Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My Minoru (sung to the tune of My Sharona) and a giveaway




I finally made my first Minoru. I have loved this jacket pattern since it was first produced. I have been looking for a suitable casual jacket for years. Yes, years. I either don't like the style, the fabric, the price or whatever. I have an ugly old Gore-Tex that works perfectly well for what I need, so I wasn't going to buy something I didn't love, or at the very least, like.

The changes I made to the pattern. The usual pockets on the outside. This is almost a given. The interior pockets are intended to have Velcro closures. There is almost nothing that I hate doing more than trying to sew on Velcro. Instead I redrew the pocket pattern, making sure there was room for my iPhone and credit card holder,  and added zippers, and spent about six times as much time as I would have if I had just used Velcro. I consider it time well spent. Velcro is evil.

Updated: I forgot that I straightened out the waist a little lot, as I don't have much of a waist. If you are a square instead of a pear you may want to do the same.


I am also a touch bigger than the largest size and so I had to grade up the pattern. I used up the last of my Swedish tracing paper. I can't figure out if I like this stuff or not. I don't like tracing with it, because every pen I use bleeds through and the pens sometimes catch on the paper. On the other hand, I like that when I am marking the fabric with Frixion pens, the ink goes right through the paper, and I don't have to use a tracing wheel etc. I usually use plastic table cloths from the dollar store. Hmm, something to think about.

For those of you who are screaming at me not to use Frixion pens because of the ghosting, I have had 100% success with removing the ghosting marks with my standard stain remover of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and Dawn dish detergent (not safe for silk or wool), but YMMV, always be sure to test on your fabric.

My outer fabric is thrifted stuff and I think is cotton, possibly with some linen, the lining is that insane Home Sewing is Easy fabric. I love this fabric, and couldn't figure out what to do with it. It is too silly for me to wear a garment out of it, but a lining is perfect. I couldn't find zippers close enough in colour to satisfy me, because I live in a sewing desert with only one useless chain fabric store, so I used black. I like the look.

I wrote all of the above quite awhile ago when I was still in the infatuation stage with the jacket. Since then I have sewn and ripped and sewn and ripped. I have never in my life screwed up as much as I have on this jacket. I can easily state with no danger of exaggeration that I spent three times as much time ripping out stitches as I did actually sewing. I have to state it is in no way the fault of the pattern, or my choice of fabric. It was me. All me me me me. At one point I was considering setting fire to it in my driveway and then driving over it in my car and lawn mower and snow blower. So I wisely decided to take a break from it. For a month and a half.

Canadians, notice the piece of Canadiana memorabilia.
To make it all worse, I don't like the jacket on me. When it isn't zipped up it looks okay, but with the zipper done up it is like it is designed to draw attention to my worst features. I have a short neck, and the collar makes me look like my head is attached directly to my shoulders. I have a protruding belly, it couldn't be more obvious if I had appliqued on an arrow pointing to it. Don't get me wrong, I WILL wear it.

UPDATE-since writing all the above.

I have worn the jacket quite a bit and have had a few unsolicited compliments, also the few people that I told I made it were very complimentary. So now I like it, making it clear that I am very easily swayed and have no firm opinions of my own.

GIVEAWAY

And now for the giveaway. Recently while indulging in one of my favourite hobbies (thrift store shopping), I found a brand new, uncut, unopened Minoru pattern. So my find is your potential gain. If you are one of the 13 people who haven't made a Minoru yet, leave a comment and I will draw a name on Sunday, November 17.




47 comments:

  1. You may be in a sewing desert, but I don't find ANY patterns in my thrift stores, never mind independents. I really doubt I would make Minorou, but I would fawn over it in my Sewaholic collection. ;)

    I love how fun your lining is, it's perfect for a more casual coat. Like a lovely surprise under a very practical exterior.

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    1. I guess there is a trade off, but I would trade a good fabric store any time for good thrift store shopping. In a second. The closest fabric store is 5-6-7 hours (depends on whether there is snow in the passes) drive away. It's a long way to go for a zipper.

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  2. Love your design and am inspired to do the zippered inner pocket. I am drooling over this pattern and would love to use it!

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  3. I'm in exactly the same boat as you were about the Minoru - love it, not about to replace my fabulous old jacket with something inferior....and then magic happened & a fabulous new one fell in my lap, so the Minoru took a back seat.

    But still.....LOVE it! I REALLY love your lining choice! And clearly people think it looks good on you, so I'm glad you're learning to like it :).

    And then....what? a giveaway?

    Yes, I'm one of the 13 who doesn't have the pattern, and I promise I'll sew it up if I win it! :D

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    1. You don't have to promise, it can go in your fantasy sewing file!

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  4. The lining alone is enough reason to love this jacket! It looks great. Sorry you had such an awful time with it, but I will be laughing for days at "setting fire to it in my driveway and then driving over it in my car and lawn mower and snow blower". I have a very clear mental image of this that I will deploy next time I'm hating on a project. ;-)

    (Do not count me in; Minoru is not really my style).

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    1. I'm pleased you enjoyed the imagery of fires etc in the driveway.

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  5. Love the jacket and the lining--haven't worn a jacket in years because of poor rtw choices and poor fit. I guess it's time for me to enter this arena. I think your jacket looks better than the pattern drawing. I'm one of the 13 who doesn't have the pattern or any jacket pattern. Please throw my name in the hat! :)

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    1. It is so strange that it is so hard to find a casual jacket that isn't hideous in price or style. What is wrong with the manufacturers and designers? Good luck!

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  6. Your jacket looks terrific. If we saw it on you, I'm sure there would be even more unsolicited compliments headed your way. I am also one of those who have not made this but would get right to it if I had the pattern. Please toss my name into your hat, too.

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    1. I am one of those people who don't like photos of themselves. I am trying to get over it, but for now, no pics of me. Good luck!

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  7. Yay! You've only pinned every version of it for the last two years (I know cuz I follow the board, LOL) so I'm glad that you finally got it made up! :-) The lining is FANTASTIC!! :-)

    And I'm apparently one of those 13 people who hasn't made it yet, because I don't even own it (though it's been on my Etsy "wishlist" for a year or so) so you can put my name in the drawing if you'd like. :-) I can't get over the fact you found it at a thrift shop though--all I've ever seen patternwise at any of mine are 1980's home decor/holiday decor patterns or dresses with big poufy sleeves. ;-)

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    1. You noticed! Yeah, I have been obsessed with this pattern forever.

      We have really good thrift store shopping here, relatively wealthy community+retirement destination=good thrift stores. You should see it when someone is downsizing, I have seen entire sewing room contents at Value Village. It is really hard to resist sometimes. And yeah we get those ugly dress patterns too.

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  8. Nicely sewn, fun lining, minimal compliments...been there done that...lesson learned. I followed along with the steps for the jacket on her website and thought...holy crap I would rather take apart a ball gown and put it back together than fiddle with all that for a windbreaker...we don't even get wind in this valley so skip it! Hope whoever wins the pattern is thrilled to bits.

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    1. Not so nicely sewn-notice there were no close up shots! I eventually just said to hell with it and decided finishing it was good enough. I found the sewalong incredibly helpful.

      I personally would rather have needles in my eye that do what you do. I couldn't handle the stress.

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    2. Stress? Sewing for demanding brides and their mothers to an upcoming date...yards of netting and tulle and figuring out bustles and stuffing bodices with fake boobs and taking in side seams until the bride cannot possibly breathe let alone dance or eat? Some days I would trade it all for a cat to sit and pet....

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  9. I guess I am one of your 13. And since it looks like I am the 10th person to comment, there should be three more. ;D
    I have been meaning to buy this pattern, but haven't done so yet.
    Thank you for sharing this find!

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  10. Love your lining fabric. It just makes this jacket *sing*. Too bad you feel the style doesn't flatter you, but at least you have a nice new jacket!
    Please don't count me in for the pattern, as I won't use it (too small for me, not "my style"0. I just wanted to say how much I like that lining!

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  11. Oh dear! well after all that, the jacket looks terrific! the lining is completely awesome. You are right, the black zip looks good against the sandy fabric and I'll bet the jacket goes with everything. I'm not surprised you got compliments. We seamsters really our our own worst self-critics, aren't we? I'm currently part of the non-Minoru population too, but would like to be :)

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    1. If only we were as supportive of ourselves as we are of others. Good luck!

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  12. I love the lining - how fun! I really love the inside pockets you did.

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  13. I think it looks pretty good! Love the lining - so fun! Also, I think I may be one of the thirteen who haven't made a minoru. Probably one of five who haven't even bought the pattern yet.

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  14. You won't believe it, but been toying with the idea of getting one. Your giveaway came just in time.
    Your lining is smashing. Hope you have fun wearing it.

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    1. Maybe it is meant to be! Good luck

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  15. What a gorgeous Minoru-and the lining!! My goodness :-) I have the pattern (and have made it...my fave jacket) so don't enter me in the giveaway. Thanks anyway-good luck to all.

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    1. Thank you! You made yours soon after it came out didn't you?

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  16. I am just in love with the lining and I wish I could see the jacket on you. I don't have the Minoru pattern because I live in Los Angeles and who needs a jacket? But now I'm planning to leave LA so fate dictates that your pattern shall be mine! Please.

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    1. Good luck! with the giveaway and your travel plans!

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  17. Oh I love your jacket and the lining. I have loved the Minoru but alas a poor single parent, full time student I have not been able to afford it. I'd love to go in the draw! What a great find.

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  18. Your jacket looks fabulous! Although I too have a protruding belly, I am easily swayed by compliments and would like to try making this jacket. (And I think there might be more than 13 of us without the pattern)

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    1. I don't know, there have been a lot of Minorus made, 41 reviews on PR and I have over 100 images on my Pinterest board. Okay, maybe a few more than thirteen without the pattern.

      good luck

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  19. Well, Elle, I LOVE your jacket! So much so that I had to track down, and order, some of that fabulous lining fabric/quilting cotton. Yay! I have the pattern already, so please do not enter me. I just wanted to say that I love your version!

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    1. Thank you! As you are one of my sewing gods, I am very flattered!

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  20. Oh it's such a pretty one- a pretty one! I love that lining surprise.

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  21. I love the way you styled yours! The lining is so much fun! What a great giveaway :)

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  22. Well I am one of the lonely '13' sewers in the world who are yet to whip this little beauty up! Can't believe how you stumbled across this pattern ... J

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  23. Yes, Elle. I am one of the13, so throw my name in please. Since you haven't modeled for us, I cannot offer my opinion of the fit, but what I do know is that we ladies have a bad habit of seeing what we perceive as our flaws instead of our good qualities. My educated guess is that it looks great on you. ;-) I am totally in love with the lining, and I also love your pocket changes. Enjoy wearing you new Minoru.

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  24. Oh Elle - I'd lost your blog and just found you again. Glad to see you. I would love to see modeled photos of the jacket. I am also one of the 13 people who don't own this pattern - in fact, I asked for it for my birthday and didn't get it. Would love a chance to win it. Thank yu - gaylen

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  25. Last call everyone, I am drawing the name right now, and will post in a couple of minutes!

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