I titled the post Marathon Minoru because I feel like I’ve just finished a marathon of sewing. I sewed not one, but TWO Sewaholic Minoru’s. I bought the waterproof navy cotton tail awhile ago when it was on sale for $1.99/yard at Fabric Mart with this jacket in mind but didn’t get motivated until I saw the lined jacket contest on Pattern Review. I started early October but I’ve been so overwhelmed and excited about planning our wedding that I haven’t spent much time in my sewing room lately :( . I’m SO happy that this contest was going on because otherwise I’m pretty sure I would have set the project(s) aside for later (i.e. a LOT later). Being so busy and distracted on other things means that I need more short term, quick projects, which is exactly what I’m planning for the next few months. And more on my wedding planning later :)
On to the jackets!
The two jackets are completely except for the lining (and the front zipper, see below). One is for my fiancé’s sister (future sister-in-law) and the other for me. I apologize that it looks like I’m about to fly away thanks to the WINGS in my hair…it was windy? Kinda…
There are tons of reviews on this beautifully drafted pattern so I’m not going to talk much about it. I HIGHLY recommend the sew-along online – it was so helpful while going through the pattern to see the instructions visually.
Sorry for my doofus smile – I’m just so excited about my jacket! It fairly lightweight so I won’t get too much wear out of it this fall as the temperatures are dropping quickly, but I look forward to wearing it for many years to come! The navy is maybe a little boring, but incredibly functional, practical, and wearable. I like to use bright colored fabrics, but let’s be honest, I end up wearing much tamer colors and this will easily fit into my wardrobe. The exterior is waterproof, but not completely weatherproof. This is exactly what I was lacking in my wardrobe. My raincoat is falling apart (seriously) and while I won’t run around careless in the rain, I need something I trust to brush off a little water and dirt here and there. And the hood helps with that! I wasn’t sure whether I’d like the elasticized back, but it’s so wonderful! And Tasia is right, it make this parka much more feminine than a big boxy coat. I made a few changes to the pattern. First off, I used a Size 8 for bust and waist and tapered to a size 2 at the hips. Secondly, I changed the way I lined the hood because I wanted the exterior to wrap into the interior a little. To do this, I sewed the exterior/interior together with 1/2″ SA, under stitched the seam to keep the layer set, then turned and pressed the seam. I then turned under all layers to the inside with 1/2″ SA and top-stitched. I LOVE the interior pocket (I only put in one). Although, I really should have altered the size to better hold my iPhone since that is what it will be holding most of the time. I left out the Velcro.
Again, there are my wings! And my Sewaholic Renfrew!Third change: I added in seam pockets, which I love, but I made one big mistake. I added them too low to the bottom of the jacket. After hemming, the bottom of the pocket now hits the interior hem and doesn’t hang properly. Since they’re too low, the pocket opening is near the bottom of the pocket and things fall out really easily (I lost a Butterfinger! Oh no!). I think I will slipstitch the opening shut ~1 inch from the bottom to keep things from falling out so easily.
I used the pocket from the Cambie just to keep it in the Sewaholic family :) Similar to the hood, I wanted the exterior to continue into the pocket a little bit before the lining began. I cut the pocket pattern in half and cut out part in the exterior and the rest in lining, sewed them together and topstitched before using. One of the jackets has a two-way zipper and the other a simple one-way zipper. Don’t look too closely at my topstitching – it isn’t my best work. On that note, maybe it’s just me, but I’m really bad at topstitching near separating zippers. Any hints? Just go really slowly? It may not be obvious, but this is the pocket. I topstitched the pockets after sewing them on. I also wanted to include the topstitching down the side-seams as in the pattern. Lots of thread used! Lots of topstitching! Dan and I went to the Patriots game today. They played terribly in the first half so we left at halftime when they were down 14-3. Naturally, they came back in the second half to win. Sigh, oh well. At least I got to wear my new jacket!