Minoru – I Love You


My pick for my first blog-post  is… a Minoru Jacket!

This is my latest creation and by far the most adventurous sewing project I’ve attempted. It was love-at-first-sight when the tester versions of this pattern from Sewaholic began appearing late last year.

My sewing buddies (Sharon, Alison & Marie) from the Alexandria Achievers (ASG) also fell hard for this one. They were fantastic with encouragement, suggestions and advice. We all made several toiles to figure out how to get this fitting best for our various shapes and sizes.  At times I wondered if this was the jacket for me… but it all worked out in the end!

Tasia’s Minoru Sew-a-long was invaluable too! I definitely would have been unpicking a lot more than I did, without the visuals and detailed instructions. Unpicking black thread on black twill is particularly unpleasant…

I love black and white and gingham – so when one of my sewing buddies, Alison, suggested gingham for the upper collar and hood lining, I was sold! And I think it worked a treat!

I added piping to the collar to define the edge – another skill learned! (it’s very easy!)

The brass zipper wasn’t what I was initially looking for, but in the end I really like it. The brass ‘gold’ adds a bit of warmth.

The lining (b+w polka dot poly) is soft and slinky. For some reason, when I tried to sew the lining into the hem,  as instructed, it pulled things out of whack! Not quite sure what I did wrong but, hey, the lining works fine unattached.

I also inserted side pockets, as per this very helpful tutorial by Sew Well (another skill learned).

I wasn’t going to add the hood, but did at the last moment, following comments from Marie about how the hood helped the collar stand up (check out her gorgeously ‘finished’ version).  I’m glad I did!  Love the way the hood rolls up in the collar. Feels like a small but comfy pillow.  I suspect I made my collar zipper shorter than it was supposed to be; in pictures of other  hoods they seem to be much wider when out? Never mind… I am more likely to wear mine rolled up in the collar anyway.

Here are two more pics  –  front and back with hood out

Perfect for our summer-turning-into-autumn weather!

I think my sewing buddies were smart for making water proof versions…we’ve had uncharacteristically wet weather the last few months!

PS: Due to the difficulties of showing details when taking pics of black items, I’ve majorily over-exposed these pics…in normal light you can’t see the polka-dot lining through the black twill.


  1. This is wonderful and I am very interested in using the idea of different linings in my next jacket. You did a lovely job. I pinned one of the pics to Pinterest

  2. Fabulous, WOW. Get ready to be flooded with compliments. Only one problem I can see, or not see, where is the photo of the jacket on you!!! And aren’t all the ladies at Alexandria so generous with their help. I, myself, recently benefited when making my new blouse. Maybe when you forget all the problems you had along the way you may make another one in more wintery fabric. And I love your blog.

    • I agree Renata, we really lucked out on finding a great sewing group! It’s a year since we joined the Achievers!

      As for seeing the coat on me…well, I’m in two minds about that…while I love seeing pictures of people wearing their creations, I sometimes think it’s best to leave the garment to do the talking…though, I like the way you include a mix of pics of you wearing your creations as well as on the dress form.

      The other challenge is that I am the only photographer in the house….the others are not keen on cameras or photoshoots..and I usually end up with just one or two very unflattering shots which don’t do me or the creation any justice!…perhaps I should bring a stack of me-made items to Alexandria and get you guys to help me do a photoshoot? Champagne should be involved, methinks….

  3. Oh Anne…it looks fabulous! I’m very jealous as mine is still not even cut out! Last to the party as usual. 🙂 The contrast in the collar/hood really makes this jacket. You’ve done well!

    • Thanks again Alison for the great design input!! I really do like the way it turned out!

      Looking forward to your version ! I hear April is supposed to be another wet month…how good would it be to have your ripper red ripstop sewn up and ready for the deluge??

  4. Fantastic Minoru Anne, have been patiently waiting for its reveal and a new blog as well. Love the different fabrics for the hood and lining, it looks such a fun jacket and now the difficult bits are out of the way, time to think about a water proof one.

    • Hi Sharon…You knew I’d love the creativity of blogging, didn’t you! Thanks for the gentle prods to ‘pass it (sewing inspiration) on’….

      Looking forward to your finished version…it’s going to be fantastic, with all the special finishes!

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  6. I don’t know what is happening with Feedly the friendly reader but it just bought this up as new in my reader so I read it was suitably amazed. How gorgeous is that jacket – then I realised it was from last year!! But is still worth oohing and ahhing over. Fabulous.

    • Aww ..thanks Beverly! Alison was the ‘designer’ ! …she suggested the gingham collar etc. ..worked beautifully, I think! The jacket is the most-worn of all my me-made creations!

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