|Pattern Description: |
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.
0-16. I muslined both a size 6 & 8 but in the end went with the 8 for a bit more ease.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were; yes. In addition, the pattern designer hosted a sew along that has helpful tips & photos.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The results are just so professional. The pattern is very well drafted, the design is versatile. I love the top stitching.
This isn't so much a dislike, but I believe it is worth mentioning, you can see the seam allowances of the jacket lining inside the collar in front of the hood, so you'll want to be sure that it's finished well. I just pinked & zigzagged mine, but next time I'll bind it, I think (I don't own a serger right now).
Stretch twill from Fashion Fabrics Club. The lining is a polyester sating from fabric.com
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added welt pockets. Did a .75" broad back alteration, raised the elastic 1", shortened coat at the hem (and placket) by 1.75", omitted the sleeve cuffs, instead using a self fabric facing at the sleeve by lengthening the fashion fabric sleeve 2". I also sized down to a size 4 in the hips, according to my measurements.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I do have plans for a warmer weather Minoru. I highly recommend this pattern.
A well drafted versatile pattern. I would love to sew another! More ramblings to be found on my blog if you're into that type of thing