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Paint Me a Minoru: The Reveal

March 8, 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, and this post marks its completion.

If you read all of the fine print last week, you might have noticed that I finished my Minoru jacket last week in time to count as a completed February SWAP item (my sixth item of eleven – over half way there!).  I was sewing into the wee hours of the night on leap day to get one last item into the completed list for February, but then I couldn’t show it off because I wanted to save it for this week’s Sew Weekly theme of “Art.”  And, my efforts and patience paid off because my jacket was featured yesterday!

I love, love, love that Mena, the lovely woman who runs the Sew Weekly blog (and lives in San Francisco to boot!), opened the challenges and featured spots to all. I get to participate as often as I can without the pressure of producing something every week but with more incentive than I had last year just posting to the community forum.

Anyway, back to the jacket. I’m not even sure how to put into words how much I like this jacket. It’s long and slim and covered in paint. It has a hood and side-seam pockets perfect for my hands and inside pockets perfect for little secrets.

The coat is fully lined, except for inside the collar. I’ve yet to decide whether I’ll be bothered by that or not. So far, I haven’t been. But, so far I haven’t really had to use the hood.

Though Tasia didn’t call for it, I interfaced both the front and the back of the collar pieces. I wanted to give them a bit of support because I modified the pattern a bit here and was worried that the collar would be crazy-all-over-the-place without interfacing. How did I modify the pattern, you ask? I left out the zipper in the collar and created an envelope-style pocket out of the collar instead. Why? It’s really all about the zippers. I couldn’t find the right length separating zipper at my local fabric store. You guys gave me great advice to buy online, but since I didn’t think I had enough fabric for the hood, I didn’t buy a second coordinating zipper for the collar. When I cut my fabric and realized I would be able to include the hood, I came up with the envelope-style collar as a solution. It closes with a hook and eye at the center back. Though I imagine a zippered collar would be the tidier of the options, I like that the seam almost disappears from afar.

What else to say about the jacket? The narrow sleeves and elastic waist keep the jacket trim and flattering. The elastic also gathers the stripes in a pleasing way. I practiced my stripe matching skills again and did my best to keep the stripes going around from front placket through side seams and sleeves. Thankfully the loose alignment of the painted stripes means that close enough looks pretty good.

I’ve worn the jacket out twice now, and both times I’ve gotten compliments.  I think there’s just something about painted fabrics that looks unique and grabs one’s attention.  I have my eye on another painted fabric, but I don’t yet have the right project in mind for it.  It’s all for the best though since I really have to keep focused if I want any chance of completing my SWAP.  And my Craftsy classes.  And my gifts for my mom.  And…

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  1. March 8, 2012 7:46 am

    Ah it’s gorgeous Amy! So colourful and cheering! Beautiful fit too :)

    • March 15, 2012 4:07 pm

      Thank you. The same goes for your lovely Minoru!

  2. March 8, 2012 8:59 am

    It is beautiful! Love the fabric and it works so well with the jacket. Bold move and it turned out great! You done a awesome job and jacket fits so good on you! I can’t wait to get started on my Minoru (once I clean off my table, that is).

    • March 15, 2012 4:08 pm

      Ooooh! You must get started on your own Minoru soon. It’s a great jacket.

  3. March 8, 2012 9:22 am

    nice! love this fabric :)

    • March 15, 2012 4:08 pm

      Thank you! I am very happy with the fabric. It’s the perfect weight and so fun and unexpected!

  4. March 8, 2012 9:52 am

    It looks beautiful! I love the fabric you chose.

    • March 15, 2012 4:09 pm

      Thank you, Janice. Coming from a seamstress such as yourself, that’s quite a nice compliment.

  5. March 8, 2012 10:06 am

    Wow, it turned out lovely! =)

    • March 15, 2012 4:10 pm

      Thank you, Kristin! Now if only my embroidery would work out as well…

  6. March 8, 2012 11:09 am

    Amy, that looks really great. It gives me motivation to get back to my jacket sewing project. Thanks for sharing!


    • March 15, 2012 4:11 pm

      Jackets are such wonderful garments to sew. You can wear them again and again. I bet they get the most use out of everything I sew. Something to consider for Tilly’s One-Week-One-Pattern challenge…

  7. March 8, 2012 2:34 pm

    Stunning jacket and a great fit!!! Love the fabric – definitely the right choice.

    • March 15, 2012 4:12 pm

      Thank you, Evelyne! Have you chosen a fabric for yours?

  8. March 8, 2012 4:07 pm

    It’s beautiful! I really like your fabric choice for this jacket. I think it’s the nicest one I’ve seen on the web!

    • March 15, 2012 4:13 pm

      Thank you, thank you! Coming from someone who strives for such excellence in their work, what a compliment!

  9. March 8, 2012 5:26 pm

    It looks lovely and is such a fun print! I am in love with how the gathered waist looks on me. If the gathers went all the way around it wouldn’t have been cute.

    Well done!

    (And i think you rock for getting featured, again!)

    • March 15, 2012 4:14 pm

      Thanks. Your purple Minoru was lovely as well. I also have to thank my husband for his patience taking photos. I think a nice selection of photos helps Mena pick her Sew Weekly features.

  10. March 9, 2012 10:43 am

    This looks lovely on you, so nicely fitted and flattering! Thanks for your notes on the pattern, I keep longing to make it but am a bit worried I’ll get overwhelmed by all the steps — I’m sure I’ll return to your notes when the time comes!

    I really loved your maxi dress too — the painted fabrics really make a difference.

    • March 15, 2012 4:14 pm

      If you take it step by step, it’s not that difficult at all! Plus, it can’t be any harder than making your own jeans pattern!

  11. March 10, 2012 2:14 am

    I love the fabric! and the design is really flattering on you. A couture piece for sure

    • March 15, 2012 4:15 pm

      Thanks! Now to get up the courage to work with the silk for my cowl blouse. Yours was quite stunning!

  12. March 11, 2012 10:59 pm

    Fantastic coat and beautiful work! I love how this turned out. Good idea on the collar interfacing because I like how it stands up. It has a much slimmer fit than I thought it’d be which really works with that beautiful print. (And my husband just looked over my shoulder and said, “now that’s a cool jacket!”)

    • March 15, 2012 4:19 pm

      Thanks to both you and your husband! I’m flattered! It does have a slim fit. In fact, before I put in my slippery lining, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get my arms through the sleeves while wearing a sweater. It’s amazing what a difference a slippery fabric makes. Also, I gathered the waist a bit more than Tasia recommended (I think I used ~2″ less elastic length than recommended). Since it’s elasticized, I figured it would give whenever I was wearing something bulky. And, I graded down from the waist to the hips since I’m not pear shaped. I wanted something that would stay closer to me for when I’m biking in to work. Lots of fabric everywhere can get in the way on a bike!

  13. March 12, 2012 3:17 am

    Oh it turned out perfect! The fit looks fabulous. Well done!!

    • March 15, 2012 4:19 pm

      Thanks! Hope your sewing is going well these days!

  14. March 12, 2012 8:34 am

    This looks fantastic! Great job! It’s such a great style for you– really highlights your lovely figure (who knew that a jacket could be so flattering?!)!

    • March 15, 2012 4:21 pm

      Thanks! I am very happy with the jacket overall. It’s garnered quite a few compliments in person, which is always nice after putting so much work into something. How’s your sewing going?

      • March 20, 2012 10:26 am

        My sewing has been non-existent! I’ve been super stressed out, so I put what I was working on away and took a little sabbatical. I’m really excited to start in on some spring sewing– I’ve got about a month left in my writing class, and I’ll really be able to dig in and do some sewing once that is finished!

  15. March 15, 2012 1:04 pm

    Yep, it’s official, I love it!

    Also, I followed your tutorial for on-seam pockets and they worked out nicely :) Thanks!

    • March 15, 2012 4:21 pm

      Thank you! And, I’m glad the pockets worked out well for you.

  16. Cass permalink
    March 15, 2012 4:05 pm

    WOW. That fabric is gorgeous. The jacket looks great!!

    • March 15, 2012 4:22 pm

      Thank you. Yes, the fabric is probably my favorite feature of the jacket right now!

  17. March 16, 2012 4:00 am

    OMG! speechless

  18. March 16, 2012 8:16 am

    That is fantastic-what a special Minoru.

  19. March 16, 2012 8:02 pm

    I think this might be my favorite version of the Minoru!

  20. March 18, 2012 5:11 am

    Great jacket. I love your design changes… and that fabric! So fun.

  21. oaklandbex permalink
    March 21, 2012 4:02 pm

    Amy- I’m thinking about a stripey or plaid type fabric for my second take on the Minoru, and I wonder if you modified the pattern to remove the gathering? I can’t see much from your photos and would love to hear your take on using a semi-stripe!


    • March 22, 2012 7:30 am

      I gathered both the neckline and the waist. I didn’t post a photo of a close up, but you should be able to see the waist gathers a little from the photo of the back. I like how the gathering brings together the stripes of color, but then my stripes are already so irregular that I’m not sure what effect a regular stripe would have. I think Tasia did a post about why she doesn’t recommend directional fabrics, but I can’t remember exactly since it was early on. If your fabric is precious, you could draw similar patterns on muslin and make a test Minoru… I am very happy with the effect my fabric had, and I hope yours will have much of the same.

      • oaklandbex permalink
        March 22, 2012 12:44 pm

        ooh, drawing on the muslin- great idea. thanks!

  22. March 23, 2012 1:09 pm

    I gushed over on the SW, but I’ll gush here, too. It’s so gorgeous. Sporty, modern, feminine but not girly.

  23. littleputtstuff permalink
    April 15, 2012 4:56 pm

    I am starting this pattern soon, just trying to find the perfect fabric. I have to say after looking at MANY versions that other sewers have made…yours is my favorite. Great job. love your fabric.

  24. May 25, 2012 2:03 am

    Great, great jacket!! Cool fabric. This style really suits you.

  25. October 15, 2012 12:22 am

    It is a relly lovely jacket. Just found the pattern on Etsy. Not sure, whether I should try make the jacket as a winter jacket??

    • October 15, 2012 7:55 am

      I think it would be wonderful as any kind of jacket!

  26. January 1, 2013 10:10 am

    wow – I am about to embark on my own Minoru, and I am so impressed by everyone else’s, but yours is absolutely stunning, that material is incredible – gorgeous!

  27. March 24, 2014 2:56 pm

    Oh Amy, your jacket is gorgeous!!:) I just purchased the Minoru pattern last week (as a Birthday gift to myself;) I’ll be using your very helpful side-seam pocket tutorial for sure. I’m currently pregnant, but will be making this up in the near future:)


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