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Sewing Along: The Minoru Jacket

January 16, 2012

This winter I’m sewing along with Tasia at A bunch of other talented seamsters and I are all making her Minoru jacket pattern.  This post marks the beginning of the saga.

Today marks the first official day of the Sewaholic Minoru jacket Sew-Along.  I was planning on making my version out of a sweatshirt knit since the line drawing looked like a classy, comfy sweatshirt hoodie to me.  But, over holiday in Santa Barbara, I fell in love with this “Painted Me a ?” cotton, lycra blend from Fine Fabrics.  I think it’ll make a wonderfully funky jacket.  Plus, I just love my painted maxi dress, so why not fill a closet with painted pieces?  The lining will be a gold Bemberg rayon.  I wanted subtle since I didn’t want it to compete with the exterior.  Now to find a 28″ separating zipper to match.  I’ve looked several places already to no avail.  Any suggestions?

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  1. January 16, 2012 11:00 am

    I’m also doing this sew along and terribly excited. Not sure where you’d get the zip your way but here in UK I had to buy online.

    • January 16, 2012 1:10 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion, Suzy. I’ll likely buy online this week. It’s going to be fun to sew along together!

  2. January 16, 2012 11:37 am

    That fabric is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the finished coat!

    • January 16, 2012 1:12 pm

      I can’t wait to see it come together, either! But, with all that I’m juggling right now, I don’t think I’ll get ahead of the Sew-Along, which means I won’t have a completed coat until the middle of February. I’ll just have to keep reminding myself that patience is a virtue!

  3. January 16, 2012 3:31 pm

    In your comment on my blog, you mentioned wanting to see Downton Abbey…I just wanted to let you know that you can watch season 1 of the show on PBS right now here ( But they expire tomorrow, I think, so I know that probably doesn’t help much. =) The season two episodes don’t expire for a while.

    • January 16, 2012 8:09 pm

      Thanks for the link. I can’t seem to get it to play on my computer. I’ll have to try again when I have more time. Would it be terrible to start with an episode of season two to see if I like the show?

      • January 17, 2012 6:24 am

        When I watch the episodes on there, it’s very start-and-stop on my computer…I don’t know if that’s the same problem you’re having.

        No, it wouldn’t be terrible. =) You could get a good feel for the characters (most of the ones from season 1 are still there, and there are only a few new additions) and the basic plot. But there would be some background information missing that might make certain things confusing.

  4. January 16, 2012 3:38 pm

    I’ve bought several zippers at and really like the quality–better than what I can find at the craft store. Their #5 separating zipper would be a good one, and comes in a bunch of lengths and a gazillion colors. (I think they’re about $2.) You can choose between plastic or metal teeth.

    • January 16, 2012 9:16 pm

      Awesome! Thanks! I ordered color 577. Let’s hope it’s a good match.

  5. January 16, 2012 6:43 pm

    Love your fabric and I have also joined the Minoru sew along and have ordered my zips from Looks like we are both putting the Minoru in our SWAP as well.

    • January 16, 2012 8:10 pm

      Thanks Sharon! It’s going to be fun sewing both the Minoru and the SWAP along with you! It seems like you’ve already made a lot of progress on your SWAP. I’m going to make jeans from the Jalie pattern for my SWAP, too. I hope mine look as good as yours!

  6. January 17, 2012 9:28 am

    i was going to say zipperstop as well!

    you always find such fun fabric. your jacket will be darling. i have other things that i want to make right now, but i think i’ll follow the minoru sewalong as well. did you make a muslin? it seems like the measurements are a bit weird on sewaholic’s patterns, so i might do some adjustments before cutting into my fashion fabric.


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