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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Minoru jacket done

Ta dah!

Armoweft, seam tape, topstitching, inserted zippers, binding finishes, inside pockets, flat felled seam, single welt pocket, binding machine, french seams on  chiffon, gathers, elastic casing waist, elastic sleeve cuff, embroidered edge hood, inbuilt jacket hanging loop, more reinforcing.
I can finally stop thinking about each construction step. It's been doing my head in trying to use the right techniques to make this jacket work the way it was designed using the fabric I chose.
I was originally going to cut the size 6 but I chose the size 8 because I'll be wearing a couple of layers under this jacket in the winter.
Yep. I'm to blame for this monster that's now my favourite weekend jacket. As you can see, I've pulled the jacket to show there's plenty of caboose room. 
  The hood in the jacket keeps the collar up, so there no interfacing needed. 
I learnt lots about:
- self-made binding thanks to my Christmas present from sewing santa, and how to use binding
- how to use zippers and where to source them online (zipperstop).
- single welt pockets and how to unpick and sew them
- how to adjust a raglan sleeve
- measuring before your cut (resewing outside pockets using a 6"/15cm zip not a 4"/10cm zip).
Now I'm wondering what about putting a hidden zip pocket on the lower or upper sleeve. Just joking.
Thanks to Tasia for having a sewalong otherwise I would never have pushed myself to make this jacket. My on the ground sewing buddies Alison, Sharon and Anne were already sorting out their notions and colours before I realised the sewalong was on. This project and the jeans contest kept me in contact with my sewing buddies here and online, while I was working away from home last month, and that really kept me sane. Angie Zimmerman was wonderful in sorting out the fit issues along the way, as she always does.
I can now move onto other projects:))
Have a look at this Minoru jacket roundup by Noile.

18 comments:

Dilliander said...

Fantastic! What a great jacket with so many details. The pockets are perfect :)

kbenco said...

What an excellent jacket, and just in time for autumn too, so organised! It sounds like a major project, but looks to be just the sort of jacket to be worn all the time.

Cherrypix said...

Love it! The pockets/zippers really take it up a notch!
I see what you mean about the hood making the collar sit well... Looks great!

Mary said...

Love these shots-it's as pretty as I thought it would be. I sewed View B, and did not interface the collar. I see now why that detail was not included in the directions.

velosewer said...
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velosewer said...

Thanks all.

Carolyn said...

Simply fantastic! You've done an amazing job, it look sos professional. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Nice jacket. Looking very comfortable. :)

Aron from Store Hours

Janine said...

All your hard work has been amply rewarded with a fantastic looking jacket and with our funny weather it looks like you`ll be able to wear it very soon.

Sharon said...

Absolutely stunning, the extra details take it up a notch (sorry if I'm repeating myself) you have done fantastic work on this jacket.

Joy said...

Phew! You must feel like making a t-shirt now!

Your fitting work paid off as it fits really well and all the details make it look quite RTW.

velosewer said...

Thanks Joy. I am working on a few simple pieces at the moment. Cheers.

Sophia said...

Great jacket! I love the color, fabric, and those pockets. It looks great on you!

Noile said...

Wow, your hard work paid off well! I'm so impressed with your zipped pockets, and all the work you put into them. Beautifully done!

Kirsty said...

You've done an amazing job with this jacket - that list of techniques used is exhausting just reading it. I hadn't contemplated zippers in the welt pockets before, now you've upped the ante and I'll have to try them on something soon just to see what they're like. This jacket would definitely have to fall in the 'better than RTW' category.

velosewer said...

Hi Kirsty. It definitely is worth trying the basic version so you become confident with the fit and the jacket's versatility.

MushyWear said...

Your jacket turned out fantastically! It fits you so well, and is made in such a versatile fabric and color. Very well done!

Sheila said...

I can't believe I missed this post... You did an awesome job and can I call you Queen of pockets. It fits you perfectly.

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