Winner, winner, chicken dinner – the Ursula Ponte Skirt is a great wardrobe staple to have swinging in your closet.
After seeing so many lovely garments made by my sewing peers using Style Arc patterns I thought I’d stick my toe in the water with this skirt.
The website labels the skillset required as easy to medium, but truly it leans much closer to easy.
Because I am impatient and did not wish to wait for the pattern to be mailed, I opted for the downloadable version from the Style Arc Etsy site which you can find here.
Although I am not a fan of the trimming and taping that goes along with the downloadable format, the Ursula skirt is relatively simple and didn’t take up too much time. I set up shop on my kitchen island and listened to the TV in the family room while I put this all together. You just cannot beat instant gratification.
The pattern goes together in a snap. You have a front and a back panel, two side panels which you can use to add some contrast to your skirt and a waistband to which you insert a wide width elastic. Cutting and pasting aside, it was all sewn up in the course of an evening.
I made two of these skirts as my husband and I went away for a few days and I was keen to pack knits that would travel well. The first one I made used a multi print ponte with reds and black and I used a solid black for contrast in the side panels. Here it is on me:
And because I had enough in my stash, I was able to piece together a second Ursula skirt in solid black ponte.
Now – for anyone interested in making this skirt, I will advise of two things:
- It is quite form fitting. It has been a while since I have worn something that hugs like this and it took a bit of time before I relaxed and felt comfortable.
- Tissue fit for length before you cut. I did not do this and the skirt runs a little shorter than I would prefer. My issue, not the pattern.
Normally, I steer clear of things with an elastic waistband as you can get that cinched, bunchy look that is not at all flattering. The Ursula however, calls for a wide width elastic that doesn’t get overly stretched out during sewing, which eliminates the pinching and gives a smoother look to the waist.
Pull on and you’re dressed. It doesn’t get much better than that. If time permits between other projects I have on deck, this may get made again in a summery print and colour. I will however add an inch or two to the length in any future versions to have it land atop my kneecap rather than above. Again, that is not a pattern issue; rather it is simply a personal preference.
I see more Style Arc in my future. This was a great start!