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Sewaholic Patterns: 1103 (Minoru Jacket) thumbsup - Type:Coat/Jacket
Review submitted in 2013 Lined Jacket Contest Contest    printable version
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Posted on:10/29/13 1:05 PM
Project Photo:Sewaholic Patterns: 1103 by carrie18584

Sewaholic Patterns: 1103 by carrie18584  Sewaholic Patterns: 1103 by carrie18584  
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Fabric:Cotton Twill  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description:
This pattern doesn't need much introduction - we've seen so many in the past few weeks and I'm happy to join the crew! Here it is anyway:

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:
I've made a bunch of Sewaholic patterns so I know my size by now. I used a size 8 in the bust and waist and graded to a size 2 at the hips. I could have left it a bit wider at the hips but I like that this jacket as some feminine curves to it! I sure hope this sizing fits my future sister-in-law!

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?
Instructions were great and the sew-along was even more helpful. It's nice to see all the instructions happening from Tasia herself plus she offers more tips than in the written instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Where to start - this pattern is so wonderful. I love the elasticized waist, the hidden hood, the gathered raglan sleeves. I didn't expect it, but I really like the elastic on the cuffs. The only minus is that pockets aren't included in the pattern. What I REALLY like about the pattern is how nice the finished product is - it looks impressive and there aren't many similar patterns out there!

Fabric Used:
Exterior (on both): waterproof navy cotton twill from FabricMart. The color is kinda 'boring' compared to some of the beautiful versions I've seen...but I know that I will get a LOT of wear out of this neutral color.
Interior on mine: a dark magenta cotton batik
Interior on hers: a really pretty turquoise rayon
Interior sleeves: brown polyester lining (since no one will see the ugly color)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Alterations include:

- I lined the hood and changed the way Tasia suggests in the sew-along. I wanted the exterior to wrap into the interior a little. To do this I sewed the exterior/interior together with 1/2″ SA, under stitched the seam to keep the layer set, then turned and pressed the seam. I then turned under all layers to the inside with 1/2″ SA and top-stitched.

- I added in seam pockets, which I love, but I made one big mistake. I added them too low to the bottom of the jacket. After hemming, the bottom of the pocket now hits the interior hem and doesn’t hang properly. Since they’re too low, the pocket opening is near the bottom of the pocket and things fall out really easily (I lost a Butterfinger! Oh no!). I think I will slipstitch the opening shut ~1 inch from the bottom to keep things from falling out so easily.

- I used the pocket from the Cambie just to keep it in the Sewaholic family Similar to the hood, I wanted the exterior to continue into the pocket a little bit before the lining began. I cut the pocket pattern in half and cut out part in the exterior and the rest in lining. I sewed the two pieces together and topstitched. After adding the pockets to the front and back pieces, I topstitched again.
Pocket pulled out of jacket to see topstitching

- I used a two way zipper on one of the jackets, only had one. I also changed the suggested side zipper pull on the collar because it made more sense to me.

- I hand stitched the interior/exterior collars together instead of stitching in the ditch on the second jacket because 1) I was watching TV and 2) I found it a little difficult on the first jacket.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
YES! I adore this jacket and would totally make it again and definitely suggest it to others. I've already been asked by friends whether they can commission one! Although based on how long it took me to make these two, I don't want to look at this pattern again for a while.

Conclusion:
A wonderful pattern. Very well drafted and a great sew-along to follow! I'm so happy that I was finally motivated to make this jacket because of the PR lined jacket contest!

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Quickie said...
This is just fabulous and that done with two minoru's. Congrats
10/29/13 1:14 PM
ArtAttack said...
Wow! A two-fer! Great job and fabulous jackets, both of them. (And a Renfrew under it, to boot!) Great entry for the contest. Good luck and thank you so much for participating!
10/29/13 1:36 PM
PattyE said...
Oh my, 2 more fabulous Minorus...wow, nicely done!
10/29/13 1:56 PM
MrsCharisma said...
WOW!!!! Pretty amazing work!
10/29/13 4:12 PM
KathleenS said...
Great jackets. I really like the navy actually, and it suits you as well. Plus the contrast hood/lining jazzes it up a bit. I hope your sister-in-law-to-be realises how lucky she is!
10/30/13 4:19 AM
SewWil said...
Both jackets turned out great!
10/30/13 10:00 AM
sewtime said...
Great sewing, very nice!
10/30/13 10:33 AM
Deepika said...
wow, just wow! Thanks for such a helpful review. I am about to make my first minorou very soon and I will be sure to refer to your review before I do that.
10/30/13 11:07 AM
NinaDeva said...
Beautiful work. I am going to sew this one day :) thanks for the review!
10/30/13 1:15 PM
Jstarr4250 said...
Two Minorus? Wow! You have been very industrious! Great jackets, both, and I'm sure your FSIL will just love hers.
10/30/13 4:19 PM
tvjulie said...
Lovely job on both!
11/1/13 9:35 AM
marec said...
Fantabulous jackets!!
11/1/13 11:30 AM
grays08 said...
How sweet of you! I love these and love the pop of color out of the hood and the rest. I can't imagine all the work of doing two of these...whew! Great job!
11/1/13 4:21 PM
Levone said...
Love your jackets!
11/2/13 11:54 PM
becca a said...
Two gorgeous jackets!
11/3/13 9:08 AM
petro said...
Nice! Two great jackets.
11/4/13 8:35 AM
carrie18584 said...
Thank you everyone! I've been wearing my new jacket every chance I can! :)
11/7/13 1:43 PM
Margaret said...
Nice work! Great-looking jackets!
11/8/13 10:29 AM
amynxdx said...
Is this jacket warm or should I get a wool type of fabric? yours looks great!
11/13/13 11:42 AM
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