Minoru jacket reveal
Minoru jacket album
I love this jacket with it's casual outdoor wear look and feminine shape. It is easy to wear, and pretty easy to sew. I used uncut corduroy for this version (yes, there will be more) in a warm rust color. The lining is a leopard print which I think is super fun. I like the raglan sleeves, the gathers along the shoulders, and the elastic waist treatment. The cuffs are also gathered and are tight on the wrist. This is a big plus for me as I like my cuffs to be tidy and stay on my wrists. The velcro on my other jackets gets a workout as I am constantly tightening the cuffs. I also used a double zipper for this version so I could wear it while riding-you need to unzip from the bottom sometimes when on horseback. Before this jacket gets close to Woodrow, I think I'll wear it in clean surroundings for a year or so!
What would I add to make this even better? Pockets! The pattern has interior pockets, but none on the outside. Tasia, of Sewaholic Patterns, has linked to some great tutorials for adding a variety of pockets and I'll be sure to use one of them next time. Besides pockets, I would alter the sleeve length even more than I did. They are so long and the corduroy bunching up bothers me. Not enough to remove the cuff and fix it...but it is a negative in my opinion. Tasia said she wears the cuff down on her hand-not my style and now I know to alter more.
The sizing is close to RTW. I sewed a 10 (36-30-42) with petite alterations, and could have easily sewed an 8. Finished measurements for a 10 are (42-36-49). Pattern sizes run from 0 (30-24-36) to 16 (41-35-47). Finished measurements are quite a bit bigger, and you can adjust by cinching in the waist.
Highly recommended to you!
In closing, thank you so much from both Ross and me for your well wishes and kind comments. We appreciate your support and are touched by your responses.