket match perfectly, but the jacket looks more yellow in the picture. Oh well (shrugs)

Happy sewing!

3 thoughts on “Pattern Review: StyleArc Ursula Ponte Skirt”

  1. Cissie says:

    I’ve made this skirt several times. You’re right, Ann. It is so fast and easy and a great wardrobe staple. Pull it on and go!

  2. Robyn Kirk says:

    I really like Style Arc Fay Skirt. Have used the pattern several times and love the fact that there is no hem to worry about.
    Cheers from New Zealand!

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