Thursday, October 10, 2013

Love My Minoru!



Well, I certainly see what all the commotion has been over this jacket! Sewaholic's Minoru is nothing short of brilliance. It's been quite some time since I've had so much fun watching a garment come to life as this one did.
 
 
 
I've seen so many cute versions of this jacket I soon realized that the possibilities were really endless as far as the look that could be created. I wanted mine to be what I would call "dressy casual". I found this cotton twill at Mood Fabrics. The toile print is large, and also had a 25" repeat, so I worried that it might overwhelm the jacket, but I think it's perfect. Especially in the back:
 


I used a waterproof zip which looked a little dressier since the teeth are not exposed and it has an appearance of being more of a satin strip than a zipper. I topstitched with black to tie it all together:



For the lining I used a cotton/spandex and wanted to use a print much less conservative than the toile. And, of course, I used snaps on the inside pockets because I could! So loving those snaps:


And lastly, the sleeve lining is Ambience Bemberg:



I vacillated FOREVER whether to make a size 6 or 8 and finally settled on the 8. It is perfect everywhere except the hips. One my next one I will grade down a size or two.  Oh, yes, there will be a next one and probably one after that!
 
I will post this on Pattern Review as my Lined Jacket Contest entry, even though I am not eligible to receive votes. However, I can vote for the Minoru to possibly be my favorite pattern of all time! Up until now, at least.

28 comments:

  1. It looks great! I have never heard of a waterproof zip but it does look very cool.

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    1. Thanks, Angela. I'd never heard of a waterproof zip either. Not that I'll ever wear this in the rain, but you never know!

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  2. Oh wow, how cool is that!
    From a distance it looks like camp, but up close it is so, so pretty!
    Love the lining and the zipper detail

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    1. Thanks, Becki, I am already planning Minoru 2.

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  3. great version of this jacket looks great on you

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    1. Thanks, Pauline...this jacket would be great for your weather...

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  4. That waterproof zipper looks great - like the way the teeth are hidden. And that lining!! Bet it makes you smile every time you slide this beauty on.

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    1. Thanks, Anne...I'm quite pleased with the whole outcome. I'm about to read your Renfrew post. I'm probably the only holdout who doesn't have that pattern. Must get...

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  5. Love your version of the Minoru. Have had my eye on this pattern for a while and seeing your jacket has only made me want to try it more. Maybe next winter.

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    1. Thanks,. Margy...You should try it, it was surprisingly easy!

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  6. Beautiful jacket and I have never seen anything like that zip! Where did you get it?

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    1. Thanks, Valerie! The zip was actually from Joann, believe it or not. I no longer have the tag but I think it was plain old Coats and Clarks brand. I'd never seen one either but I liked the look of it.

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  7. I love your interpretation of this pattern. Isn't it comfortable to wear? It is my favorite jacket, I believe. Love the toile fabric you used, and the lining is a fun pop of color.

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    1. Thanks, Mary! Yes, I adore it and cannot wait for it to get cool enough to wear. I really want to make another very light weight one to wear now!

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  8. I'll repeat it again...this is one fabulous jacket! I've never heard of a waterproof zipper either but you're right, it really dresses things up. Can't wait to see M2! I'm a bit nervous having cut a straight 4, knowing now that you went with an 8.

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    1. I think you'll be fine. I have broad shoulders and, really, could have used a 6 everywhere else. You're petite. Besides, I'm seriously thinking 12 Months of Minoru's so there's lots of time to tweak...lol

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  9. A beautiful jacket!! I love that print and what a cool zipper - I don't think I've seen one like that. Why not enter it into Marcy Tilton's contest this month?

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    1. Thanks, Shams! I don't know about Marcy's contest but I'll check it out. Either way, it's a winner in my book!

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  10. You know, I read somewhere that Sewaholic patterns are designed for the pear shaped body, which you and I are not! That's probably why you might want to

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    1. You're right, Cissie...she does cater to pear shapes. I will definitely slim down the hips next time. However, I know I will wear the heck out of this one if it ever gets cool here!

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  11. I LOVE your Minoru, and wish it was mine! ;)
    I´ve seen so many lovely versions of this one, I think I´ll have to write a letter for St Claus and ask for it as Xmas present or something.
    Really lovely. And the fabrics you chose...perfect!

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  12. Thanks, Merche! You'd look really cute in this and come up with something really creative...maybe Santa will come through!

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    1. Thanks. Gail! Now, if it will just cool off enough to wear it!

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  14. I love your jacket!! Wasn't interested in the pattern until I saw your interpretation. You made it so unique and fun! And that fabric.. love it!

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    1. Foamofdays, thank you for such a nice compliment! I used to look at fabric with an Archer in mind...now I look with a Minoru in mind...sad, I know. Especially living somewhere that never gets cold!

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  15. LOVE your version!!!! I keep saying I don't "need" another sporty jacket like this, and then I see another fabulous version...... yours just might tip me over the edge....

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    1. Thanks! I want another one, too...lol

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