Jeans: Paige Denim
Boots: Nine West
Finally, I now have the jacket everyone has already made – the Minoru jacket! After seeing some versions in person this past March at the NYC Blogger Meetup, the idea of making one of these jackets this year was solidified in my mind. Plus, have you seen Lauren’s fantastic orange version? Yeah, I definitely needed to get on the Minoru bandwagon asap, don’t know what took me so long.
Throw in a last-minute trip to NH and I had even more reason to crank out this jacket in time for the cool fall weather. These pictures were taken on our last day in the mountains at a place called Castle in the Clouds – we went horseback riding! It was a great way to take in all of the fall foliage.
I like my outwear to be versatile and neutral enough that I can wear it with a lot of different clothes in my closet, so crazy colors or prints were not an option for the fall jacket I wanted to make. Colors like black, grey, or brown would have been good picks, but too boring…something about the styling of the Minoru made me think of military jackets, so I settled on finding on olive green color at Mood Fabrics. Plus the fact that it was a Theory stretch twill didn’t hurt either, I knew it was going to be great quality fabric for my jacket!
I made a few changes to the jacket, one being the double zipper I found at Pacific Trimmings. I didn’t originally intend to use a double zipper for the jacket, but it was the zipper that matched my fabric the closest. It’s really handy when I’m sitting (like on a horse! Haha!) and makes it more comfortable instead of my jacket bunching up around my hips.
You may notice that my jacket is shorter than other Minorus…well, that’s due to the zipper being cut shorter than I asked at the store. I had no idea it was too short until I began to install it in the jacket front and saw I was short about two inches. So, the only real solution was to shorten the jacket so it wouldn’t look weird. Also, I opted for no cuffs and lengthened the sleeves instead.
Which presented another problem: the pockets I added to the side seams became too long when I shortened the length of the jacket. Once I sewed the lining shut it wasn’t a problem, they just bunch up a little. In retrospect, had I known this was going to happen, I would have made the pocket bags shorter/smaller. Also, how does this jacket pattern not have any pockets?? A little patch pocket in the inside (which I didn’t make) isn’t going to cut it, you know what I mean?
I cut this jacket smaller than the typical 6 I usually cut for Sewaholic Patterns – this is one of those instances of how picking out a size based on finished garment measurements is better than going by body measurements. Had I picked the size 6 to make, I would have wound up with a very roomy, boxy jacket, and that wasn’t the look I was going for. Also, I made the mistake of trying to pull the elastic too tight around the waist to make the jacket even more fitted, but ended up getting diagonal pull lines around the waist in the front. After I cut a longer length of elastic and adjusted the fit, the lines went away. So, if you’re experiencing that with your Minoru, the elastic length is probably why.
See? Fitted, but still room to wiggle around. I wore this jacket at the driving range a few days earlier and hit two large buckets of golf balls and had no problem swinging my driver.
A quick peek at the lining – I ended up bagging this lining instead of however the instructions tell you to line the jacket. The stretch in the poly charmeuse made it pretty challenging to hem the lining, and truth be told, I need to go back and fix how I sewed it.
I’ll leave you with a photo of Chris and I on horseback! One of the guides was nice enough to take photos as we went along the trail.
Well that’s two jackets I made now for fall! I’m currently working on a fancy lace dress for a wedding in less than two weeks (more on that to come later this week) and then I’m back on to sewing for fall. My latest idea – an oversized leopard print wool coat. Does fabric like that even exist?