Style Arc Marni Ponti Jacket: A winner

Quick construction process, forgiving fabric to sew with, great design details—what’s not to love about Style Arc’s Marni Ponti Jacket! Have you tried making your own version yet?

Style Arc Marni Jacket pattern

I am a sucker for peplums because I think they cover a multitude of sins, PLUS they are pretty and feminine. They were still all over the runway in this spring’s fashion shows, as well as still appearing in some of the Big Four pattern designs. A little flouncy in the back, two topstitched pleats in the front, and you have a jazzy little peplum most would love wearing. The 3/4 sleeves on this light jacket are my “sleeve length de rigueur”.  (Pretty much as soon as I became a mother I dumped long sleeves for 3/4 length; it really reduced the number of garments coated with spaghetti sauce, amiright?) Details, ladies, it is all in the details, and I love pretty much all of them on this jacket.

Style Arc Marni Jacket made by Sew Maris

I made my Marni from a fairly lightweight inky navy ponte in my stash. In retrospect I wish it had a touch more body, but I will wear it for a while and see how I like it. Although it is called a jacket, in a lighter weight fabric it is almost a cardigan. Oh, and the only fitting adjustment I made was to petite the upper body by 3/8 of an inch. Easy peasy.

Style Arc Marni Jacket made by Sew Maris

The back is very simple, tho I do love the cuff turnback. Just right for showing off some of my silver bracelets!

Style Arc Marni Jacket (button closeup) made by Sew Maris

The pattern specified a large hook and eye closure, and as you can see in the pattern cover, it is styled with a belt. Well, I know me, and while a belt probably WOULD look great on this jacket, a single good-looking button simplifies both dressing and wearing. I really hate adjusting and fiddling with clothes on my body; I prefer the “throw on and go” approach. Besides, this button is PURRR-fect. No buttonhole, just a single button for another finishing detail, and a hook and eye closure underneath.

Style Arc Marni Jacket made by Sew Maris

Now let’s take a peek inside. You can see I stitched the entire jacket on my sewing machine—no serging. It just felt like too much thread for the design + fabric. I am pretty sure my stitch width was set to 1.0 and length to 3.0 (or maybe 3.5). The topstitching on the front princess seam + peplum pleat holds those seam allowances where they belong, and I did a blind catch stitch on the hem and all the way up the front facing to hold those edges in place. Remember, soft knits want to slide around, so I am much happier now with the roll of the shawl collar all the way down the front of the jacket. It just took a little fabric-bossing to get everyone in line. Oh, and a little seam binding up top to stay the shoulders, and that’s about it, folks. This is a case where Style Arc DOES = EASY.

Just a little teaser….there IS more on the way for this ensemble. If I could only get a little more time under the sewing machine!

Happy sewing!





14 Responses to Style Arc Marni Ponti Jacket: A winner

  1. I have been thinking about this jacket Maris, maybe I’ll bite the bullet and try it. Just tried to make Cutting Line Designs “A Cute Angle” and the bust darts ended up in a really weird place. I think that princess seams style cuts are better designs for my figure type. Then again, maybe I should just give up on wovens, there’s no slack if the sizing isn’t perfect.

    Do you think the Marni sizing is pretty accurate, when taking your body measurements and using Style Arc’s suggested sizing? I wish they had multiple sized patterns!

    • Cindy – I think princess seams are better for most fittings. All I can say about Style Arc is they fit closer to RTW than Vogue, McCalls, etc. SO I buy a size 12 pattern, and so far have not had to make many adjustments to either tops or bottoms. Give it a try! It is only a little bit of fabric and time if it doesn’t work, and you should learn something in the end anyway. Good luck!


    • You do, Melissa! Remember to model to your kids that they need to take time for themselves (as adults!!) too. Usually not a problem with kids taking time for themselves when they are young. 😉

      This is a great jacket to jump back into sewing with – very easy and nice looking. I think the thing that took the most time was “hanging time” while I hemm’ed and haw’ed about whether I was going to do the blind catchstitch. I think the machine sewing only took a few hours. Anyway – good luck getting back to sewing for YOU!

  2. Another wonderful jacket! I have been reluctant to try a Style Arc because of the one size pattern. I think I need to get over it and just order and adjust as necessary. I think I want to copy most of your wardrobe!

    • Thanks Annette! Definitely give Style Arc a try. You might find they are not to your liking – but I really sew mostly for myself, so one size is fine. I guess the only issue is if you are one size on top and a different on the bottom – but fit for whichever is hardest to adjust, and grade out the other. I find I fiddle so much with McCalls/Vogue, etc that “one size” that fits better to begin with is not an issue. But that’s me! Let me know what you decide to do…tho of course I will know when I read your blog posts. 😉 Keep sewing!

      • I’m actually three sizes! I’m largest on the shoulders/bust/back, a size smaller on the waist and another size or two on my hip/thighs. I used to cross from one size grouping to the next for the Big 4, now I am mostly in one size. I should just learn to draft everything.

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