Thursday, November 15, 2012

Minoru Jacket in Detail


 
Pattern:  Sewaholic Minoru Jacket
Fabric:  Stretch Denim in Turquoise, flannel interlining, Anti Pill fleece in Charcoal Gray, cotton woven polka dots for pockets/collar lining
Notions:  Velcro and a Parka Dual Separating Zipper

Minoru back
 
I find it a bit nerve wracking when sewing a pattern for the first time from a new-to-me designer.  I worry whether it'll be worth the $$ and if the pattern will turn out the way I envisioned.  Overall, I think the Minoru pattern is a good one.  I was a little disappointed that the pattern is printed on tissue paper.  I've become accustomed to Oliver + S and Clever Charlotte who have their patterns printed on a sturdier medium.  I tried my best to be careful when unfolding the pattern sheet but I ended up ripping it a bit.:( 
 
There were a few places I got stuck...mainly regarding the collar and hood.  That's where the sewalong came in handy.  I had a laptop set up behind my chair and would turn around every so often to double check that I was assembling the jacket correctly. 
 
I don't have any pictures of my "issue" but what I didn't like was the raw edge inside the zippered hood pocket.  I saw that a few other bloggers mentioned the same problem.  I ended up ripping out my topstitching from steps #8 and 18, trimming the seam allowance even more, and then topstitching so that the raw seam was enclosed. 
 
Changes made to pattern:
interlining
in seam pockets
lined the hood
took in the side seams below the elastic by 3/4"
 
For the interlining, I cut out the main pattern pieces (sleeves, front, back) from flannel in addition to the stretch denim.  I then basted the flannel to the denim and treated it as one.  I did trim the seam allowance on the flannel to reduce some of the bulk.
 
 
I added pockets using the tutorial from Sew Well.  She provides a pocket pattern piece that is a great size.  I put in my pockets 1 1/2" down from the bottom elastic line per her update.  The pockets work fine but having them in the seam places them a little far back.  Next time, I'll probably do angled welt pockets in the front or patch pockets. 
 

Minoru full
 
I did end up taking in the bottom half as the curve was a little too pronounced on me.  I definitely have a pear shape but not THAT much of a pear.  *It might have been the stretch denim stretching out some.*  The very last picture with the umbrella was before the alteration.
 

minoru open
 
In conclusion, I'm mostly happy with the fit.  It's a little roomy above the elastic waist but if I'm going to be layering clothes on underneath I don't want it too tight.  I love the depth of the hood...it's perfect!  The jacket is nice and warm and should see me through most of our winter weather. 
 
I wore my jacket on Tuesday night for my son's Tournament football game.  The temperature was in the low 40's with rain and wind.  I stood out there for 2 hours and wasn't cold!  I'll be wearing it again tonight for the final game....let's hope it's not raining.
 
 
 

Minoru Jacket


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28 comments:

  1. I think it looks super! Really well done.

    And I looked at one photo with the umbrella and I think it is much improved after you took it in.

    Enjoy your jacket!

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  2. Wow it looks great! I love the color!

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    1. Thank you! I broke out of my black and gray rut with this one.:)

      Cindy

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  3. It looks wonderful on you Cindy! I hope you get to wear it lots...I wear mine a lot, despite the "mono-boob" it gives me!

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  4. It's gorgeous, Cindy - looks very professional.
    I HATE tissue patterns so much - that is what is stopping me from starting some of my Colette patterns.....sigh.......

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    1. Yeah, I kind of assumed since it was an independent designer that it wouldn't be on tissue. Though, if I had really looked at the sewalong pictures first I would have known. I have yet to try any of the Colette patterns I bought last year too...

      Thanks, Justine!

      Cindy

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  5. Wow! it's just amazing, gorgeous color. You've done a great job making it your own. I'm most scared of sewing outerwear for myself because I don't have a good sense for how to make it fit without over correcting and I can't deciding on a style which will flatter. But I hate being cold so I should just start trying things. Taking in the hip looks great, good call.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I probably should have used a fabric with out stretch in it for my first try but I couldn't resist the color.:) I have a hard time finding jackets/coats in the store that I like so I figured I had nothing to lose with sewing my own. As talented a sewist as you are, you should have no problems making outerwear for yourself!

      Cindy

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  6. WOW!!! Cindy, your jacket looks fabulous... so professionally sewn!!!! I don't know that I've ever seen stretch denim in this colour. It really suits you!!! Taking it in at the bottom has made it a perfect fit, too.

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  7. Good gravy you are impressive!! Love the coat - it's really lovely. I am giggling at the picture of you with your wintery coat and flip flops though :). (Really I'm just jealous - by the time we need those coats here we are in frickin mukluks ;).

    Anyway - you look great, and the coat is gorgeous on you. Can I make a request? Update us in a couple of months about how it's worked for you; what you like and don't like? I love what you've done; I just always wonder how these things work as a "wear it all the time" item :).

    xo

    Christy.

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    1. hehe...I was making an early morning school run and didn't feel like putting "real" shoes on!

      I will absolutely update on how the coat is working. It's been my go to coat all week for standing out at the bus stop and for football games so I can confidently say, I'll be wearing it a lot.:) I am contemplating sewing another one up with out the extra layer and hood for when the weather isn't that chilly and to carry me through until summer. We'll see...

      Thanks!

      Cindy

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  8. I am so happy to have read your post. I purchased this pattern and it is creeping up to the top of my project list, so I will definitely be re-reading when I finally get to that point. Looks great on you and perfect color.

    Do you have a good source for the grey fleece?

    Erin

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    1. Erin, I had grand plans for ordering an outerwear fabric and some Malden Mills fleece but I was in such a hurry that I bought all my fabrics (except for the flannel that was from my stash) at Joann Fabrics. The fleece I used is their Anti Pill.:) Thanks!

      Cindy

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  9. Hi Cindy, I've featured your Minoru Jacket today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/11/threading-your-way-features_17.html

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  10. The alteration really looks nice. Outwear intimidates me. I think it is that fear of additional $$ and time spent, if it was a crash and burn it would hurt that much more! I've been loving reading your jacket posts though- Maybe I'll be brave enough to line up some spring jackets for me or the kids, that still gives me a lot of time!

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    1. Outerwear isn't hard so much as time consuming...at least in my opinion.:) Sewing up K's Ottobre Design duffle coat really boosted my confidence. Plus, the Minoru pattern had so many positive reviews that I felt like I could make it work. Spring jackets are a good place to start as you're not dealing with so many bulk! Thank you.:)

      Cindy

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  11. This jacket was such a huge undertaking (I don't think I could ever sew something like this), the result is just fabulous. I'm loving the turquoise & it perfectly matches the color of your sweater. The jacket fits you so well, bravo to you on a job well done !

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  12. The color of this coat is AMAZING! I'm so impressed. I also really like the fun fabric you used to line your pockets. You've got great taste, Cindy, what can I say?

    Maybe one day, I'll be a savvy enough sewist to venture into outerwear. You inspire me to work hard so I can get there.

    -Lauren

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! Saving all those random scraps from other sewing projects pays off when one is looking for fabric for pocket bags.;)

      I think you could handle this pattern with no problems. The sewalong is a real help for any of the sticky parts!

      Cindy

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  13. It looks great Cindy - and sounds like it is getting lots of wear. Very professional job - it must be nice to say "I made it" when you get compliments.

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  14. Your jacket looks terrific! I had hoped to sew a minoru this fall but I will have to live vicariously through your post :) I really appreciate all your thoughts on the pattern, I'll definitely look back to this when I finally attempt mine.

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    1. Thank you! It's definitely my go to jacket so far.:) I would love to have one made from water resistant fabric...perhaps next year!

      Cindy

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  15. This is really lovely! It's definitely better with your fit alteration. I'm surprised the pattern didn't include pockets.

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    1. Thanks, Joy! Anytime the temps have been below 55 degrees I've been wearing the coat.:)

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  16. This is so wonderful! It's my favorite color, which makes me want to make a coat in a similar color. The print in the pockets is perfect. I think it fits well and is very flattering. You did such a great job.

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    1. Thank you, Becca! I'm quite fond of this color too.:)

      C

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