I would like to introduce you to my new favorite jacket, a military style Sewaholic Minoru! I actually finished this in December right before Christmas, and I have worn it just about every day since then 🙂 The main fabric is a cotton/lycra twill from Mood, and it is amazingly soft, doesn’t wrinkle, and a dream to wear.*This outfit is all handmade! Minoru jacket, Archer button up, Scout lace tee, Jamie jeans. Necklace from Native Clutter.
I made quite a few changes to the original pattern- not that it needed to be changed, in fact I would love to make another one according to the pattern. I just kept seeing these military style jackets everywhere (like this one) and I thought it would be a perfect pattern to copy that look. Soooooooooo…..changes! I’m going to give you the list here, and if you would like more details you can ask me in the comments, OK? I’m just not good at documenting this stuff along the way- when I am working it is a flurry of activity that can’t be interrupted by taking pictures 😉
*Removed 1 1/2″ off the height of the collar
*Added bellows pockets to the front, omitted the inner pocket.
*Reduced the flare on the bottom half for a more straight silhouette
*Changed the bottom half of the sleeve to an Archer sleeve, instead of elastic cuffs.
I used metal ring snaps throughout, and found out they are a @$%! to put in…I had to buy a tool to use, and hammer them in. It took quite a few practice attempts and I almost gave up on them entirely, but I eventually got the hang of it and it went OK. Although now I kind of wish I would have used buttons instead. That has been my story with this jacket- I pretty much have second guessed every single detail…The lining is Bridgetown by Violet Craft, which is a quilting cotton and probably not the best fabric for lining a jacket. But I loved it so much I did it anyway 😉 I lined the sleeves in a grey Bemberg rayon from my stash- lining the sleeves in a slippery fabric makes it easy to get it off and on. Despite being all angsty about the details of this jacket, it is one of my favorite makes ever. I feel all happy to be able to wear a completely hand made outfit, including my outerwear. One of the good things about making a jacket is that you can wear it every day without anyone giving you the side eye. I highly recommend the Minoru pattern, and Tasia did a sew along on her site that helped me sooooo much. I have another jacket in the works, a Republique du Chiffon Gerard. I am pretty much on my own with that one….