Completed: The Minoru Jacket, Round 2

25 Feb

Hey, look, I made another Minoru Jacket! And it’s even better the second time around, yeah? πŸ™‚

Orange Minoru

Ever since I made this my first go-round as a pattern tester, I’ve been dying to revisit this pattern and improve on my finished version. Not that the pattern written as-is needs improvement – it’s pretty wonderful! But there were definitely a few things I wanted to change from my original white version.

Orange Minoru
First and foremost – the size. I don’t know why I did it to begin with, but I definitely cut the wrong size on my first incarnation. It was just toooo big! I cut this one in a straight size 0, with no alterations, and I think the fit is superior.
(As a side note – I know a few of y’all use me as your ~size double~, so I think it’s important to point out that I am not the same size anymore. I don’t know if you can tell from the pictures, but I have lost quite a bit of weight over the last few months and my measurements decreased by a couple of inches. I am now 34-26-35 – just FYI! So with that in mind… the 0 fit me perfectly, and did not need a FBA.)

Orange Minoru
Second necessary change to this pattern – the FABRIC. Oh godddd, the fabric! While I really really loved the idea of white corduroy in theory, the reality was a sad floppy, blindingly white mess on me. While I have seen a few versions that do beautifully with a softer drape to the fabric, I think that in general, this jacket needs a bit of structure. As well as color πŸ™‚

Orange Minoru
For this jacket, I used a fairly thick cotton twill that I picked up at Vogue while I was in Chicago. I knew I wanted something orange or yellow, for visibility. What I didn’t consider was how difficult it would be to pair up colors with this shade of orange, without looking like I was rooting for some shitty sports team. I’m pretty sure I had buyer’s remorse over this fabric almost the instant I bought it, hence why it sat on my sewing shelf for, oh… six months or so.

Orange Minoru
In the end, it was the lining that saved me. That, and a VERY unlikely fashion inspiration.

Orange Minoru
I will tell you who it is, but you have to promise you won’t make fun of me.

Orange Minoru
Orange Minoru

That would be ol’ Andy Bernard from the US version of The Office.
I told you it was weird (and the ~punk rock~ 15 year old in me is weeping right now), but for real – he wears some of the most amazing preppy color combinations! Pink, navy, orange, red, yellow – it’s all sooo good. I don’t know, maybe I’m crazy, but I want my whole wardrobe to mimic his, at least as far as the colors go.

Orange Minoru
Which is exactly why my Minoru turned out awesome. Navy polka dots fix EVERYTHING.

Orange Minoru
And check it out: It matches this sweet silk scarf my mom bought me (now I need to find a way to wear it so it doesn’t look so much like a tie, hmm)

Orange Minoru
Anyway, enough about Andy & Co, back to meeeee

Orange Minoru
I only made a few changes to the pattern – the most noticeable being that I lined the hood. I think the lining is so bright and fun, I wanted it to show when I had the hood out!

Orange Minoru
I omitted the elastic cuffs at the bottom of the sleeves – I found that the original length of the sleeve was long enough without an added cuff. And anyway, I don’t care much for elastic cuffs. As a bonus, I can flip the hem of the sleeves up and show off that fun lining πŸ™‚

Orange Minoru
Oh, yeah, and I added side seam pockets!
This was EASY: I used the pocket piece from my Tiramisu patttern (you can use whatev, but I love the size of this one – it’s perfect for what I need to carry) and inserted the pockets about 1.5″ below the waist markings, understitched, and then sewed up the sides as normal (no topstitching, though, I didn’t want to sew those pockets closed!). Note – when hemming, make sure you don’t grab those pockets before you topstitch the hem πŸ™‚ Depending on their size, they may hang low enough.

The final change I made was to add lining to both pieces of the collar – the pattern only has you line the side where the zipper is inserted (for a clean finish all the way around, and yeah it’s pretty brilliant). However, when you open up the zipper and pull out the hood – you can see the “wrong side” of the collar fabric. I just basted another piece of lining on top of that; now you can see the lining when I pull the hood out.

Orange Minoru
Orange Minoru
I love the hood – it makes me feel all fancy.

Orange Minoru
I have NO IDEA what I’m doing in this picture, but I thought it was too hilarious not to share!

Orange Minoru

Orange Minoru

Orange Minoru

Orange Minoru
My only beef with this jacket is that the material is quite thick, which means the collar is all kinds of crazy huge when the hood is stuffed into it. See what I mean? This wouldn’t be nearly an issue with a lighter weight fabric. The collar isn’t even interfaced – the fabric is just, well, ~robust.

Orange Minoru
But, you know… I think it looks pretty good πŸ™‚

One more secret and then I’ll stop – I couldn’t find 2″ white elastic for the life of me. I ended up having to this stuff:
Orange Minoru
Underwear elastic. So yeah, anytime you see me in this coat… that’s underwear elastic in the back.

One last thing, assuming you’re not experiencing a Lauren Overload right now (sorry sorry!)- I wanted to give a head’s up that I’m participating in Marie’s Watch This Lace group project, and my make just got posted up yesterday! Yeah!

Lace Cinnamon Slip

If you want to read more about it (and see more pictures!), hop on over and take a lurk!

Orange Minoru
Ok, that’ll be all.


69 Responses to “Completed: The Minoru Jacket, Round 2”

  1. didyoumakethat February 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Wow! Literally today I was thinking, ‘Is it time to make a second Minoru?’ A Spring version… mmmm. You know, I did think you’d lost weight! There’ll be nothing left of you, you little smidgen. πŸ˜‰ I REALLY like everything about this latest incarnation. I am still left wondering how you find hours in the day. You’re a powerhouse!

    • LLADYBIRD February 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      HAHA you know, I was thinking about your Minoru the whole time I was sewing this one. We must be channeling each other these days.

      Oh, and I sewed this up over the weekend… Landon was out of town. I seriously did not leave the hose at all on Saturday except to buy some much-needed groceries and that navy separating zipper. One can get a lot done, when they only have to tend to themselves πŸ˜‰

  2. Elisalex - By Hand London February 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Oooooh yes this is really working for me! LOVE the orange, love the turn uppable cuffs. Great minds must all think alike as I too have been snuggling up to some really scrummy coating fabrics thinking about Minoru number two… There was one version I saw, totally forget who’s, and she had added an extra placket to go over the zip with duffel buttons and loops! I think I may have to snaffle that idea…

  3. Rochelle New February 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Hahah those are total Nard-dog colors!! So obviously they’re awesome. I love the giant polka dots. Polka dots pretty much save everything don’t they? I really should attempt some outerwear one of these day… you know. Like, in time for summer when I don’t need it lol. Or maybe I’ll just leave the outerwear to you because you’re amazing at it.

  4. Kay February 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I have the pattern, but no time to make it since Spring is well on the way. Hopefully, I will get cracking on it this Fall – that seems like a long time away right now πŸ™‚ You did a very good job. I am too much of a dull person to even use such a bright color. The color is awesome, and I am always amazed when I see projects done in colors I am too afraid to use πŸ™‚

  5. Becky February 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    OK, all of you have sold me! This Minoru is tied in perfection with another one I saw. I will have to make this. I cannot find a jacket nearly this nice that has all the design elements I want. I’m with you, gotta have side pockets. Lauren, I think this color looks great on you. I am concerned about visibility, too. My current jacket is neon green, and I am sick of it. Oh, and if you have been trying to lose weight, congratulations. You look terrific, but you always did.

  6. Aleksandra February 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    I love it! I’ve been wanting to make a minoru myself and I love the idea of polka-dot lining (I love the idea of polka-dot anything, let’s be honest.) Especially a lined hood! Maybe I will order this pattern and make a nice fall version this summer. Nice work!

  7. Leila February 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Thanks for all the details on how you changed it. I’ve never made a Minoru so I didn’t really know it didn’t have pockets. Pocket me, please. I do have plans to make one to look like Magnus from Sanctuary but I’m having the hardest time finding fabric.

    anyway, cool Andy Minoru!

  8. Gjeometry February 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Oh, I am in love with your jacket. I want one!!!! The colour and polka dot lining and zip off hood. So Great! I must get my hands on this pattern, lots of people have been making it and it is just such a practical and stylish coat. I didn’t know the pattern didn’t have pockets either, I LOVE pockets!

  9. Tracy February 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    If you were going to make something you’ve made before, like say a Peony, do you think you’d still have to do an FBA?

    • LLADYBIRD February 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      It depends on the pattern – some of them have enough ease where they don’t need it. My high bust is 31″, so I cut my patterns based on that and then add fullness to the bust if it’s still too small, if that makes sense.

      • Tracy February 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

        Awesome jacket too!

  10. puu February 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    navy polka dots do make everything better πŸ™‚

  11. Lashell February 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    I really like your Minoru. The lining really makes the jacket. I did the same to my Minoru, lining the hood. On my next one, because I do plan on making another (I love my original), I’m going to line the entire inside of the hood insert because I also notice that it looked a little unflattering seeing the wrong side of my fabric when I pulled the hood out.

  12. Carlee February 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I’m pretty sure I need to make a Minoru now. Those. Polka. Dots. Yes.

  13. Sabs February 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Think yours is the bestest Minoru I’ve seen yet! Makes me want to buy the pattern myself – except that my hubby got me an all singing, all dancing waterproof jacket for my birthday in December (yeah, he gets me all the most romantic stuff) that’s quite similar so it would be like kicking sand in his face…

  14. CGCouture February 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Cute jacket, but it’s the nightie/slip that really stole my heart!

  15. lisa g February 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    oooohhh this might be one of my favorite minorus yet!! it’s totally on my spring “to make” list… yours makes me want it so much sooner. love the lining too!

  16. Sarah W. February 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    I love this jacket!!

  17. sometimessewist February 25, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Love it! Minoru is on my list for March (which is really still Winter here in Wisconsin…we don’t start to see Spring until very late in the month or early April), and your new version is so motivating! Good idea on lining both sides of the collar, too.

  18. Bec February 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    Gorgeous, love the hood and the zip detail. Might try to make one of these in the year 2056

  19. bennomusik February 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Great minoru, I love the orange! A bright color and happy lining can make gray days so cheerful.

  20. Cheryl Fontenot February 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    OMG…this is just so darn cute! LOVE this jacket πŸ™‚ And, yes…when in doubt, go prep! Can’t miss color combos that are fun no matter what your normal style! (My problem is that I look ridiculous wearing anything BUT prep or Lilly…!) Your jacket is just fabulous – and especially the navy polka dot lining! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  21. Jen February 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    The tasia pictures and line drawings of this jacket don’t really do it for me, but you’re the second blog I follow who has made it look fabulous, so now I’m seriously reconsidering whether or not I should try and make one of these! Bah. so little time!!

  22. Rachel Mercado February 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Every time I see that pattern sewn up I love it more!! I’m going to need to make one really soon!

  23. Kathy February 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your measurements and the size you used. Would you mind sharing you height? Thanks.
    Beautiful job!!

    • LLADYBIRD February 26, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      I’m about 5’2″, maybe 5’2.5″ πŸ™‚

  24. Tasha @ By gum, by golly! February 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Heeey I think you got that orange near where I got my blue corduroy! lol

    I totally love this jacket. The polka dots WIN. What a cute idea to line the hood with it!

    • LLADYBIRD February 26, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      Hahaha yep, same dark and scary corner! Man that fabric trip was like the gift that keeps on giving πŸ™‚

  25. Molly February 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    That looks cute and I like it better than your first one! If I made it again, I would def add pockets like you did and line it (or at least the sleeves) in a silky fabric. I managed to rip the wrist of the lining loose on one side because the cotton sticks to my clothes. 😦

    • LLADYBIRD February 26, 2013 at 8:57 am #

      Ahh, bummer! I love your jacket, too! That’s definitely something to keep in mind about the sleeve lining, though – I’ve always used a slippery fabric to make it easier to put the coat on, didn’t consider that it might cause enough friction to rip.

  26. Susan February 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    I have my boring grey twill purchased for mine, but I will take a tip from you and go for the fun lining. I love your 2nd version and am taking note of all your changes. Really cute jacket!

  27. Lori February 25, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    This jacket is amazing and you are so right the lining is the perfect touch. Incredible job.

  28. Lynda February 26, 2013 at 2:02 am #

    Love it especially the polka dots πŸ™‚

  29. Scruffybadger February 26, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    Love it!! I would never have chosen orange, but you make it look so cool, and the lining, well, perfect. Like a load of other commenters I’ve got a minoru ‘on my make list’ with fabric even, but whether I get into it soon enough or something else comes along, will have to see!! I will come back to yours though for some extra tips.

  30. Kessem February 26, 2013 at 4:18 am #

    So cute! I have to be honest here and say that the Minuro is one of those garments that I like on other people but I wouldn’t wear it myself because it’s light years away from my personal style. I love the burned orange color though and the lining and color combo is fab!

  31. nela February 26, 2013 at 5:16 am #

    I love love love your version! I’ve got the pattern, but used it for the advent calendar of my sister. Now I have to steal it back and make a Minoru in orange. And red. And yellow. And…

  32. Maggie February 26, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Love the color, love the lining and love the inspiration! Great job!

  33. sallie February 26, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    I love this jacket! I keep thinking I need to make a Minoru. It’s looks like the perfect all weather biking jacket to me! And just enough jacket for our TX winters. Love your lining! So fun – lining the hood was such a good call!

  34. Andrea February 26, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    It’s perfect. Love the color and lining. And side seam pockets are a great idea. Excellent.

  35. Karen S February 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    The jacket looks fab on you…and love those polka dots!! Great job.

  36. Karen S February 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    PS I’ve really been into orange for the last yr or so (painted my bathroom ‘orange cream’) so I love the color of your jacket.

  37. missjoiedevivre February 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    I love this on you and it’s made me want to get started on mine! Which would be sensible, seeing as it’s almost autumn here.

  38. Tilly February 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Look, Lauren, please can you just stop making so much stuff? Especially when it’s just all so cute and amazing? You’re putting the rest of us to shame! (Well, me I’m any case.) x

  39. lloralye February 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    That coat is lovely! I adore the contrast of the patterned lining.

    xoxo Lorelai
    Seams Unbiased

  40. velosewer February 26, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    It is so much better the second tome around. Your minoru is fab. I like both if mine too.
    The changes you’ve made are perfect!

  41. Maddie Flanigan February 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    oh my goodness, do I really see what is before my eyes? A polka dot lining. Hip, hip, hooray. This jacket is definitely better than your first attempt.

  42. kristonlion February 27, 2013 at 1:42 am #

    I might just have to quit being scared and MAKE THIS JACKET! You nailed it! and I love the fun lining!

  43. Trisha March 1, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    May be my favorite Minoru yet! The navy polka dots with the orange was a great save!

  44. Kimmie March 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Um. Don’t worry. I’ve also found myself smitten with Andy Bernard chic. He does preppy chic so well!!! Also, he has forced me to encourage my fella to heavily invest I’m stripey bow ties!!!

  45. gingermakes March 6, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Ahhhh! This is so cute! Damn, I so want a Minoru! I’ve had the fabric since the fall. 😦 But luckily, our measurements are the same now so I can use you as my fit model! πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD March 6, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      Reeeeeally now??? Good to know… I’m trying on all your clothes this weekend πŸ˜›

  46. Becca March 25, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    So cute! The polka dot lining made me smile. What a fun surprise! This REALLY makes me want to make a lightweight Minoru for spring.

  47. Ruby April 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    I absolutely love your Minoru! I just bought the pattern and invested a small fortune in fabric. There is so much info about this jacket out there and I’m trying to do my research before I start cutting. Is your polka dot lining an actual lining fabric, ie slippery? I so want a fun lining, but can’t find anything fun in a store that is also slippery. Thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD April 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

      The polka dot lining is a slippery lining fabric. You may want to consider just lining the sleeves with something slippery (that’s really the only part that needs it; the body not so much), then you could get a fun whatever for the body lining and just get a slippery solid for the sleeves. Also try looking at the silks if you can’t find a good lining print – this might sound really stupid, but I didn’t even realize that you could buy non-lining fabric to line with, such as silk charmeuse and china silk, as long as it’s slippery. It’s more expensive than traditional lining fabric, but if you’re looking for something special (and considering you already spent $$ on the other fabrics, now is not the time to cheap out haha), it may be worth it to you πŸ™‚

      • Ruby April 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

        Thanks so much!! I can’t wait to get started on it.

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