|Sewaholic Patterns: 1103 (Minoru Jacket) - Type:Coat/Jacket|
Review submitted in 2013 Lined Jacket Contest Contest
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Silk Brocade [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: From the pattern envelope-The Minoru Jacket is a zip-front weekend jacket with a secret hood hidden inside the wide collar! If you prefer, skip the hood and let the dramatic collar be the focus. Flattering raglan sleeves are comfortable and easy-to-sew, and the elastic waistline creates a slim, curve-hugging silhouette.|
No need to choose between having a hood OR a cute collar. The hood is tucked away in the wide, roomy collar, ready for when you need it, but stays hidden when you don't! The collar looks great done up or left open. The jacket is fully lined, with interior patch pockets to stash your cards and keys safely and out of sight. Practical and pretty!
Pattern Sizing:Sizes: 0-16 (all sizes are included in one pattern)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes - to which the myriad versions and rave reviews can attest. Sewaholic's sew along is very helpful.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?What I feel makes this jacket so special and its appeal so widespread is how it easily it adapts to many fabrics. The first rate drafting allows for a professional looking finish even if, like me, this is your first lined jacket. The raglan sleeves and soft shoulder gathers are my favorite features and the ones that make for a most forgiving fit. No dislikes, although if I were to sew another hoodless version I might reduce the height of the collar and interface it. I would also add welt pockets, depending upon the fabric.
Fabric Used:Marc Jacobs trapunto textured silk brocade for the outer layer and Anna Sui silk/cotton blend twill for the lining, both from Mood Fabrics. Photos don't fully capture the sheen of the plum colored silk. I wish you could see how it glows in sunlight, much like the sweetgrass that is blooming all over the lowcountry at this time of year and has been woven into baskets by the sea island Gullahs for centuries. I was very pleased with the color match and fast delivery on the YKK zipper I ordered from sewbizfabrics.com.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I did not stray from the design or instructions, other than to use 1 1/2" elastic at the waist because that's what I had on hand and to eliminate the elasticized cuffs to help make the look a little less casual. Oh- and I opted for only one pocket with a snap closure. That's plenty of space to fit my bank card, my phone and a lipstick, which is all I really need to go anywhere.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I'm sure I will sew this again. I already have a soft lambs leather version and one in metallic linen swimming around in my head. If anyone has information on sources for skins I'd love to hear.
Conclusion: I'm so glad that contest manager Dorcas recommended this pattern to me for the lined jacket contest or I most likely would never have given it a try. It truly does fill the "smart casual" gap in my outerwear wardrobe and will be great with jeans or leggings and boots this winter.
Photographed with Lekala 4042 top in rayon lycra blend and McCalls 6173 leggings in faux stretch leather/ponte combination.
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