This is my biggest project since I started sewing my own clothes: The Minoru Jacket by Sewaholic Patterns.
I love this jacket! I didn’t add piping as I’d planned because *looks rather sheepish* I forgot (just in case any of you were wondering where it was).
This is a substantial jacket as I made it from cotton canvas that I proofed with NikWax. It has some heft to it, but isn’t too heavy to wear. It’s lighter than a waxed jacket but heavier than my normal winter jacket (a ski coat).
Like others, its garnered compliments from complete strangers, which is rather flattering! Checking the fit during the muslin stage means that I can wear it whilst driving the car and its also passed the dog walk with a toddler test. An unexpected bonus is that pre-treating the canvas means that once mud has dried, it just brushes off. I haven’t tested it in the rain yet – it was full on waterproofs downpours early part of last week and whilst I think this would be fine in a shower I didn’t feel up to testing in that sort of weather!
The sleeves are lined with regular lining fabric so that long sleeves are a breeze when I’m wearing it. The body is lined in cotton flannel which is sooo soft. The side seam pockets and hood are also lined with flannel too and are lovely and cosy. Boy likes to hide his hands in the hood and stroke the fabric if I’m carrying him.
I had a bit of a headache with the zips. I was originally going to have plain black ones but I couldn’t find two that matched in the same gauge and that started to bug me. Then I was in John Lewis for something and just had to pop in the haberdashery department (well, it would be rude not to) and saw reflective zips! So I now have reflective zips on my collar and the front. Probably quite a good idea considering how dark this fabric is and I live in a village with no streetlights…
Construction wise the most challenging bit was stitching in the ditch along the body and neck seam. It doesn’t line up on the inside very well. There was a lot of bulk on one side and only two layers of fabric on the other. Thankfully it isn’t too obvious unless you’re inspecting it closely. You want to inspect closely?! Oh…
When I make my summer version I will make a couple of changes in the construction though. If I include a hood I’ll finish the seam allowances when I attach the collar to the lining and bodice before attaching the two together. You can see the unfinished edges when you peek inside the hood pocket. Or I may fold them into the body of the jacket instead, but that may feel a bit odd around the shoulders. I’ll also be sure to finish every seam before topstitching for my own satisfaction more than anything else!
I will also buy three reels of thread. I bought two for this version and only used a regular stitch for the topstitching and there was literally just a foot left on the spool at the end and the bobbin had just run out.
I’m really pleased with the fit although I need to reduce some of the ease in the waist as I’ve lost weight since fitting this and its now got too much ease there – I’ll have to futz with the elastic channel to cinch it in a bit, but it’s a good reason to have to futz really!
Adjustments made for this version:
Shortened the torso
Shortened the sleeves
Changed the hood construction to include a lining
Adjustments for future versions:
Reduce flare from waist
Reduce ease at waist
Alter construction regarding collar
Seam finish all seams before topstitching
Omit internal pockets
Add welt pockets instead of in-seam ones?